Rollercoaster (1977)

JAMES GOLDSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1977.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Sanford Sheldon, Richard Levinson, William Link, Screenplay by Richard Levinson, William Link, suggested by a story by Tommy Cook.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Jennings Lang.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Edward A. Biery, Richard M. Sprague.   Timothy … More Rollercoaster (1977)

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The Sessions

BB.5 (out of 5) Inspired by the true story of Mark O’Brien, particularly the Academy Award-winning short documentary Breathing Lessons by Jessica Yu.  O’Brien was a scholar and writer who contracted polio as a child and spent most of his adult life living in an iron lung.  At the time we reach him in this … More The Sessions

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Bob Roberts

BBB (out of 5) Tim Robbins stars and directs for the first time in this moderately enjoyable political comedy about a senator looking to make it big while playing folk music on his guitar. It’s an ample skewering of the world of politics, but nothing like the far superior Primary Colours would be a few years later. … More Bob Roberts

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What Women Want

BB.5 (out of 5) Mel Gibson is ridiculous in this really, really, really long comedy about a man who is suddenly given the ability to hear the inner thoughts of the women around him (including female animals).  Helen Hunt is the new office colleague who doesn’t know that her mind is being plundered for good ideas that … More What Women Want

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world … More Pay It Forward

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Stealing Home

BB.5 (out of 5) Has-been baseball player Mark Harmon returns to the town of his youth to attend the funeral of an old friend (Jodie Foster) who has committed suicide. While there, he reminisces about his teenage days (his younger self played by William McNamara), particularly the summer when he came of age and met the … More Stealing Home

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