The Legend Of Tarzan

BB.5 (out of 5) How you gonna keep him down on the manse, after he’s seen the free, free jungles of Africa?  Tarzan, now John Clayton, lord of Greystoke, has returned to the land of his ancestry and is the proper gentleman of his estate, living happily with his wife Jane and charming the children with…

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The Specialist

BB.5 (out of 5) If you miss the good old days of Sylvester Stallone in movies like Cobra and Rambo, you’ll have a great time watching this collection of big bombs and naked breasts.  Sharon Stone enlists Sly’s help to avenge her parents after she saw them murdered in front of her as a child. The parties…

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Diner

BBBB (out of 5) Keenly observed multi-character study about a group of friends in the late 1950s who are trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. Steve Guttenberg is getting married but won’t go through with the wedding until his fiance passes his football exam, Daniel Stern is married to…

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The Firm

BBB (out of 5) The first film adaptation of a John Grisham novel is still the most financially successful.  Tom Cruise plays a green lawyer who is hired to work at an awe-inspiring law firm led by the powerful Gene Hackman. All seems to be perfect until he realizes that his superiors got up as far…

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Cruising

B (out of 5) Al Pacino plays a cop who goes undercover in the world of leather bars to catch a serial killer, at some point suffering a crisis of identity as he finds himself overwhelmed by the pervasive sexuality and violence he encounters.  Gay rights activists protested this thriller at every step of its…

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Nancy Drew

BBBB (out of 5) The teen sleuth with the sharp brain and the shiny penny loafers just never seems to go out of style, and in this adorable caper she’s as chic as ever. Taking its cue from the books by Carolyn Keane that have thrilled many a young reader since they first appeared just…

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Full Frontal (2002)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2002.  Miramax, Monophonic Inc., Populist Pictures, Propaganda Films, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Coleman Hough.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Gregory Jacobs, Scott Kramer.  Music by Jacques Davidovici.  Costume Design by Shosahan Rubin.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.   A group of characters spend their day in various complications until they are all (or most of…

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The Avengers (1998)

B (out of 5) Laughably lame action film based on the swinging sixties show has Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman, resting comfortably at the top of their sex appeal, as two supersleuths whose job it is to stop an evil villain (Sean Connery) bent on controlling the world’s weather. It’s about as lame as it…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  …

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Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, WV Films III.  Screenplay by George Nolfi, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   After…

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind

BB.5 (out of 5) Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) made quite a career for himself: a published songwriter, television game show producer, and CIA hitman all in one lifetime. According to his autobiography, Barris claims that he was approached by a secret operative from the government agency (played here by George Clooney, who also directs) who…

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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, WV Films II, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission.  Screenplay by Ted Griffin, based on the 1960 film, story by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell, Screenplay by Harry Brown, Charles Lederer.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by…

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