Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book

BBB.5 (out of 5) Exotic, visually opulent adaptation of the famous children’s book features a more robust Mowgli (Jason Scott Lee) and a wilder adventure than was featured in the Disney version. A young boy is abandoned in the jungle and raised by animals, only to find himself at odds with humanity when civilization starts…

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The Other Side Of The Mountain

BBB (out of 5) Based on the true story of Jill Kinmont, who suffered injuries that rendered her paralyzed from the neck down during a skiing accident while competing to qualify for the US Olympic team. Marilyn Hassett stars, quite appealingly, as the spunky young woman who could never be prevented from getting her own…

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Two-Minute Warning

BBB.5 (out of 5) Standard entry in the formula of disaster flicks that became popular after the success of movies like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, with a plot that could be described in ten words: lone gunman opens fire on packed stadium, causes noisy mayhem. While waiting for the five-minute climax that…

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102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful to the original animated version of the 60s than its predecessor, Lima keeps the pace going and keeps the action lively. This…

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Witness (1985)

PETER WEIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Paramount Pictures, Edward S. Feldman Production.  Story by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, Earl W. Wallace, Screenplay by William Kelley, Earl W. Wallace.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Edward S. Feldman.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Stan Jolley.  Costume Design by Dallas D. Dornan, Shari Feldman.  Film Editing by Thom Noble.  Academy Awards 1985.  Golden Globe…

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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/USA/Canada, 2002.  First Light Production, IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 2. Produktions KG, Intermedia Films, K-19 Film Production, National Geographic Society, New Regency Pictures, Palomar Pictures.  Story by Louis Nowra, Screenplay by Christopher Kyle.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.  Produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Edward S. Feldman, Sigurjon Sightvatsson, Christine Whitaker. Music…

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The Truman Show (1998)

PETER WEIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1998.  Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Andrew Niccol.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Edward S. Feldman, Andrew Niccol, Scott Rudin, Adam Schroeder.  Music by Burkhard von Dallwitz.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Marilyn Matthews.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson, Lee Smith.  Academy Awards 1998.  Golden Globe Awards 1998.   Perfectly written, acted, directed…

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