The Contender (2000)

ROD LURIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/Germany/United Kingdom, 2000.  Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Cinecontender, Battleground Productions, SE8 Group, Battlefield.  Screenplay by Rod Lurie.  Cinematography by Denis Maloney.  Produced by Stephanie Antosca, Willi Bar, Marc Frydman, James Spies, Douglas Urbanski.  Music by Larry Groupe.  Production Design by Alec Hammond.  Costume Design by Matthew Jacobsen.  Film Editing by Michael Jablow.  Academy Awards 2000.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1997.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Digital Image Associates.  Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the novel by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Gerald R. Molen, Colin Wilson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Sue Moore.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1997.   Inferior sequel to 1993’s blockbuster hit Jurassic Park…

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Air Force One

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting, edge-of-your-seat thriller has President of the United States Harrison Ford  defending himself and his family when terrorist Gary Oldman and his scary bad guys take over the First Airplane and hold its passengers hostage. Instructed by his security officials to take the escape pod (President Clinton said at the time the…

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The Perfect Storm

BB (out of 5) George Clooney leads a great cast in this true story of a fisherman whose tiny boat gets caught in the storm of the century. Wolfgang Petersen has directed many far superior thrillers (even the slightly overwrought Outbreakis better than this), and far more satisfying ones as well. The scenes involving the…

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