The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA/Germany, 1997.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Kopelson Entertainment, Taurus Film, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy, based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by … More The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

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Danny Collins

BB.5 (out of 5) Al Pacino plays a Manilow-esque crooner who hasn’t written a song in decades but spends his time making tons of cash playing stadium concerts for the nostalgia crowd. His long-time devoted manager (Christopher Plummer) informs him that he has found an incredible artifact that neither of them knew about before: a … More Danny Collins

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The Humbling

BB (out of 5) An aging actor (Al Pacino) struggling to keep control over his work and his life loses the will to go on and throws himself off a stage midway through a Broadway performance of As You Like It. He checks himself into a clinic before being released and sent home to his … More The Humbling

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Scarecrow

BBBB (out of 5) Two top-notch performances are the biggest draw to this odd but satisfying drama. Gene Hackman has just been released from prison and is planning to go to Pittsburgh and open up a car wash business there.  Al Pacino has just returned from years in the Navy and is on his way to reunite … More Scarecrow

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The Merchant Of Venice

BBBB (out of 5) In sixteenth century Venice, the city’s rampant anti-Semitism has its own racism bite back when a Jewish moneylender (Al Pacino) looks to be repaid for the bond he has signed with a merchant (Jeremy Irons). Joseph Fiennes plays the lovestruck Bassanio, a young man in difficult financial circumstances who longs to woo … More The Merchant Of Venice

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Insomnia (2002)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Canada, 2002.  Alcon Entertainment, Witt/Thomas Productions, Section Eight, Insomnia Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Hillary Seitz, based on the 1997 screenplay by Nikolaj Frobenius, Erik Skjoldbjaerg.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Broderick Johnson, Paul Junger Witt, Andrew A. Kosove, Edward McDonnell.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film Editing … More Insomnia (2002)

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Frankie And Johnny

BBBB (out of 5) This enjoyable drama is based on Terrence McNally’s play Frankie and Johnny In The Claire De Lune, about an overworked diner waitress (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is romanced by the short-order cook (Al Pacino) who works with her. While Pfeiffer is a ridiculously glamorous choice for the role (it was played by … More Frankie And Johnny

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