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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Need For Speed (2014)

SCOTT WAUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA/India/United Kingdom/France/Philippines, 2014.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Bandito Brothers.  Story by George Gatins, John Gatins, Screenplay by George Gatins.  Cinematography by Shane Hurlbut.  Produced by John Gatins, Patrick O’Brien, Mark Sourian.  Music by Nathan Furst.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Paul Rubell, Scott Waugh.  After an illegal race on…

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Bella

BBB (out of 5) Humdrum feelgood piece about two people brought together by tragic circumstances.  Jose (Eduardo Verástegui, who also produced) is a former soccer star who, following a terrible accident that derailed his life forever, now cooks in the kitchen of his brother’s Manhattan restaurant.  Nina (Tammy Blanchard) is a single woman who waitresses…

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The Taking Of Pelham 123

BBBB (out of 5) Tony Scott remakes Robert Aldrich’s 1974 thriller with Denzel Washington and John Travolta filling in for Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, and somehow the hack director who always over-edits and over-photographs his movies manages to not screw it up. Washington plays a desk jockey for New York’s subway traffic control who has…

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The King Of Comedy

BBBB (out of 5) A wonderful change of pace for director Martin Scorsese, following his success with Raging Bull with this truly creepy comedy. Robert De Niro is superb as a man obsessed with becoming a celebrity, so much so that he keeps a fake late-night show set in his basement that he decorates with…

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Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

B.5 (out of 5) What should have been an even more exciting sequel to the rather formless original is just more of the same garbage, with a plot that piggybacks its predecessor so much that it feels like a collection of deleted scenes with slightly better visual effects. Shia LaBeouf is going off to college and…

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