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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Men Of Honor

BBBB (out of 5) Exceptionally well-made movie about Carl Brashear, the very first African-American Navy diver. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a sturdy and unsentimental performance as the man who overcame personal and political obstacles, withstood the tests of many individuals who preferred to shut him out because of his race and endured many setbacks along…

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What About Bob?

BBB.5 (out of 5) A psychiatrist will be criticized by his family for not being able to leave his work at the office, but what if his work follows him home? Richard Dreyfuss plays an exasperated shrink whose patience is tried by a recluse (Bill Murray) who decides he can’t do anything without his doctor’s help….

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How To Make An American Quilt

BBB (out of 5) How much better this film would have been if it had only taken enough time to tell its many stories.  Winona Ryder stars in this adaptation of the popular Whitney Otto novel about a young woman working on her university master’s thesis unsuccessfully after having changed the subject of it numerous…

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world…

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Deep Impact

BB.5 (out of 5) The insults to human intelligence that hurl themselves your way one after the other in this loser action film are way deadlier than the meteor that threatens to destroy the planet. A cast of varied ages and pedigrees (Vanessa Redgrave, Elijah Wood, to name but two) never makes a cohesive whole…

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An American Werewolf In London

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1981.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Lyncanthrope Films.  Screenplay by John Landis.  Cinematography by Robert Paynter.  Produced by George Folsey Jr..  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell.  Academy Awards.   Griffin Dunne and David Naughton are two friends travelling through Europe who spend an evening hiking the…

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Cold Creek Manor

BBB.5 (out of 5) Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone play a big-city couple who decide to move out to the country when life in the metropolis proves to be too exhausting and dangerous, she giving up her job to be the perfect housewife in their giant country manor whose previous owners foreclosed on the mortgage. Things seem to be…

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Diabolique

BB.5 (out of 5) This film remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic French thriller of the same name is not nearly as exciting or stylish as its predecessor. Don Roos’ script tries to breathe a little more life into the story than there was earlier, even adding a nineties-style feminist ending, but nothing helps make this…

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The Abyss

BBBBB (out of 5) Ed Harris leads a team of oceanic miners who spend their days drilling for oil deep below sea level. When a nuclear submarine is destroyed by unknown circumstances near their rig, the army sends down a team of professionals who need the benthic miners’ equipment to help with the investigation. Mary Elizabeth…

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The Peacemaker

BBB (out of 5) Don’t listen to the mean old critics who tore Dreamworks Studios’ first production to pieces (or the box office results which didn’t exactly break the bank).  While Mimi Leder’s first feature is far from the best action film you’ll ever see, you could do far worse. The surprise lies mostly in…

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Monkey Trouble

BB.5 (out of 5) Youngsters will no doubt be charmed by this cute little comedy, but adults will be bored stiff.  Thora Birch is adorable as a lonely little girl whose inability to be responsible for herself causes her parents much grief. This all changes when she brings home a runaway capuchin monkey and decides to…

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