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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Mister Roberts (1955)

MERVYN LeROY, JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1955.  Warner Bros., Orange.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Joshua Logan, based on the play by Thomas Heggen, Joshua Logan, from the novel by Thomas Heggen.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.  Academy…

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Red River

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Up there with The Searchers and Rio Bravo as the best westerns that John Wayne ever made. He gives a great performance as a hard-bitten cattle rancher who, against his better judgement, makes a near-impossible cattle drive from Texas to Missouri.  Montgomery Clift is fantastic as his adopted son, who gets tired of…

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Rio Bravo

BBBB.5 (out of 5) John Wayne is terrific as the sheriff of a dusty western town who has invited all manner of trouble when he imprisons the brother of a famous criminal. The bad guy and his goons check in to the hotel across the street from the town jail, and the time is spent just…

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She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings, based on the short stories The Big Hunt and War Party by James Warner Bellah.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Michael Meyers, Ann Peck.  Film Editing by…

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Back To The Future Part III

BBBB (out of 5) The fun continues! When filming began on the set of Back To The Future Part II, the filmmakers decided that they had far too much story for one film and ended up making two instead. This left a dull, shallow sequel (II) followed by a much more satisfying, entertaining ride (III)….

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The Searchers (1956)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1956.  C.V. Whitney Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, based on the novel by Alan Le May.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by James Basevi, Frank Hotaling.  Costume Design by Charles Arrico.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.   A perfect Western, and a study in the dark…

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Gremlins

BBBB (out of 5) The perfect way to entertain the kids, a horror movie that isn’t too horrific. The bad guys in this film are never particularly evil, just incredibly rude and mischievous, and all the more fun for us.  Zach Galligan plays an earnest teenage boy living in a small town that is undergoing…

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Tombstone

BBBB (out of 5) The disappointment of Lawrence Kasdan’s bloated, self-important Wyatt Earp is well made up for in this exciting Western. Rather than trying to inject any kind of historical revisionism into the classic Hollywood form (something that Andrew Dominik would do so much better than Kasdan with The Assassination Of Jesse James By…

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Mask

BBBBB (out of 5) Cher is phenomenal as the mother of a boy with a notable facial deformity (played by Eric Stoltz under excellent makeup) whose tough exterior often hides a soft and protective nature towards her son. Treated by his peers like a monster, Stoltz must endure people’s immediate reactions to his physical appearance, while…

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The Whales Of August

BBB (out of 5) This film is a chance to see two great veterans of the cinema in action. Lillian Gish, who at 93 was the oldest actress to ever have a leading role in a film, is wonderful as a widow who spends every summer in the same seaside house for fifty years, a place where whales once…

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