American Dreamer (1984)

RICK ROSENTHAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1984.  CBS Theatrical Films.  Story by Ann Biderman, Screenplay by David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf.  Cinematography by Jan de Bont, Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Doug Chapin.  Music by Lewis Furey.  Production Design by Brian Eatwell.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Anne Goursaud. Made at the height of the popularity of eighties concept comedies,…

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Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)

JOHN DUIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Australia, 1993.  Laughing Kookaburra Productions, Sargasso Productions.  Screenplay by Jan Sharp, Carole Angier, from the novel by Jean Rhys, based on characters created by Charlotte Bronte.  Cinematography by Geoff Burton.  Produced by Jan Sharp.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Franckie Diago.  Costume Design by Norma Moriceau.  Film Editing by Anne Goursaud, Jimmy Sandoval.   A…

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The Outsiders (1983)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1983.  Zoetrope Studios, AMLF.  Screenplay by Kathleen Rowell, based on the novel by S.E. Hinton.  Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.  Produced by Gray Frederickson, Fred Roos.  Music by Carmine Coppola.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Kathleen Gore-Misko, Ernest Misko.  Film Editing by Anne Goursaud. Whatever has made S.E. Hinton’s novella such a…

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  American Zoetrope, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Osiris Films.  Screenplay by James V. Hart, based on the novel by Bram Stoker.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs, Charles Mulvehill.  Music by Wojciech Kilar.  Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders.  Costume Design by Eiko Ishioka.  Film Editing by Anne Goursaud,…

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Crimes Of The Heart (1986)

BRUCE BERESFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1986.  De Laurentiis Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by Beth Henley, based on her play.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Freddie Fields.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Anne Goursaud.   Three very different sisters reunite after the youngest of them (Sissy Spacek) shoots her husband…

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Lost Souls

BB (out of 5) Typical humdrum spiritual thriller that is a small cut above the embarrassing Bless The Child on the scarefest front but not anywhere near the level of Agnieszka Holland’s The Third Miracle when it comes to its examination of faith and redemption.  Winona Ryder is given a one-note role that she tries to…

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Ironweed (1987)

HECTOR BABENCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Home Box Office, Keith Barish Productions, TAFT Entertainment Pictures.  Screenplay by William Kennedy, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Lauro Escorel.  Produced by Keith Barish, Marcia Nasatir.  Music by John Morris.   Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Anne Goursaud.  Although it’s a difficult story that doesn’t make…

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