Joe Gould’s Secret

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pleasant tribute to Manhattan life in the 1940s, with Stanley Tucci (who also directs) playing New Yorker columnist Joe Mitchell. Mitchell comes upon the story of the decade when he meets Joe Gould (Ian Holm), a wildly passionate, manic and emotional vagrant who has no set purpose in life except for the…

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Nine 1/2 Weeks (9 1/2 Weeks) (1986)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1986.  Producers Sales Organization, Jonesfilm, Galactic Films, Triple Ajaxxx.  Screenplay by Sarah Kernochan, Zalman King, Patricia Louisianna Knop, based on the novel by Elizabeth McNeill.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Mark Damon, Sidney Kimmel, Zalman King, Antony Rufus-Isaacs.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Ken Davis.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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An Eye For An Eye

B (out of 5) It’s rather unfortunate when an Oscar winning star and similarly feted director can come up with nothing better to occupy their time and talent than this bullshit TV movie fare. Sally Field plays a woman whose life falls apart when her daughter is raped and murdered by an anonymous stranger (Kiefer Sutherland). When Sutherland’s…

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Arthur (1981)

BBBB (out of 5) Dudley Moore is terrific as the spoiled heir to a vast fortune who is told that unless he marries beautiful Jill Eikenberry, the money he is expecting to inherit will not be given to him. Regardless of whether or not he loves her, Moore is required to bring respect to the family…

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Running On Empty

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most emotionally heartfelt films of the decade, this excellent drama never succumbs to manipulation to rope you in. Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti play a married couple who have been on the run for over a decade after a politically-motivated factory bombing resulted in the loss of innocent lives. Raising…

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Bogus (1996)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1996.  New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros., Yorktown Productions.  Story by Jeff Rothberg, Francis X. McCarthy Jr., Screenplay by Alvin Sargent.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Arnon Milchan, Jeff Rothberg.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.  …

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