The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA/Germany, 1997.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Kopelson Entertainment, Taurus Film, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy, based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by … More The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

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13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces … More 13 Going On 30

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Judy Berlin

BBBB (out of 5) There’s a sleepy, quiet quality about this film that is irresistible. Eric Mendelsohn makes a strong directorial debut with this tale of dreams and longings in tiny little Babylon, Long Island. A very funny Aaron Harnick stars as David Gold, a young man just returned from California after failing to make it … More Judy Berlin

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Angela’s Ashes (1999)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Ireland, 1999.  David Brown Productions, Dirty Hands Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Laura Jones, Alan Parker, based on the book by Frank McCourt.  Cinematography by Chris Connier, Michael Seresin.  Produced by David Brown, Alan Parker, Scott Rudin.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by … More Angela’s Ashes (1999)

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This Is My Life

BB.5 (out of 5) Julie Kavner stars as a single mother who is struggling to make a life for herself as a stand-up comedian.  Samantha Mathis and Gaby Hoffmann are terrific as her confused daughters experiencing the worst ravages of growing pains, but what really makes this film memorable is that the fantastic Kavner finally gets … More This Is My Life

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L.I.E.

BBBB (out of 5) Disturbing, dramatically intense film about a fifteen year-old boy whose entire world leaves him prey to destruction in a very short period of time. After an accident on the Long Island Expressway takes his mother, young Howie Blitzer (Paul Dano) is further upset by his father taking up a sexual affair … More L.I.E.

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Picture Perfect

BBB (out of 5) Jennifer Aniston is delightful in this romantic comedy as a ladder-climbing advertising executive who gets wedding photographer Jay Mohr to pose as her fiance to impress her employers and stimulate the man of her dreams (Kevin Bacon). It’s not hard to see where this clutzy little arrangement will take these two, but at … More Picture Perfect

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