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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Winter’s Tale

0 (out of 5) An incomprehensible mess that gives you a glimpse of what it looks like when good actors die for our sins.  Colin Farrell is raised an orphan after his parents are rejected in turn-of-the-century Ellis Island for contagious pulmonary illness, then years later is a ruffian on the streets of New York…

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Detroit Rock City

BB (out of 5) Teen comedy that tries to capitalize on heavy metal band KISS nostalgia but ends up being too silly for anyone over fifteen to watch (though the heavy language and sexual situations might make it inappropriate for viewers of that age).  Edward Furlong and friends are huge KISS fans and high school…

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The Pallbearer (1996)

MATT REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax, The Chess Club.  Screenplay by Jason Katims, Matt Reeves.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Paul Webster.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Stan Salfas.  Cannes Film Festival 1996.   David Schwimmer plays a lazy dope who finds out from surprise visitor Barbara Hershey that…

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Superbad

  BBB.5 (out of 5) The next entry in the American Pie series of kids doing whatever it takes to get drunk and laid is this hilarious, sometimes even sweet, comedy from the film factory that brought you Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. Michael Cera and Jonah Hill are high school misfits who get the…

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Walking And Talking

BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Holofcener began a successful career of excellent explorations of female friendship with this wonderful film.  Catherine Keener and Anne Heche have been best friends since they were young women, and now as adults are trying to get happy in the relationship field while maintaining their own supportive intimacy.  Keener has stayed friends…

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Please Give

BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Holocener returns with yet another compelling examination of complicated women. Rebecca Hall is excellent as a health care worker who takes care of her mean, cantankerous grandmother while her callous sister (Amanda Peet) just waits for her to die. Their grandmother’s apartment is owned by their neighbours, two vintage furniture dealers…

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True Romance

BB (out of 5) Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for this excessively violent road picture directed by Tony Scott. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are excellent as lovers on the lam who are trying to outrun the police and the mob, while also hoping to maintain the delicious intensity of their relationship. There are some fun moments,…

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Henry Fool

BBB (out of 5) Hal Hartley’s comedy-drama about hidden genius isn’t as richly enjoyable as Amateur but has much to recommend it. James Urbaniak plays a meek garbage man who finds his talents as writer blossom when new room mate Thomas Jay Ryan moves into his basement and starts writing his own inferior confessionals. Intrigued by Ryan’s work,…

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Pineapple Express

BB.5 (out of 5) Process server Seth Rogen makes a routine visit to his pot dealer (James Franco) and is sold a highly rare form of marijuana known as Pineapple Express. Later that evening he witness a cop (Rosie Perez) and a shady druglord (Gary Cole) murdering a man and takes off from the scene of…

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American Gangster (2007)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Relativity Media, Scott Free Productions, WR Universal Group.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the article The Return Of Superfly by Mark Jacobson.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott.  Music by Marc Streitenfeld.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film Editing by Pietro Scalia.  Academy…

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Brown’s Requiem

B.5 (out of 5) Awkward adaptation of James Ellroy’s first novel, about a disgruntled private investigator (Michael Rooker) who has no idea what he’s in for when he takes a job from a golf cabbie who asks him to keep an eye on his sister (Selma Blair). Rooker hasn’t the charisma to be a leading…

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