Raise The Titanic (1980)

JERRY JAMESON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom/USA, 1980.  ITC Films.  Screenplay by Adam Kennedy, adaptation by Eric Hughes, based on the novel by Clive Cussler.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by William Frye.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by Robert F. Shugrue, J. Terry Williams. An adventure so dull, you…

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Clear And Present Danger

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Jack Ryan returns for his third screen adventure in this highly superior drama that comes close to the riveting suspense of The Hunt For Red October.  Harrison Ford improves on his performance from Patriot Games as the out-of-his-depth CIA operative who takes a high-ranking position when his mentor and close friend (James…

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Patriot Games

BBB.5 (out of 5) CIA man Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford, continuing the role that Alec Baldwin created in The Hunt For Red October) becomes the target of revenge after he takes out an IRA terrorist on a visit to Ireland. The victim’s brother (Sean Bean) travels to America in order for payback, starting a series…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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Narrow Margin (1990)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1990.  Carolco Pictures.  Screenplay by Peter Hyams, based on the earlier film story by Martin Goldsmith, Jack Leonard, screenplay by Earl Felton.  Cinematography by Peter Hyams.  Produced by Jonathan A. Zimbert.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Joel Schiller.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by James Mitchell.   Remake of the 1952 Richard Fleischer thriller…

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Body Of Evidence

BB (out of 5) Basic Instinct was soon followed by a whole slew of worthless imitators, and this terrible film is no exception. When an aged millionaire is found dead of a heart attack in his bed after a night of rough sex, his seductive art gallery-owning girlfriend (Madonna) decides she’s in need of a…

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The Art Of War

BB.5 (out of 5) Wesley Snipes plays a cop (or something) who goes undercover to retrieve something computerized and I can’t remember anything else except that I was always seventeen steps ahead of the plot (which means I’d already forgotten the movie when I was twenty minutes into it). B-movie regular Michael Biehn (who once…

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Luck, Trust And Ketchup: Robert Altman In Carver Country

BBB (out of 5) After a decade of consistent work done mostly beyond intense critical attention (like that matters), Robert Altman found himself back in the top list of American cinema masters with the release of his Oscar-nominated hit The Player.  Altman himself had recently rediscovered an adoration for the stories of Raymond Carver, inspired…

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Short Cuts

BBBBB (out of 5) This three-hour masterpiece adapts a number of Raymond Carver stories and blends them into one seamless epic. The stories concern a group of individuals living in California and the many challenges that they face in their lives. Julianne Moore stands out as a painter living with a sexually repressed husband (Matthew Modine),…

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