The Exorcist III (1990)

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel Legion.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Carter deHaven.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Dana Lyman.  Film Editing by Peter Lee-Thompson, Todd C. Ramsay.  William Peter Blatty takes the franchise over as both…

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What Maisie Knew

BB (out of 5) Henry James’s novel, about a couple’s divorce seen through the eyes of their precocious little girl, is updated to modern day with an opaque Onata Aprile playing the tot who is torn between bickering parents Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan.  The upper class origins of the novel’s couple have been turned into the…

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Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle

BBBB (out of 5) Alan Rudolph, the mini-Robert Altman, comes up with a formless foray into the world of Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and the Algonquin set of New York in the 1930s. Parker, a noted drama critic and fiction writer, was the most notable individual of a group of writers, painters, actors and…

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Leaves Of Grass

BB (out of 5) Classics professor Edward Norton has worked hard to make himself the foremost scholar on ancient Greek philosophy, so much so that top Ivy League schools are starting to court him for their faculty. The future is threatened when he gets a phone call telling him that his decidedly opposite-personality but identical…

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Lorenzo’s Oil

BBBB (out of 5) Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon play two real-life heroes, Augusto and Michaela Odone, two parents who found themselves with no place to turn when their son Lorenzo was diagnosed with a debilitating and eventually terminal genetic disease. Deciding that they were tired of the doctors around them who couldn’t give them any help,…

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The Paper

BBBB (out of 5) Michael Keaton is excellent as a tabloid reporter whose one twenty-four hour day is the subject of this fast-paced comedy/drama. He has to contend with a hot, breaking story involving a murder in downtown New York, a bitchy editor (Glenn Close) who prefers sales over integrity, a severely pregnant wife (Marisa Tomei)…

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Single White Female

BB (out of 5) Deliver us from evil roommates–and this movie, while you’re at it. Bridget Fonda decides to take in a roommate to help ease the rent after she shucks her unfaithful boyfriend. After a series of possibilities she settles on shy, weird Jennifer Jason Leigh (at her creepiest). At first it seems that Leigh’s…

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Picture Perfect

BBB (out of 5) Jennifer Aniston is delightful in this romantic comedy as a ladder-climbing advertising executive who gets wedding photographer Jay Mohr to pose as her fiance to impress her employers and stimulate the man of her dreams (Kevin Bacon). It’s not hard to see where this clutzy little arrangement will take these two, but at…

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