The Killers (1964)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Revue Studios.  Screenplay by Gene L. Coon, based on the story by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Richard L. Rawlings.  Produced by Don Siegel.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Frank Arrigo, George B. Chan.  Costume Design by Helen Colvig.  Film Editing by Richard Belding.  Don Siegel excitingly remakes the Robert Siodmak classic using Ernest … More The Killers (1964)

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Duets

BB (out of 5) Looking for a good musical? Bypass this one quickly, about a group of shallow characters who work their way towards a national karaoke contest. Scott Speedman plays the sleepy-eyed cutiepie (a role once marked for Brad Pitt years before he and co-star Gwyneth Paltrow broke up) who escorts Maria Bello (a well performed but poorly … More Duets

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world … More Pay It Forward

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Rio Bravo

BBBB.5 (out of 5) John Wayne is terrific as the sheriff of a dusty western town who has invited all manner of trouble when he imprisons the brother of a famous criminal. The bad guy and his goons check in to the hotel across the street from the town jail, and the time is spent just … More Rio Bravo

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Sabrina (1995)

BB (out of 5) Remaking Billy Wilder’s 1954 comedy classic starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart was a bad idea in the first place, but considering the cast you’d think it could still be better.  Julia Ormond aptly steps into Hepburn’s shoes as the plucky young lass who lives above the garage of her rich … More Sabrina (1995)

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Dressed To Kill

BBB.5 (out of 5) Of all the films that Brian DeHitchcock has made as tribute to the master of suspense, this one is the most enjoyable and also probably the scariest as well. Angie Dickinson plays a beautiful, icy blonde woman (a la Hitchcock) who relates her sexual fantasies to her psychiatrist (Michael Caine, a la … More Dressed To Kill

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