The Last Samurai

BBB.5 (out of 5) After participating in a number of Civil War battles (many of which helped decimate the populations of natives in North America), an embittered, drunken veteran (Tom Cruise) follows his superior officers to Japan in search of big money. He has been hired by the emperor to train the country’s army in…

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Die Hard With A Vengeance

BBB (out of 5) Probably the least entertaining of the first three Die Hard films, and the most uneven, but still a pretty good action movie that doesn’t play too easily into old conventions. Booted-out, separated John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back again, and this time he has to fight a German terrorist (Jeremy Irons)…

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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1995.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1995.  Golden Globe Awards 1995.  Toronto International Film Festival 1995.   Woody Allen and Helena Bonham Carter play a happy couple who decide to adopt a baby and…

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