The Money Pit (1986)

RICHARD BENJAMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1986.  Amblin Entertainment, U-Drive Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by David Giler.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Art Levinson, Frank Marshall.  Music by Michel Colombier.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas. Tom Hanks and Shelley Long are in love, their domestic bliss in her New … More The Money Pit (1986)

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The Paper Chase

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Timothy Bottoms arrives for his first year of Harvard Law and is immediately made a target by a legendary professor (theatrical and film producer John Houseman in his first major film acting role), who treats him with both derision and admiration depending on what the day’s case studies bring. Bottoms makes friends and … More The Paper Chase

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Up The Sandbox

BBBB (out of 5) Barbra Streisand is great as a New York housewife who is constantly indulging in odd daydreams, some pleasant and some paranoid, about all aspects of her life. Is her husband faithful? What do people think about when they stare at her? Is there something about the crisis in Cuba that she … More Up The Sandbox

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Pennies From Heaven

BBBB (out of 5) The dark days of the Depression are set against the bright lights of Hollywood musicals in this terrific film by Herbert Ross.   Steve Martin plays an unhappy travelling salesman who dreams of opening up his own record shop because he believes that no one knows music like he does. He proves … More Pennies From Heaven

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The Devil’s Own

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1997.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Kevin Jarre, Screenplay by David Aaron Cohen, Vincent Patrick, Kevin Jarre.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert F. Colesberry, Lawrence Gordon.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Tom Rolf, Dennis Virkler.   Much publicity was given … More The Devil’s Own

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Presumed Innocent

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros., Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Frank Pierson, Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by Scott Turow.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Sydney Pollack, Mark Rosenberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by John Boxer.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman.   Harrison Ford plays a well-respected … More Presumed Innocent

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The Parallax View

BBBB (out of 5) Terrific paranoid thriller in which Warren Beatty plays a reporter whose work is often looked down upon by his colleagues. After the assassination of a prominent American politician, he begins to notice that reporters present at the murder are also being bumped off one by one. This takes him on an … More The Parallax View

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