Deep Rising

BB (out of 5) Lame sea adventure that should have remained at the bottom of the ocean, in the great tradition of similar films like Leviathan before it and Ghost Ship after. Treat Williams plays the skipper of a boat that has been hired to transport what turn out to be pirates to the middle…

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Indecent Proposal (1993)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Amy Holden Jones, based on the novel by Jack Engelhard.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor, Bernie Pollack, Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Joe Hutshing.   Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson play a couple whose plans to get ahead…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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Lolita (1997)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1997.  Guild, Lolita Productions, Pathé.  Screenplay by Stephen Schiff, based on the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Julie Monroe.   Vladimir Nabokov’s famously controversial novel received screen…

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Hanging Up

BB (out of 5) Way too thin and messy comedy-drama about the tribulations affecting the middle sister (Meg Ryan) of a very troubled family. When her father (Walter Matthau in a final, and great, performance) succumbs to serious illness, Ryan takes it upon herself to see to everything, giving her the chance to examine her…

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Mermaids

BBBB (out of 5) Performances are the best thing about this underrated and understated coming-of-age comedy that features Cher doing what she does best: attitude. As Rachel Flax, a headstrong and independent mother of two (Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci), she thinks nothing of jumping into her car at the slightest sign of trouble and moving…

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Bad Boys (1995)

BBB.5 (out of 5) The great chemistry between the two stars of this loud, excessive action film makes it a very smooth ride. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are perfectly matched (with box-office results confirming audience agreement of this) as undercover narcotics cops in Miami who are in hot water when a huge shipment of heroine that…

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