The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

BBBB (out of 5) A Russian submarine traversing the depths of the Atlantic off the coast of New Hampshire accidentally runs aground and strands its Soviet passengers on shore, witnessed by a little boy whose parents (Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint) don’t believe his stories about Russian spies on the beach until they break into…

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All Of Me

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Among the very best performances Steve Martin has ever given. During a ritualistic ceremony in which an Indian guru (the painfully unfunny racial stereotype being the film’s only flaw) tries to take the soul of a dying rich heiress (Lily Tomlin) and place it into a young, healthy woman (Victoria Tennant, Martin’s real-life…

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Summer School

BBB (out of 5) Mark Harmon plays a gym teacher who is unwittingly roped in to teaching a summer school course in English to a bunch of underachievers. Never having taught an academic course in his life, he is met not only with the decided resistance of the class but with his own lack of confidence…

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That Old Feeling

BBBB (out of 5) The first film Bette Midler produced through her company All Girl Productions since For The Boys is this hilarious comedy, in which she and Dennis Farina are fantastic as bickering ex-spouses who reunite during their daughter’s wedding and end up running away together. Paula Marshall is the exasperated daughter and bride who bumbles around…

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Where’s Poppa?

B (out of 5) George Segal made a promise to his dying father that no matter what happened, he would not put his aging mother (Ruth Gordon) in a nursing home. Living with her incredible senility is difficult, however, particularly when Segal falls in love with the new nurse (Trish Van Devere) that he has hired…

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The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle

BB.5 (out of 5) Not great but very sometimes funny update of the classic television cartoon. The inane plot involves the evil trio of Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro), Boris (Jason Alexander) and Natasha (Rene Russo), who have turned themselves from cartoon into live-action so that they can buy a television station and take over…

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The Thrill Of It All (1963)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1963.  Ross Hunter Productions, Arwin Productions.  Story by Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, Screenplay by Carl Reiner.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   Certainly one of Doris Day‘s most energetic and colourful…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  …

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Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, WV Films III.  Screenplay by George Nolfi, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   After…

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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, WV Films II, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission.  Screenplay by Ted Griffin, based on the 1960 film, story by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell, Screenplay by Harry Brown, Charles Lederer.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by…

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