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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Hollywood Shuffle

BB (out of 5) Robert Townsend does a fantastic job of taking Hollywood to task for its narrow portrayals of African Americans in the movies throughout the decades; it’s a shame that the quality of his movie isn’t up to par with the message, but that doesn’t mean you’ll regret watching it. He’s thoroughly likable…

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Chasers

BB (out of 5) In this loose remake of The Last Detail, Navy boys William McNamara and Tom Berenger are assigned to escort Barbie-doll prisoner Erika Eleniak across the country to her new penitentiary where she will serve time for having gone AWOL from the army. Naturally, she’s even more trouble than she looks, managing to cause…

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Licence To Kill

BBBB (out of 5) Timothy Dalton‘s second outing as British agent James Bond 007 is as thrilling as the first time around, and features a much darker story than usual. This time, Bond leaves his agency and goes on a personal mission to avenge the maiming of his good friend Felix Leiter (of the CIA)…

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Hair

BBBB (out of 5) The energy is tangible in this exciting adaptation of the groundbreaking, taboo-smashing Broadway musical. Sadly, the film took so long to get to the screen that the subject was no longer groundbreaking or taboo, but the songs still sound beautiful. Forman and company take the original play, which was more or…

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Die Hard

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Action-packed, exciting tower-of-terrors movie that features Bruce Willis in the role that deservedly made him a superstar. What do you need when German terrorists take a Japanese-owned California building hostage?  A New York cop, of course! Alan Rickman plays the head of terrorists who hold up a forty-story building on Christmas…

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Lethal Weapon 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Caught between the excellent Lethal Weapon and the mindlessly entertaining Lethal Weapon 3, this lackluster installment doesn’t really stand up all too well. Mel Gibson is once again the loose cannon and Danny Glover the straight-laced cop who partner up on the Los Angeles police force. When they interview a witness (Joe…

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Lethal Weapon

BBBB (out of 5) The highly successful buddy-cop franchise got its start in this fun action adventure. Mel Gibson stars as a burnt-out cop whose mourning over his dead wife has caused him to be reckless in his work. His superiors partner him up with aging family man Danny Glover in the hopes that the partnership will…

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Turbulence

BB.5 (out of 5) You’ll get guilty pleasure from this silly thrill ride about a plucky flight attendant (a strong Lauren Holly) who gets the flight of a lifetime when her airline flies a psychotic madman (Ray Liotta) across the country on a private chartered flight. Once Liotta has managed to free himself and dispense…

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Demolition Man

BBB.5 (out of 5) Great action and a healthy sense of imagination highlight this somewhat silly action film. When a psychotic killer (Wesley Snipes) from the twentieth century is thawed out of cryogenic prison for his parole some decades into the future, he is unleashed upon a society where violence seems to have vanished and a…

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Street Fighter

BB (out of 5) The popular video game makes its way to the big screen with bizarrely terrible results. Jean-Claude Van Damme gives a weak performance (even by his standards) as a powerful soldier for a UN-esque security force that is trying to put down the terrible occupation of a fictional country being terrorized by a…

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