The Exorcist III (1990)

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel Legion.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Carter deHaven.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Dana Lyman.  Film Editing by Peter Lee-Thompson, Todd C. Ramsay.  William Peter Blatty takes the franchise over as both…

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RoboCop 3

 BB.5 (out of 5) Our cyberhero keeps blowing stuff up but Detroit is no closer to being free of crime.  The corruption is once again coming from the top when real estate developers want to pave over an inner city neighbourhood, forcing residents out who become rebel warriors in protest.  The private corporation running law enforcement starts a…

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Beginners

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Ewan McGregor finds himself emotionally isolated following the death of his beloved father (Christopher Plummer), who himself reacted to the death of his wife five years earlier by telling his son that he was gay and that he could no longer keep it to himself. In the present, McGregor meets and falls…

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The Bedroom Window

BBB (out of 5) Steve Guttenberg takes his boss’s wife (Isabelle Huppert) home after a work function and they spend the night together. Late into the evening he goes to the bathroom and she is drawn to the window by the sound of a woman screaming. Huppert witnesses a man trying to rape a young woman…

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Splash

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Ron Howard’s best movies and a wonderful opportunity to see Daryl Hannah at her most charming. She plays a mermaid who wanders out of the sea and straight into the life of New York City businessman Tom Hanks.  At first not knowing the language, she learns English from television and…

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Born On The Fourth Of July

BBBB (out of 5) The second part of Oliver Stone’s Vietnam trilogy is this biography of veteran Ron Kovic, upon whose book the film is based, with Tom Cruise doing a fantastic job of bringing great levels of drama and pathos to the role. It was the sort of dramatic breakthrough he needed, especially considering that…

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Celebrity (1998)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Woody Allen has made a shallow film about shallow people, but hopefully the parade of famous faces who traverse the screen will…

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New York Stories (1989)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, MARTIN SCORSESE, WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1989.  Touchstone Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Price, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros, Sven Nykvist, Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Robert Greenhut, Fred Roos, Barbara De Fina, Fred Fuchs.  Music by Carmine Coppola.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto, Dean Tavoularis, Kristi…

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Alice (1990)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards 1990.   This sweet, comic fable by Woody Allen falls short of The Purple Rose of Cairo but has a…

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