Halloween 2 (1981)

RICK ROSENTHAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1981.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Carpenter, Debra Hill, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by John Carpenter, Debra Hill.  Music by John Carpenter, Alan Howarth.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Mark Goldblatt,…

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Halloween (2018)

DAVID GORDON GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Blumhouse Productions, Miramax, Rough House Pictures, Trancas International Films, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, based on characters created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill.  Cinematography by Michael Simmonds.  Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block, Jason Blum.  Music by Cody Carpenter, John Carpenter, Daniel A. Davies.  Production Design…

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Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

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Mother’s Boys

BB.5 (out of 5) Ridiculous, gynophobic thriller about a family being terrorized by a jealous ex-wife and mother (Jamie Lee Curtis). Good dad Peter Gallagher is trying to get on with his life following his turbulent divorce, almost succeeding in a relationship with new flame Joanne Whalley. Unfortunately, Curtis wants her family back after having abandoned…

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Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This deeply affecting documentary shows a side of the awe-inspiring Marlene Dietrich that most of us have never seen before. Based on the book by her daughter Maria Riva, the film (directed by Riva’s son David) gives plenty of information as to Dietrich’s younger years and early career, but really focuses…

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Forever Young (1992)

STEVE MINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1992.  Warner Bros., Icon Entertainment International, Icon Productions.  Screenplay by J.J. Abrams.  Cinematography by Russell Boyd.  Produced by Bruce Davey.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Gregg Fonseca.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Jon Poll. Boring, romantic hodgepodge about an eager scientist (Mel Gibson) in the 1940s who can’t face the impending…

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Trading Places

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1983.  Cinema Group Ventures, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod.  Cinematography by Robert Paynter.  Produced by Aaron Russo.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Gene Rudolf.   Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell.  Academy Awards 1983.  Golden Globe Awards 1983. This is one of the films that led to Eddie Murphy becoming…

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Drowning Mona

B (out of 5) Very unfunny comedy about the murder of a woman whom everybody in the town has completely hated for years. Bette Midler as the foul-mouthed victim of the crime is excellent, Nick Gomez’ direction is really not. Code Entertainment, Jersey Shore, Marigold Productions Inc., Neverland Films USA, 2000 Directed by Nick Gomez Screenplay…

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My Girl

BBB.5 (out of 5) Youngsters never fail to get a total kick of out of this Love Story for the pre-teen set. Anna Chlumsky is sheer charm as a young, misunderstood girl who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere she goes. This could be because her single father (Dan Aykroyd) is raising her in the funeral home…

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You Again

BBB (out of 5) As a teenager, Kristen Bell was awkward and geeky, plagued by acne and hidden behind giant glasses, and naturally the instant target of the popular mean girls on the cheerleading team. Now a successful PR executive, Bell is happy to be taking a break from work to go home for her brother’s…

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A Fish Called Wanda

BBB.5 (out of 5) Americans Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline participate in a London jewel robbery with two other people, then stiff their companions in an attempt to run off with the loot.  After they’ve turned in their main accomplice (Tom Georgeson), they discover that he moved the jewelry they stole before he was picked up…

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Halloween

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The best of the series, and one of the very best slasher movies that are aimed at teenagers. After little Michael Myers (no, not the Wayne’s World guy) murders his sister, he is committed to an institution for fifteen years until one Hallowe’en night when he escapes from his doctor’s care. He…

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