Hard Target (1993)

JOHN WOO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1993.  Universal Pictures, Alphaville Films, Renaissance Pictures, S & R Productions.  Screenplay by Chuck Pfarrer.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by Sean Daniel, James Jacks.  Music by Graeme Revell, Tim Simonec.  Production Design by Phil Dagort.  Costume Design by Karyn Wagner.  Film Editing by Bob Murawski.   Well-meaning, fun action film signals John Woo’s U.S. debut…

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Lolita (1997)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1997.  Guild, Lolita Productions, Pathé.  Screenplay by Stephen Schiff, based on the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Julie Monroe.  National Board of Review Awards 1998.   Vladimir…

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Heaven’s Prisoners (1996)

PHIL JOANOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA/United Kingdom, 1996.  PVM Entertainment, Savoy Pictures, The Rank Organisation, The Ruddy Morgan Organization, Thinkfactory Media.  Screenplay by Harley Peyton, Scott Frank, based on the book by James Lee Burke.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Leslie Greif, Andre Morgan, Albert S. Ruddy.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by John Stoddart.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard.  Film…

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The Apostle

BBBB (out of 5) Powerful film about religious fanaticism that focuses on Robert Duvall (who also wrote and directed) as a rousing Southern Baptist preacher who avoids bettering his own life by placing his efforts on saving the souls of those around him. After seriously attacking his ex-wife’s (Farrah Fawcett) new husband, Duvall finds himself on…

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Passion Fish (1992)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1992.  Atchafalaya.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Sarah Green, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Bishop, Dianna Freas.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by John Sayles.   John Sayles’ masterpiece is this brilliant two-character drama that you wish could go on forever. After she is…

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Dead Man Walking

TIM ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1995.  Havoc, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Tim Robbins, based on the book by Helen Prejean.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Tim Robbins, Rudd Simmons.  Music by David Robbins.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin, Ray Hubley.  Academy…

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