Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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My Cousin Vinny

BBBB (out of 5) One of the funniest and most memorable comedies in recent years, with two college roommates (Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield) taking off for college in their vintage convertible. When a misunderstanding at a southern roadside convenience store sees them accused of murder, Macchio calls upon his only hope for survival to bail…

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The Cotton Club

BBBB (out of 5) Only a filmmaker of Francis Ford Coppola’s skill could make such a mess of a film into something so enjoyable. The weakly plotted screenplay intends to tell of two sets of brothers, one white (Richard Gere, Nicolas Cage) and one black (Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines), though the story really focuses on…

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Ironweed

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Although it’s a difficult story that doesn’t make for light fare, this Depression-era melodrama is a marvelous character study with a huge emotional payoff in the end. Jack Nicholson plays a drifter who wanders the desolate streets of the city after having years ago left his middle-class family when tragedy left…

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Shadows And Fog (1991)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1991.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Woody Allen really misfires in this Kafka-esque comedy that only his diehard fans will truly enjoy (and even then they’ll have to work…

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