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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Disney’s The Kid

BBBB (out of 5) Delightful comedy romp about a middle-aged image consultant with no hope (Bruce Willis) who suddenly gets a jolt in his system when he’s visited by himself as a child (Spencer Breslin).  The little tyke inspires Willis to start searching through his childhood to discover where things went wrong. With a script…

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America’s Sweethearts

B (out of 5) Flat, boring and completely unsympathetic romantic comedy that wastes the talent of everyone involved. Billy Crystal (who wrote and produced) plays a publicity director at a major Hollywood studio who finds himself wrapped in problems when he is forced to reunite estranged Tom-and-Nicole-like couple Gwen Harrison and Eddie Thomas (Catherine Zeta-Jones,…

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Dave

BBBB (out of 5) Delightful political comedy, featuring a brilliant screenplay by Gary Ross and intelligent direction by Ivan Reitman. When the President of the United States (Kevin Kline) is taken gravely ill during sex with a secret mistress, his staff members immediately hire a dead-on lookalike (also Kline) to take on the job permanently….

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Ghostbusters (Ghost Busters)

BBBB (out of 5) After three scientists (Bill Murray, who is terrific, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) investigating supernatural phenomena are fired from their university and have their grants taken away, they set up shop in an old fire hall and sell themselves as ‘ghost busters’. New York City, as it turns out, is a giant…

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The Stepford Wives (2004)

BB.5 (out of 5) Updating a novel written in the sixties that was a satiric examination of America’s response to the new feminism might seem as pointless as Guy Ritchie’s modernizing Lina Wertmuller’s socialist drama Swept Away, but sadly the issues dealt with in Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives are still relevant ones.  Nicole Kidman…

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Fahrenheit 9/11

BBB.5 (out of 5) Michael Moore follows his successful Bowling For Columbine with this politically heated documentary that he says he made to support his controversial speech at the Academy Awards in March 2003.  In it, he lays bare the motivations of US president George W. Bush, whose “holy” war on Iraq was presumably waged…

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The Contender

BBBB (out of 5) Joan Allen is fantastic as a woman chosen to take over for the late Vice-President, then plunged into controversy when a story surfaces that she once participated in a gang-bang in college that someone happened to photograph. Refusing to play the dirty games some politicians play, she offers no comment on the…

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Shrek The Third

BBB.5 (out of 5) You’d think that the pop culture references and jabs at traditional childhood fairy tales would have gotten old by the third installment, but this second sequel to the surprise 2001 hit (which was the highest critically rated film of its year) turns out be another fresh, if inevitably familiar, helping of…

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Bee Movie

BBB (out of 5) Animated films anthropomorphizing insects or inanimate objects have become as formulaic and predictable as romantic comedies, and this one is no exception.  Jerry Seinfeld, who also co-wrote and co-produced, plays the member of a bumblebee hive who just wants to get out and see the world. He sneaks into a group…

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Enemy Of The State

BBB (out of 5) Tony Scott once again overdoes it with the flashy editing and melodramatic camera work in this rather hollow thriller, making his best effort to disguise a simple plot and shallow characters with high style and doing a very poor job of it. What there is to enjoy is actually not too…

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

BBBB (out of 5) One would have hoped that this excellent performance by Geena Davis would begin a career of her playing more like-minded heroines, but sadly she’s done very little since this action movie directed by her then-husband Renny Harlin. She plays an amnesiac mother and schoolteacher who has no idea what her life was…

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