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…

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Men Of Honor (2000)

GEORGE TILLMAN JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures.  Screenplay Scott Marshall Smith.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond. Produced by Bill Badalato, Robert Teitel.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Salvador Perez Jr..  Film Editing by John Carter, Dirk Westervelt.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   Exceptionally well-made movie about Carl Brashear,…

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What About Bob? (1991)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.    USA, 1991.  Touchstone Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1.  Story by Alvin Sargent, Laura Ziskin, Screenplay by Tom Schulman. Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Laura Ziskin.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   A psychiatrist will be criticized by…

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How To Make An American Quilt (1995)

JOCELYN MOORHOUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jane Anderson, based on the novel by Whitney Otto.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock.   How much better this film would have been if…

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Pay It Forward (2000)

MIMI LEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Warner Bros., Bel Air Entertainment, Tapestry Films.  Screenplay by Leslie Dixon, based on the book by Catherine Ryan Hyde.Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy, Steven Reuther.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by David Rosenbloom.   Horrendously cheesy…

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Deep Impact (1998)

MIMI LEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Zanuck/Brown Productions, Manhattan Project.  Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin, Michael Tolkin.Cinematography by Dietrich Lohmann.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Paul Cichocki, David Rosenbloom.   The insults to human intelligence that hurl themselves…

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An American Werewolf In London (1981)

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…

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Cold Creek Manor (2003)

MIKE FIGGIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Canada, 2003.  Touchstone Pictures, Red Mullet, Cold Creek Manor Productions, Red Mullet Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Jefferies.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Mike Figgis, Annie Stewart.  Music by Mike Figgis.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.   Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone play a big-city couple who decide to move…

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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 (1989)

JAMES CAMERON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1989.  Twentieth Century Fox, Pacific Western, Lightstorm Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Cameron.  Cinematography by Mikael Salomon.  Produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Van Ling.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Deborah Everton.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV, Joel Goodman, Steven Quale, Howard E. Smith.  Academy Awards 1989.   Ed Harris leads…

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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

FRANCO AMURRI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.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…

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