The Exorcist III (1990)

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel Legion.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Carter deHaven.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Dana Lyman.  Film Editing by Peter Lee-Thompson, Todd C. Ramsay.  William Peter Blatty takes the franchise over as both…

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Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves

BBBB (out of 5) Even the simplest of history buffs can point out the many inaccuracies and inconsistencies in this rousing film adventure, starting with the decidedly non-British performance by lead Kevin Costner.  His wooden acting aside, this film is far behind Michael Curtiz’s Errol Flynn swashbuckler but still an enjoyable cinema treat. Returning from…

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Wrongfully Accused

0 (out of 5) This one’s bad even by Leslie Nielsen‘s standards. You’ll get way more laughs out of repeat viewings of The Naked Gun movies before you’ll chuckle watching this spoof of The Fugitive starring Nielsen in the Harrison Ford role. He plays a sex symbol violinist who is wrongfully accused and convicted of…

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The Pledge

BB.5 (out of 5) Jack Nicholson plays a retiring police officer whose small town is shocked by the rape and murder of a little girl on the night of his retirement party. Deciding to go in for just one more case, he meets the parents of the victim and vows to her heartbroken mother (Patricia Clarkson)…

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The Whole Nine Yards

BB.5 (out of 5) Lame comedy that has its peak moments but not enough to really leave an impression.  Bruce Willis is a hit man hiding out in Montreal who gets caught up in a huge mob-related foil by cuckolded husband Matthew Perry. Perry brings his Friends characterizations to the big screen in mass doses, while…

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The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)

BBBBB (out of 5) Bold, thrilling adventure adapted from the novel by James Fenimore Cooper. Michael Mann’s perfectionism once again yields a cinematic gem, an impeccably photographed tale of strife between warring countries and their lust for domination over North America. As the British and French battle it out for power, a white man adopted…

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Angel Eyes

BBB.5 (out of 5) Syrupy, mellow drama from director Luis Mandoki that is sometimes flat but, thanks to a fair share of lovely moments and excellent performances by its two leads, is never worth abandoning. Jennifer Lopez is riveting as a Chicago cop who is still hurting over the many conflicts she has had since…

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Get Carter

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sylvester Stallone‘s near-comeback was thwarted by the poor box office reception of this interesting little drama. It’s a shame, because while it offers no imaginative visual effects or high-octane action scenes, it does have a strong screenplay and terrific acting from the entire cast. Stallone plays a gangster who shows up…

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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

BB (out of 5) Idiotic sequel to Jim Carrey‘s first blockbuster hit suffers from less of the abstract jokes that made the first installment so funny, and more emphasis on toilet humour. Ventura, specializing in saving the animal kingdom from the hideousness of humanity, is on the case when a sacred animal is stolen from…

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True Romance

BB (out of 5) Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for this excessively violent road picture directed by Tony Scott. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are excellent as lovers on the lam who are trying to outrun the police and the mob, while also hoping to maintain the delicious intensity of their relationship. There are some fun moments,…

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Chasers

BB (out of 5) In this loose remake of The Last Detail, Navy boys William McNamara and Tom Berenger are assigned to escort Barbie-doll prisoner Erika Eleniak across the country to her new penitentiary where she will serve time for having gone AWOL from the army. Naturally, she’s even more trouble than she looks, managing to cause…

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Trial By Jury

BB.5 (out of 5) A year after this film was released, Demi Moore starred in its carbon copy The Juror, and neither of them are particularly memorable. Joanne Whalley plays a public citizen selected to serve on a courtroom jury in a case involving a powerful mobster on trial for murder. When one of the defendant’s…

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