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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The Cheap Detective

BBB.5 (out of 5) Neil Simon wrote two hilarious spoofs of traditional murder mysteries, and both are equally funny and worth watching. The first, Murder By Death, was a clever takeoff on classic mysteries of the Agatha Christie vein. The Cheap Detective takes on the genre of forties film noir as private eye Peter Falk…

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Return To Oz

BBB.5 (out of 5) Those expecting a continuation of the Victor Fleming classic starring Judy Garland will be severely disturbed by this dark fantasy. Fairuza Balk plays young Dorothy, a little girl troubled by odd dreams of tornadoes and witches that her doctor believes he can cure with intense electroshock therapy. Before this can happen, she…

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The Advocate (The Hour Of The Pig)

BBB (out of 5) In the Middle Ages in France, animals were considered as equally subject to the law as humans were, and therefore the crimes they committed were brought to public trials complete with lawyers and a jury. Sounds more like a comedic skit, but this film is actually dead serious in its depiction…

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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most entertaining and memorable Sherlock Holmes film adventure.  Holmes checks himself in as a patient of Sigmund Freud’s to cure his cocaine addiction at the prompting of his faithful friend Dr. Watson and, no sooner than his arrival in Vienna, a kidnapping occurs and Holmes’s personal vacation becomes…

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Excalibur

BBBB (out of 5) Exquisite retelling of the Arthurian legend, with this one based more on the Malory version (Le Morte D’Arthur) instead of the more popular Once and Future King by T.H. White. John Boorman uses endless amounts of visual trickery and Alex Thomson’s stunning cinematography to tell the tale of a kingdom that…

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Robin And Marian

BBBB (out of 5) The fables of Robin Hood are told somewhat differently in this wonderful film. Sean Connery plays the aging nobleman who comes home from fighting the crusades a tired and beaten man. What he finds is a country oppressed by the evil King John (Ian Holm), who has taken advantage of the apparent…

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