Flesh And Bone

BBBB (out of 5) Dennis Quaid is mesmerizing as a nomadic cowboy who goes from town to town working his vending machines until he happens upon a free-spirited woman (an excellent Meg Ryan) with a mysterious past. He has no idea that this stranger is about to unleash a flood of skeletons from the family closet…

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Assassins

BB.5 (out of 5) Routine thriller with Sylvester Stallone as a hit man locked on to the idea of retiring when a new kid on the block (Antonio Banderas) decides to keep him in the game. This time, unfortunately, Sly is pushed into playing the role of prey instead of predator.  Julianne Moore plays the technology expert…

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The Shawshank Redemption

FRANK DARABONT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Powerful drama based on the short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King.  Tim Robbins innocently goes to prison for the murder of his wife and befriends a battle-scarred jail veteran (Morgan Freeman) who teaches him a thing or two about life on the inside. Freeman…

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Thelma and Louise (1991)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/France, 1991. Pathé Entertainment, Percy Main, Star Partners III Ltd., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Callie Khouri.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin, Ridley Scott.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Norris Spencer.  Costume Design by Elizabeth McBride.  Film Editing by Thom Noble.  Academy Awards 1991.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1991.  Golden Globe Awards 1991.  National Board of…

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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

BRUCE BERESFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1989.  The Zanuck Company.  Screenplay by Alfred Uhry, based on his play.  Cinematography by Peter James.  Produced by Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Elizabeth McBride.  Film Editing by Mark Warner.  Academy Awards 1989.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1989.  Golden Globe Awards 1989.  National Board…

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China Moon

BB.5 (out of 5) Dull sex thriller features the usual cop-can’t-resist-the-dangerously-complex-femme fatale plotline. Ed Harris is investigating the murder of a Florida resident but finds himself the target of suspicion when it is discovered that he is in love with the victim’s wife (Madeleine Stowe). Benicio Del Toro plays his detective partner who may or may not…

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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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