Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)

ROD DANIEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1993.  Northern Lights Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Len Blum, based on characters created by John Hughes, Amy Holden Jones.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Michael C. Gross, Joe Medjuck.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Lawrence Miller.  Costume Design by April Ferry.  Film…

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Poetic Justice (1993)

JOHN SINGLETON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1993.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Deal Productions, Nickel.  Screenplay by John Singleton.  Cinematography by Peter Lyons Collister.  Produced by Steve Nicolaides, John Singleton.  Music by Stanley Clarke.  Production Design by Keith Brian Burns.  Costume Design by Darryle Johnson.  Film Editing by Bruce Cannon.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   John Singleton made history by becoming, at the…

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In The Name Of The Father (1993)

JIM SHERIDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom, 1993.  Hell’s Kitchen Films, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Terry George, Jim Sheridan, based on the book Proved Innocent by Gerry Conlon.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Jim Sheridan.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Caroline Amies.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.  Academy Awards 1993.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

HENRY SELICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Touchstone Pictures.  Story by Tim Burton, Screenplay by Caroline Thompson, adaptation by Michael McDowell.  Cinematography by Pete Kozachik.  Produced by Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Deane Taylor.  Film Editing by Stan Webb.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   Awe-inspiring animation is the highlight of this excellent musical that…

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Six Degrees Of Separation (1993)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Maiden Movies, New Regency Pictures.  Screenplay by John Guare, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Fred Schepisi.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   John Guare adapts his excellent play…

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Dave (1993)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Warner Bros., Northern Lights Entertainment, Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions.  Screenplay by Gary Ross.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Ivan Reitman, Lauren Shuler Donner.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Sheldon Kahn.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   Delightful political comedy, featuring a brilliant screenplay…

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Strictly Ballroom (1992)

BAZ LUHRMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Australia, 1992.  M & A, Australian Film Finance Corporation, Beyond Films.  Screenplay by Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, based on an earlier story by Baz Luhrmann and screenplay by Baz Luhrmann, Andrew Bovell.  Cinematography by Steve Mason.  Produced by Tristram Miall.  Music by David Hirschfelder.  Production Design by Catherine Martin.  Costume Design by Angus Strathie.  Film Editing by…

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Addams Family Values (1993)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Rudnick, based on characters created by Charles Addams.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Arthur Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   In this…

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In The Line Of Fire

BBBB (out of 5) Trust Wolfgang Petersen to come up with a cop thriller that’s a good cut above the genre average. Clint Eastwood plays a near-retired agent who never got over the fact that President Kennedy died on his watch. Now old demons have returned to haunt him when a psychotic madman (John Malkovich)…

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

LASSE HALLSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Peter Hedges, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by David Matalon, Bertil Ohlsson, Meir Teper.  Music by Bjorn Isfalt, Alan Parker.  Production Design by Bernt Amadeus Capra.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993. National Board of Review…

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A Dangerous Woman

BB (out of 5) A great deal of publicity preceded this film, mainly pushing Debra Winger for awards consideration; ultimately the film made little impact and she got all her nominations for Shadowlands that year instead. She’s effective as a mentally challenged woman who lives with her patient aunt (Barbara Hershey) and is known for always being completely honest. Her…

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What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

BRIAN GIBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB. USA, 1993.  Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Kate Lanier, based on the book I, Tina by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder.  Cinematography by Jamie Anderson.  Produced by Doug Chapin, Barry Krost.  Music by Stanley Clarke.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Stuart H. Pappé.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.    Tina Turner’s…

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