Cry Freedom

BBB (out of 5) Newspaper editor Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) considers himself a liberal with a fair and unbiased opinion about racial inequality in his native South Africa, viewing a freedom fighter like Steve Biko (Denzel Washington) as a reckless activist for an otherwise worthy cause. An article about Biko in Woods’ newspaper is seen as incendiary … More Cry Freedom

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House of Games

BBBB (out of 5) Lindsay Crouse is excellent as a psychiatrist who has hit the limelight with the publication of a best-selling book.  High on her superior power, she blurs the professional line when a patient of hers tells her that he is on the hook with a bunch of gamblers and is in danger of … More House of Games

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La Bamba

BBB.5 (out of 5) Touching, energetic film biography of pop singer Richie Vallens, who was among the first Latino sensations to hit the airwaves in the sixties. Born to a poor family in California, Vallens (Lou Diamond Phillips) overcame his humble origins and kept singing his music until it made him famous. Sadly, his life … More La Bamba

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Baby Boom

BBB (out of 5) Diane Keaton is a riot in this charming comedy about a businesswoman who suddenly finds herself in the position of motherhood. After a distant relative dies, a child services employee shows up during a busy work day with infant in tow and tells Keaton that, as she is the child’s only family, … More Baby Boom

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Roxanne

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In this modernized adaptation of Cyrano De Bergerac, adapted by Steve Martin from Edmond Rostand’s play, he plays a good-hearted fireman with a famously large nose that he refuses to talk about. When a gorgeous astronomer named Roxanne (Daryl Hannah) moves into town for the summer, he is immediately smitten but unable … More Roxanne

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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 … More Fatal Attraction (1987)

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Gaby: A True Story

BBB.5 (out of 5) Soapy but still touching story of a physically challenged young woman who does everything she can to live a perfectly confident life. Rachel Chagall is excellent in a true story as Gabriela Brimmer, a woman afflicted by cerebral palsy but taught by her nurse (Norma Aleandro) to read and to write, leading … More Gaby: A True Story

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