Short Eyes (1977)

ROBERT M. YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Screenplay by Miguel Pinero, based on his play. Cinematography by Peter Sova. Produced by Lewis Harris, Robert M. Young. Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Joe Babas. Costume Design by Paul Martino. Film Editing by Edward Beyer. Miguel Pineyro’s Tony-nominated play, based on his own experiences behind bars, is adapted to…

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Arthur (2011)

B.5 (out of 5) Remaking the classic Dudley Moore comedy with yet another fun, lovable rascal in the lead seemed like such a good idea at the time. The Bach family has been in possession of their multi-billion-dollar media empire for generations, and if it is going to stay in the family name, all hope…

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events

BBBB (out of 5) The influence of Tim Burton’s work can be felt on every inch of this thoroughly enjoyable children’s horror film, so much so that you’ll wonder if Burton had anything to do with the production (he didn’t, but the production designer, costume designer and cinematographer of Sleepy Hollow are employed here which…

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Anger Management

BB.5 (out of 5) Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler earn big money cashing in on their trademark personalities. Sandler plays a frustrated executive assistant who internalizes all his anger and never lets it out in any positive way. When a misunderstanding on an airplane leads to a court case for harassment and the assault of a flight…

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The Count Of Monte Cristo

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting retelling of the ever popular Alexandre Dumas novel stars Jim Caviezel as the wronged French sea captain who gets thrown into an isolated island prison for fifteen years for a crime he didn’t commit. Best friend Guy Pearce is jealous of our hero for having the love of a beautiful woman (Dagmara…

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The Bone Collector

BB.5 (out of 5) Typical and predictable thriller that is worth watching only for its amusingly gothic atmosphere and a great lead performance by Angelina Jolie.  She plays a patrol officer who stumbles on a serial killer’s trail when she discovers the body of a rich industrialist buried near an old railway station. The case…

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Fast Food Nation

BBB (out of 5) A globally urgent message and a collection of superb performances can’t make a classic out of Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Eric Schlosser’s non-fiction book.  Greg Kinnear plays an executive for a fictional multi-million dollar fast-food chain (with the non-subtle name Mickey’s) who has to go to his company’s meat manufacturers in Texas…

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The Taking Of Pelham 123

BBBB (out of 5) Tony Scott remakes Robert Aldrich’s 1974 thriller with Denzel Washington and John Travolta filling in for Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, and somehow the hack director who always over-edits and over-photographs his movies manages to not screw it up. Washington plays a desk jockey for New York’s subway traffic control who has…

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Stonewall

BBB (out of 5) Shoddy little comedy that creates a fictional story surrounding the true event of the Stonewall riots:  on a June night in 1969, gay men of Greenwich Village decided they’d had the last of being raided by the police, and by retaliating ended a period of openly violent police abuse and bias….

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Snake Eyes

BBB (out of 5) Shady cop Nicolas Cage is enjoying front row seats at a boxing match when the politician sitting behind him is gunned down during the fight. Despite having been easy on the take in the past, Cage suddenly develops a conscience and decides to investigate the matter immediately, interrogating suspects and getting…

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The Limey (1999)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Artisan Entertainment.  Screenplay by Lem Dobbs.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by John Hardy, Scott Kramer.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.  Cannes Film Festival 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Terence Stamp plays a British ex-con who flies to Los Angeles to find…

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‘Crocodile’ Dundee II

BB.5 (out of 5) As is par for the course, the sequel doesn’t measure up to the original. Following his adventures from the land down under to New York City, Mick (the winningly charming Paul Hogan) is now happily living with his lady love (Linda Kozlowski) in the Big Apple and enjoying marital bliss. This…

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