Phaedra

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jules Dassin followed up his massively successful Never On Sunday by reteaming with his lady love Melina Mercouri in this update of an ancient Sophocles play.  Mercouri plays the wife to a wealthy Onassis-esque shipping tycoon (Raf Vallone) who asks her to go to London and bring home his wayward son (Anthony Perkins) … More Phaedra

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The Monuments Men

BB.5 (out of 5) Nazi Germany is destroying life in Europe and threatening to take over the world, and with America’s entry into the war, George Clooney wants to get involved.  The preservation of human life is the highest priority, but Clooney sees that without the curating of human culture, life is merely survival.  With … More The Monuments Men

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The Weather Man

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Nicolas Cage plays a Chicago weather reporter whose life couldn’t possibly be less fulfilling: his ex-wife (Hope Davis) has no intention of trying to restore their union, his pre-teen son (Nicholas Hoult) is constantly getting into trouble and his overweight daughter is in a self-destructive funk. On top of this, his … More The Weather Man

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Phenomenon

JON TURTELTAUB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1996.  Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Barbara Boyle, Michael Taylor.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.   John Travolta plays a sweet simpleton living in a rural farming community who goes idiot savant when magical powers begin … More Phenomenon

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While You Were Sleeping

JON TURTELTAUB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1995.  Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures.  Screenplay by Daniel G. Sullivan, Fredric LeBow.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Joe Roth.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.  Golden Globe Awards 1995.   Sandra Bullock plays a (yet again) lonely girl who lives with a cat … More While You Were Sleeping

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Moonlight Mile

BB (out of 5) After a middle-aged couple (Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon) lose their daughter to murder, they find their lives are at a standstill while they look for something to help them move along. Their daughter’s fiance (Jake Gyllenhaal) is in a similar position, unable to sort out his feelings long enough to decide … More Moonlight Mile

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Patch Adams

BB (out of 5) This shamelessly maudlin comedy/drama that is “based on a true story”.  Robin Williams gives a performance that basically copies his own formula from such hits as Dead Poets Society and Mrs. Doubtfire as a suicidal, aimless psychiatric ward inmate who decides to get out of the hospital and study to become a … More Patch Adams

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