Stripes (1981)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1981.  Columbia Pictures.  Screenplay by Len Blum, Daniel Goldberg, Harold Ramis.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Ivan Reitman.  Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by James H. Spencer.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by Harry Keller, Michael Luciano, Eva Ruggiero. Bill Murray has a hell of a day when he loses his job and…

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The New Age (1994)

MICHAEL TOLKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Alcor Films, Ixtlan, New Regency Pictures, Wechsler Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Tolkin.  Cinematography by John J. Campbell.  Produced by Keith Addis, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Richard Shissler.  Film Editing by Suzanne Fenn.   Disappointing comedy that reunites Peter Weller and Judy Davis, who previously performed…

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Anywhere But Here (1999)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the book by Mona Simpson.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   The presence…

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Female Perversions (1997)

SUSAN STREITFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Germany/USA, 1996.  Mindy Affrime, Degeto Film, Kinowelt Filmproduktion, Starhaus Filmproduktion, Trans Atlantic Entertainment.  Screenplay by Julie Hebert, Susan Streitfeld, based on the book Female Perversions: The Temptations of Emma Bovary by Louise J. Kaplan.  Cinematography by Teresa Medina.  Produced by Mindy Affrime.  Music by Debbie Wiseman.  Production Design by Missy Stewart.  Costume Design by Angela Billows.  Film Editing…

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A Time To Kill (1996)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, based on the novel by John Grisham. Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by John Grisham, Hunt Lowry, Arnon Milchan, Michael G. Nathanson.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Larry Fulton.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin.  Film Editing by William Steinkamp.  Golden Globe Awards 1996. One…

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The Client (1994)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films.  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, Robert Getchell, based on the novel by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.  Academy Awards 1994. The best John Grisham novel…

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Falling Down (1993)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  France/USA/United Kingdom, 1993.  Alcor Films, Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ebbe Roe Smith. Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Timothy Harris, Arnold Kopelson, Herschel Weingrod.  Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Cannes Film Festival 1993. Michael Douglas is stuck in traffic…

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Jurassic Park III (2001)

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, based on characters created by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Larry J. Franco, Kathleen Kennedy.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Ed Verreaux.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Robert Dalva.   Weak entry in the dinosaur saga…

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Nixon (1995)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1995.  Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures, Illusion Entertainment.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Oliver Stone, Clayton Townsend, Andrew G. Vajna.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan, Hank Corwin.  Academy Awards 1995.  Boston Film Critics…

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Stargate (1994)

ROLAND EMMERICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France/USA, 1994.  Canal+, Centropolis Film Productions, Carolco Pictures.  Screenplay by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich.  Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.  Produced by Dean Devlin, Oliver Eberle, Joel B. Michaels.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Holger Gross.  Costume Design by Joseph A. Porro.  Film Editing by Derek Brechin, Michael J. Duthie. Egyptologist James Spader loses the…

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Escape From New York (1981)

JOHN CARPENTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 1981.  Embassy Pictures, International Film Investors, Goldcrest Films International, Major Studio Partners.  Screenplay by John Carpenter, Nick Castle.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Larry J. Franco, Debra Hill.  Music by John Carpenter, Alan Howarth.  Production Design by Joe Alves.  Costume Design by Stephen Loomis.  Film Editing by Todd C. Ramsay.  In a futuristic world, the…

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Lost Souls

BB (out of 5) Typical humdrum spiritual thriller that is a small cut above the embarrassing Bless The Child on the scarefest front but not anywhere near the level of Agnieszka Holland’s The Third Miracle when it comes to its examination of faith and redemption.  Winona Ryder is given a one-note role that she tries to…

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