The Exorcist III (1990)

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel Legion.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Carter deHaven.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Dana Lyman.  Film Editing by Peter Lee-Thompson, Todd C. Ramsay.  William Peter Blatty takes the franchise over as both…

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RoboCop 2

BBB.5 (out of 5) Paul Verhoeven’s masterful science-fiction drama is given a sequel that, as continuations of magnificent action films go, ain’t half bad.  The Detroit that Peter Weller‘s half-human, half-cyborg crimefighter was invented to clean up has gotten worse in the three years since the last film, with the police force on strike and the city taken…

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Selma (2014)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Cloud Eight Films, Celador Films, Harpo Films, Pathe, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Webb.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey.  Music by Jason Moran.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.  Academy Awards 2014.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.   By 1964, the…

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Remember The Titans

BBBB (out of 5) What do you get when you mix manipulative comedy-drama that plays its historical backdrop of racial intolerance in 1970s Virginia too broadly, with the slam-bang ridiculous action style of movies from the producing efforts of Jerry Bruckheimer? Not to mention an anti-airtight script that wanders around looking for a backbone? Thoroughly…

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Blue Sky

BB.5 (out of 5) Jessica Lange deservedly won an Academy Award for her terrific performance as the near-nymphomaniacal wife of a career army man (Tommy Lee Jones) who must fight to save her husband when he is involved in a coverup involving nuclear arms testing. It’s got a lot of great dramatic impact, thanks mostly to…

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The Real McCoy

BB.5 (out of 5) Kim Basinger‘s excellent performance is let down every step of the way by a dull story in this flat action movie. She plays an ex-con who is determined to escape her past as a robber and lead a totally crime-free life with her young son. Unfortunately, her former employer (Terence Stamp)…

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October Sky

BBBB (out of 5) Jake Gyllenhaal‘s impressive starring debut was in this excellent family drama. It’s the true story of Homer Hickam (you know a writer wouldn’t make up that name), a boy from a West Virginia coal mining town who, along with his three best friends, dreams of being a rocket scientist after witnessing…

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Fled

BBB (out of 5) Distracting but unbelievable film about two ex-convicts (Laurence Fishburne, Stephen Baldwin) who break free from a chain gang and spend the rest of the time trying to escape the same men (on both sides of the law) who put them in the clink in the first place. Baldwin plays a computer…

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The Blind Side

BBB (out of 5) Sandra Bullock  shines so bright in this film that its shortcomings are wholly forgiveable. It tells the true story of Michael Oher, at the beginning of the film a shy young black man with no home or family who is sent to an upscale Christian school in Memphis. There he catches…

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The Firm

BBB (out of 5) The first film adaptation of a John Grisham novel is still the most financially successful.  Tom Cruise plays a green lawyer who is hired to work at an awe-inspiring law firm led by the powerful Gene Hackman. All seems to be perfect until he realizes that his superiors got up as far…

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Runaway Jury

BBB (out of 5) Some enjoyment can definitely be had from this slick adaptation of John Grisham’s novel, another in a long line of film versions of the author’s best-selling thrillers. Never one to settle into any kind of repetitive formulas, it once again has the little guys going against the evil big guys in…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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