Police Academy (1984)

HUGH WILSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1984.  The Ladd Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Screenplay by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Hugh Wilson.  Cinematography by Michael D. Margulies.  Produced by Paul Maslansky.  Music by Robert Folk.  Production Design by Trevor Williams.  Costume Design by Christopher Ryan.  Film Editing by Robert Brown, Zach Staenberg.   The milestone series in cinematic idiocy got…

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

NICHOLAS MEYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Screenplay by Nicholas Meyer, Denny Martin Flinn, based on the television series Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry.  Cinematography by Hiro Narita.  Produced by Steven-Charles Jaffe, Ralph Winter.  Music by Cliff Eidelman.  Production Design by Herman F. Zimmerman.  Costume Design by Dodie Shepard.  Film Editing…

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Sex And The City 2

BB (out of 5) The girls are back and, quite frankly, they’re beating a dead horse: it’s not so much that it’s a terrible movie, it’s just the wrong movie. A cheesy karaoke number in the middle of the virtually non-existent plotline makes you realize that this film is actually more an adaptation of The…

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Sex And The City

BBB (out of 5) It’s been four years since Carrie Bradshaw was rescued in Paris by Mr. Big (who now has a full name), and in that time much has changed: Charlotte’s adopted girl has grown up, Carrie has written a few more books and is moving in with her man, Miranda is heavily overworked…

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The Bonfire Of The Vanities (1990)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Michael Cristofer, based on the novel by Tom Wolfe.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Brian De Palma, Chris F. Woods.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Bill Pankow, David Ray. Brian DePalma makes a huge mess…

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Unforgettable

BBB (out of 5) Ridiculous thriller is about as cheeky as Face/Off but thanks to its not taking itself too seriously is much more enjoyable. Ray Liotta plays a grieving widower who discovers that a new breakthrough in technology features a serum that allows humans to access the last memories of the recently deceased. Stealing this precious…

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Porky’s (1981)

BOB CLARK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Canada/USA, 1981.  Melvin Simon Productions, Astral Bellevue Pathé.  Screenplay by Bob Clark.  Cinematography by Reginald H. Morris.  Produced by Don Carmody, Bob Clark.  Music by Paul Zaza, Carl Zittrer.  Production Design by Reuben Freed.  Costume Design by Mary E. McLeod, Larry S. Wells.  Film Editing by Stan Cole.   At an average American high school in the…

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The Ghost Writer

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Roman Polanski’s scintillating thriller is the perfect example of his command of atmosphere. Ewan McGregor plays a writer whose career has mainly been spent ghosting the autobiographies of notable citizens. His latest assignment is to fly out to Martha’s Vineyard (actually the north coast of Germany) and help with the editing…

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Live Nude Girls

BBB (out of 5) Very funny ensemble comedy benefits from an excellent cast. A group of girls get together at a friend’s house for a small bachelorette slumber party for pal Kim Cattrall on the same night that her fiancee is enjoying his stag festivities. In trying to keep the evening polite and organized, they…

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