The Bad News Bears

BBBB (out of 5) The hilarious family comedy that provided the blueprint for many that would follow (including its own uninspired sequels). Ex-minor leaguer Walter Matthau can get no better a job than coaching a delinquent team of attitude-ridden, talent-deficient misfits, and his own personal drinking habit is no help at all. When he gets…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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School Ties

BB.5 (out of 5) In this hybrid of Gentleman’s Agreement and Beverly Hills, 90210, Brendan Fraser plays a high school student whose exceptional scholastic achievements have earned him entrance into a high-ranking prep school. To succeed all he needs to do is maintain his grades and conceal his Jewish heritage from the bigoted student body and staff…

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The Accused

BBBB (out of 5) This impressive drama deals with an important issue and features excellent acting from all of its performers, which well overcome the times it feels. Jodie Foster plays a woman who gets viciously raped by three men at a local college student hangout while the rest of the guys hanging out in the…

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The Four Feathers

BBBB (out of 5) Film versions of this popular story are reaching countless numbers, but at least it still feels fresh after so many years. Heath Ledger plays the conscientious 19th-century officer of Her Majesty’s army who quits his commission when his platoon is to be sent to fight in the Sudan. Three of his comrades…

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I Dreamed Of Africa

BB.5 (out of 5) This is an unfortunate waste of good talent. Kim Basinger gives a moving performance as real-life conservationist Kuki Gallmann, who follows her husband to Africa with her son to start her life over after a tragic car accident in Italy. Upon reaching Kenya, Gallmann is transformed by her surroundings, inspired to take…

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Kramer Vs. Kramer

BBBB (out of 5) Meryl Streep decides she can no longer stand the confines of her life and leaves her son (Justin Henry) and husband (Dustin Hoffman).  Hoffman’s life is thrown for a loop as he has to resurrect his flagging advertising career and become a full-time parent with very little help except for a kindly neighbour…

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Taps

BB.5 (out of 5) The Hardy Boys go to military school! Some of this drama is enjoyable and worth taking seriously, but most of it is silly fluff that teenage boys will thrive to and everyone else will have no trouble ignoring. George C. Scott is wonderful as the head of a 160 year-old military cadet…

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