The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA/Germany, 1997.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Kopelson Entertainment, Taurus Film, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy, based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by … More The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

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City Of Angels

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stylish and poetic remake of Wim Wenders’ classic Wings of Desire, featuring Nicolas Cage as the wandering angel in search of his own humanity, and Meg Ryan as the love interest (now a surgeon instead of a circus performer) who inspires him to fall to earth and be a mortal. Cage takes the … More City Of Angels

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William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

B.5 (out of 5) Uneven adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic fantasy play that will seem choppy and badly edited even to those completely unfamiliar with the original. Director Michael Lehmann has eliminated so much of Shakepeare’s original plot that no character stands out (Puck, for instance, is rendered a sideline character who occasionally pops up) and … More William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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The Negotiator (1998)

F. GARY GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany/USA, 1998.  Regency Enterprises, Mandeville Films, New Regency Pictures, Monarchy Enterprises B.V.,Taurus Film.  Screenplay by James DeMonaco, Kevin Fox.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by David Hoberman, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Holger Gross.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by Christian Wagner.  Tense as anything can be, this slick Hollywood … More The Negotiator (1998)

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Pushing Tin

MIKE NEWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Germany/USA, 1999.  3 Miles Apart Productions Ltd., Art Linson Productions, Dogstar Films, Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Taurus Film.  Screenplay by Glen Charles, Les Charles, based on the article Something’s Got To Give by Darcy Frey.  Cinematography by Gale Tattersall.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Anne Dudley, Adam Hamilton, Chris Seefried.  Production Design … More Pushing Tin

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Fight Club

BBBB (out of 5) Edward Norton overindulges himself in the consumerism of 1990s corporate America and finds himself joining a savage, underground boxing club to let it all go and return to nature’s way of doing things. His new best friend (Brad Pitt) introduces him to this clever little world and orchestrates his rise to power … More Fight Club

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