Freejack (1992)

GEOFF MURPHY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1992.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screen story by Steven Pressfield, Ronald Shusett, Screenplay by Steven Pressfield, Ronald Shusett, Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Stuart Oken, Ronald Shusett.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Joe Alves.  Costume Design by Lisa Jensen.  Film Editing by…

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1969 (1988)

ERNEST THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1988.  Atlantic Entertainment Group, Atlantic Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest Thompson.  Cinematography by Jules Brenner. Produced by Bill Badalato, Daniel Grodnik.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Marcia Hinds.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson.   Failed attempt to recapture the glory days when America was going through a cultural revolution. Kiefer…

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Lolita (1997)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1997.  Guild, Lolita Productions, Pathé.  Screenplay by Stephen Schiff, based on the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Julie Monroe.  National Board of Review Awards 1998.   Vladimir…

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Weekend At Bernie’s (1989)

TED KOTCHEFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1989.  Gladden Entertainment.  Screenplay by Robert Klane.  Cinematography by Francois Protet.  Produced by Victor Drai, Bruce McNall.  Music by Andy Summers.  Production Design by Peter Jamison.  Costume Design by Nancy Butz.  Film Editing by Joan E. Chapman.   Weak, one-joke comedy that overstays its welcome long before it is over. Two bumbling corporate employees (Jonathan Silverman,…

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Mississippi Burning (1988)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1988.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Chris Gerolmo.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Robert F. Colesberry, Frederick Zollo.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Philip Harrison, Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.   Alan Parker’s drama gets few points for truth, as most of his fact-based films generally…

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The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe

SIMON CALLOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5.   Oppressively weird little film from the production house of Merchant Ivory, with British actor Simon Callow directing an American drama as if it took place on another planet. Vanessa Redgrave is excellent as the tomboyish owner of a general store in a dusty southern town who is…

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Leatherheads (2008)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/Germany, 2008.  Universal Pictures, Casey Silver Productions, Smokehouse Pictures, Internationale Scarena Filmproduktionsgesellschaft 1. Screenplay by Duncan Brantley, Rick Reilly.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Grant Heslov, Casey Silver.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   An unfortunate misfire given…

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