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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The Client

BBBB (out of 5) The best John Grisham novel adaptation made so far (and most likely ever) is this excellent thriller starring newcomer Brad Renfro as a young Louisiana pre-teen who witnesses a suicide by a prominent big city lawyer. It turns out that the victim in question was the advocate for a known leader of … More The Client

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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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Kindergarten Cop

BBB.5 (out of 5) Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a successful transition to full-fledged comedy with this charming film. He plays a tough city cop on the trail of a ruthless drug dealer (Richard Tyson) whose strongest lead is the criminal’s ex-wife (Penelope Ann Miller) who needs to be protected in case her testimony is required in court. … More Kindergarten Cop

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The Evening Star

BBB (out of 5) Although there are some high points in this sequel to 1983’s Oscar winning Terms Of Endearment, the elements of the original that didn’t survive to the sequel are sorely missing.  Shirley MacLaine is once again Texas matriarch Aurora Greenway who, following the death of her daughter Emma, has raised her three grandchildren with … More The Evening Star

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Proof Of Life

BB (out of 5) Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe star in this political thriller about a woman whose life is turned upside down when her engineer husband (David Morse) is kidnapped by a revolutionary army in a fictitious South American country. Crowe plays the hostage negotiations expert who helps get her husband back after months of being … More Proof Of Life

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Dolores Claiborne

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Stephen King’s most fascinating stories is this drama about the turbulent relationship between aging Maine widow Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) and her estranged journalist daughter Selena St. George (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Selena returns home from her fancy New York life when her mother is accused of murdering her very … More Dolores Claiborne

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