The Great Santini (1979)

LEWIS JOHN CARLINO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1979.  Bing Crosby Productions.  Screenplay by Lewis John Carlino, based on the novel by Pat Conroy.  Cinematography by Ralph Woolsey.  Produced by Charles A. Pratt.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Jack Poplin.  Film Editing by Houseley Stevenson Jr..  Academy Awards 1980.  Golden Globe Awards 1980.  National Board of Review Awards 1980.  New…

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Cutthroat Island

BBB (out of 5) Ignore all the critics who tore this adventure yarn to shreds; even though as a tribute to the good old days of Errol Flynn swashbucklers it doesn’t quite make the mark (it’s not slick or smart enough), it’s solid entertainment.  Geena Davis is a thrill as Morgan Adams, the captain of a…

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Body Of Evidence

BB (out of 5) Basic Instinct was soon followed by a whole slew of worthless imitators, and this terrible film is no exception. When an aged millionaire is found dead of a heart attack in his bed after a night of rough sex, his seductive art gallery-owning girlfriend (Madonna) decides she’s in need of a…

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The Monster Squad (1987)

FRED DEKKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1987.  Home Box Office, Keith Barish Productions, TAFT Entertainment Pictures.  Screenplay by Shane Black, Fred Dekker.  Cinematography by Bradford May.  Produced by Jonathan A. Zimbert.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Michael W. Hoffman, Aggie Lyon.  Film Editing by James Mitchell.  A cheerful little romp that is only…

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Snake Eyes (1998)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Paramount Pictures, DeBart, Touchstone Pictures.  Story by Brian De Palma, David Koepp, Screenplay by David Koepp.  Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.  Produced by Brian De Palma.  Music by Ryûichi Sakamoto.  Production Design by Anne Pritchard.  Costume Design by Odette Gadoury.  Film Editing by Bill Pankow.   Shady cop Nicolas Cage is enjoying front row seats…

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Daylight

BBB (out of 5) Sylvester Stallone plays a cab driver who was once chief of an Emergency Medical Services team. When a group of trucks illegally transporting toxic waste from New York City to New Jersey explode while still inside the Holland Tunnel, the entire structure caves in and traps a group of survivors inside. Luckily,…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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Rocky (1976)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Chartoff-Winkler Productions.  Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by William J. Cassidy.  Costume Design by Joanne Hutchinson.  Film Editing by Scott Conrad, Richard Halsey.  Academy Awards 1976.  Golden Globe Awards 1976.   Sylvester Stallone wrote and stars in this subtle drama that…

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