Short Eyes (1977)

ROBERT M. YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Screenplay by Miguel Pinero, based on his play. Cinematography by Peter Sova. Produced by Lewis Harris, Robert M. Young. Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Joe Babas. Costume Design by Paul Martino. Film Editing by Edward Beyer. Miguel Pineyro’s Tony-nominated play, based on his own experiences behind bars, is adapted to…

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Feast Of July

BBB (out of 5) Monumentally depressing Merchant Ivory drama about a mysterious stranger (Embeth Davidtz) who wanders into a small English village nine months pregnant and not a shade of a ring on her finger. A farming family take her in and take care of her after her baby is born, having no idea what…

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Straight Talk

BBB.5 (out of 5) Dolly Parton brings her naturally fresh and fun personality to this unoriginal romantic comedy. She plays an out-of-work small town gal who decides to leave her boyfriend and head for the big city of Chicago. After she accidentally stumbles into a stint taking over as a love doctor on a radio program,…

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The Proposition (1998)

B.5 (out of 5) William Hurt and Madeleine Stowe play a filthy rich, prominent society couple whose marital troubles are centered on the fact that he can’t get her pregnant. To solve the problem, they hire a young lawyer from Hurt’s firm (Neil Patrick Harris) to do the job, but he falls in love with the leading…

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Good Morning, Vietnam

BBB.5 (out of 5) Robin Williams rules this film with his alternately hilarious, witty and touching performance. He plays Adrien Cronauer, a real-life radio host who starts broadcasting from Saigon in 1965 for the armed forces and uses anti-establishment humour and banned music to connect with his listeners. Naturally, the government doesn’t appreciate his guerrilla techniques…

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Diner

BBBB (out of 5) Keenly observed multi-character study about a group of friends in the late 1950s who are trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. Steve Guttenberg is getting married but won’t go through with the wedding until his fiance passes his football exam, Daniel Stern is married to…

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Donnie Brasco

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Superb dramatization of the true life events involving undercover cop Joseph Pistone’s experiences while investigating a powerful mob boss. Johnny Depp is brilliantly subtle in the role, and he’s matched inch for inch by an unforgettable Al Pacino in the role of the criminal, one which threatens to be another in a long…

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