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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Islands In The Stream (1977)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1977. Paramount Pictures, Zeeuwse Maatschappij N.V..  Screenplay by Denne Part Petitclerc, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Peter Bart, Max Palevsky.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by William J. Creber.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.  Academy Awards 1977. Ernest Hemingway’s posthumously published final novel is the basis…

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Patton

BBBB (out of 5) George C. Scott soars in this fascinating biopic of General George S. Patton.  He makes a name for himself after a successful 1942 campaign against Rommel in North Africa that turns America’s fortunes around, then plays ego games with the British in his subsequent campaign in Sicily.  The general’s eccentric personality, which…

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The Yellow Rolls-Royce

BB.5 (out of 5) Anthony Asquith and Terence Rattigan team up to recreate the success of The V.I.P.s with another all-star affair, three stories of disappointed love linked by the titular vehicle. It begins in the 1930s, when the luxury car makes its way straight from the factory into the possession of aristocrat Rex Harrison,…

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The Hustler

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Paul Newman solidified his already established status with this perennial classic. Billiards became the hot game of the day after its release, a story about a pooltable hustler (Newman) who is just as sharp with the ladies as he is with his cue. Deciding in his reckless ambition to take on a…

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Anatomy Of A Murder

BBBB (out of 5) Small-town lawyer James Stewart returns from a fishing trip to discover that he is required to defend a soldier who shot a bartender at the town’s local eatery. The defendant (Ben Gazzara in one of his earliest roles) killed the murder victim because he allegedly raped his provocatively sexy wife (Lee Remick, also…

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Firestarter

BB.5 (out of 5) Drew Barrymore has mysterious powers of pyrokinesis as the result of experimentation done on her telekinetic parents in this silly science-fiction film. She’s a sweet little kid, but every time something bad happens to her and she gets upset, she has the terrible habit of setting things on fire. When her father…

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Petulia

BBBB (out of 5) Famous surgeon George C. Scott meets loopy Julie Christie at a benefit and is immediately smitten with her. Unfortunately, she is already married to a callous, wealthy socialite (Richard Chamberlain) who mistreats her something fierce. Through various encounters, accidental and planned, racy and friendly, they find themselves growing to care quite deeply for…

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Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

BBBBB (out of 5) Just like The Americanization of Emily made a comedy out of D-Day, Dr. Strangelove makes light of the Cold War and nuclear warfare. Seems tasteless, but actually it’s a brilliantly directed, extremely intelligent satire on the ridiculousness of the subject it deals with. Peter Sellers is fantastic in three roles, one…

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Gloria (1999)

BBB (out of 5) Sharon Stone‘s gutsy performance is the best reason to watch this adequately done but premature remake of John Cassavetes’ 1980 gangster film (that starred his wife Gena Rowlands, who also starred with Stone a year earlier than this film in The Mighty).  She plays a hit woman for the mob who…

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The Day Of The Dolphin

BB.5 (out of 5) This film starts out whimsically entertaining but boils down to such a cheesy outcome that it ends up being a bit embarrassing for all involved. George C. Scott plays a Dr. Dolittle dolphin trainer who has taught his two pets to actually speak. When they’re kidnapped and put into the service…

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The Rescuers Down Under

BB (out of 5) Inferior sequel to the delightful 1977 original has the clever agents for the Rescue Aid Society being recruited to Australia to save a kidnapped boy. Little mice Bernard and Bianca (Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor reprising their voice roles) are working towards solidifying their relationship when the call comes that the…

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