Radioland Murders (1994)

MEL SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Lucasfilm.  Story by George Lucas, Screenplay by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Rick McCallum, Fred Roos.  Music by Joel McNeely.  Production Design by Gavin Bocquet.  Costume Design by Peggy Farrell.  Film Editing by Paul Trejo. Painfully boring comedy from the usually more imaginative…

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Immediate Family (1989)

JONATHAN KAPLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. USA, 1989.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Sanford/Pillsbury Productions.  Screenplay by Barbara Benedek.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Mark S. Freeborn.  Costume Design by April Ferry.  Film Editing by Jane Kurson.  National Board Of Review Awards 1989.   Touching drama firmly addresses sensitive issues without pretending to…

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Bad Girls (1994)

JONATHAN KAPLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Twentieth Century Fox, The Ruddy Morgan Organization.  Story by Albert S. Ruddy, Charles Finch, Gray Frederickson, Screenplay by Ken Friedman, Yolande Turner. Cinematography by Ralph D. Bode.  Produced by Charles Finch, Bruce Meade, Andre Morgan, Albert S. Ruddy.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Guy Barnes.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by…

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Heaven’s Prisoners

BBBB (out of 5) Entertaining murder mystery set in the lush tropical atmosphere of Florida stars Alec Baldwin in a role that was meant to become a franchise (author James Lee Burke has written a series of novels about the same character). Baldwin plays a happily married man (to Kelly Lynch) who invites trouble into his…

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Mr. North

DANNY HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Charming enterprise directed by Danny Huston and executive-produced and written by his father John.  Anthony Edwards is full of aplomb as a Yale student who pulls in extra money as a tutor and has just recently quit his last job working for a snooty Eastern seaboard family and their…

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Married To It (1991)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1991.  Screenplay by Janet Kovalcik.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Thomas Baer.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.   In the tradition of Grand Canyon and The Big Chill, here’s yet another ensemble cast drama about adults making their…

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The Stepford Wives (1975)

BRYAN FORBES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1975.  Palomar Pictures, Fadsin Cinema Associates.  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Edgar J. Scherick.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Timothy Gee. Ira Levin’s creepy novel reaches the screen with mixed…

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Gardens Of Stone (1987)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1987.  ML Delphi Premier Productions, TriStar Pictures, Zoetrope Studios.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Nicholas Proffitt. Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Michael I. Levy.  Music by Carmine Coppola.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Willa Kim, Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Barry…

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At Close Range (1986)

JAMES FOLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1986.  Cinema ’85, Hemdale.  Story by Elliott Lewit, Nicholas Kazan, Screenplay by Nicholas Kazan.  Cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchia. Produced by Don Guest, Elliott Lewitt.  Music by Patrick Leonard.  Production Design by Peter Jamison.  Costume Design by Hilary Rosenfeld.  Film Editing by Howard E. Smith.   Powerful drama that tells a dark tale while also addressing…

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Benny & Joon

BB (out of 5) A mentally challenged woman (Mary Stuart Masterson) is an emotional burden on her kindly brother (Aidan Quinn) until a mysterious Buster Keaton-loving stranger (Johnny Depp) enters her life and perks her up. The performances are excellent, especially a sympathetic Masterson, but this narrow view of the small-town world of handicapped Americans…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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Chances Are

EMILE ARDOLINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   Gimmicky fantasies about romances mixed up in heaven were not hard to find in the eighties, and while this one is among the more bearable, that’s not saying much. Christopher McDonald marries the beautiful Cybill Shepherd while best friend Ryan O’Neal looks on in good-hearted envy. A year…

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