Bamboozled (2000)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2000.  New Line Cinema, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   A television producer with lofty ideals (Damon … More Bamboozled (2000)

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Men Of Honor

BBBB (out of 5) Exceptionally well-made movie about Carl Brashear, the very first African-American Navy diver. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a sturdy and unsentimental performance as the man who overcame personal and political obstacles, withstood the tests of many individuals who preferred to shut him out because of his race and endured many setbacks along … More Men Of Honor

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Hitch

BBB.5 (out of 5) Will Smith plays a velvety-smooth romance consultant who helps less confident males date the women they dream of. He puts these men in situations where they can finally get noticed by the ladies they don’t have the guts to go after, teaches them how to behave, and before they know it, these … More Hitch

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The 6th Day

BB (out of 5) Arnold Schwarzenegger looks tired and bored in this lame retread of all the most popular science-fiction movies, mostly his own; plot elements from Total Recall, Terminator 2 and The Running Man are liberally borrowed. This film looks, talks and plays cheap, and the powerful cast (Michael Rapaport, Robert Duvall, Wendy Crewson) does … More The 6th Day

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Poetic Justice

BB (out of 5) John Singleton made history by becoming, at the tender young age of 24, the youngest nominee for the Best Director Oscar for his debut feature Boyz N The Hood and the first African-American to be recognized in that category (he remained the only one until Lee Daniels scored a nomination for … More Poetic Justice

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The Pallbearer (1996)

MATT REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax, The Chess Club.  Screenplay by Jason Katims, Matt Reeves.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Paul Webster.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Stan Salfas.  Cannes Film Festival 1996.   David Schwimmer plays a lazy dope who finds out from surprise visitor Barbara Hershey that … More The Pallbearer (1996)

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Kiss Of The Damned

B (out of 5) Yet another foray into vampire fiction that seeks to strike its own chord but ends up throwing more garbage onto the heap.  Lone screenwriter Milo Ventimiglia spots gorgeous Joséphine de La Baume and falls immediately in love with her, so deeply besotted that when she turns out to be a member of the … More Kiss Of The Damned

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