The Exorcist III (1990)

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel Legion.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Carter deHaven.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Dana Lyman.  Film Editing by Peter Lee-Thompson, Todd C. Ramsay.  William Peter Blatty takes the franchise over as both…

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Girlfriends

BBB.5 (out of 5) Melanie Mayron‘s starring debut was this low-key charmer that made impressive waves on the late seventies indie scene, including winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto film festival.  She and Anita Skinner play best friends and roommates, one an expressive, neurotic Jewish photographer and the other a contained, neurotic WASPy writer whose…

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King of Kings

BBB (out of 5) Biblical epics were not hard to come by in the post-Robe era, perfect for the Cinemascope generation to be dazzled while fulfilling their good Christian duties at the movies, a number of them focusing on the life of Jesus Christ.   Being directed by Nicholas Ray would, you would hope, give…

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Moonfleet

BBB (out of 5) Having recently lost his mother, young and innocent Jon Whiteley follows her last spoken instructions and makes his way back to a village he has never known, seeking out a roguish aristocrat (Stewart Granger) to whom he immediately becomes attached.  Granger is living the high life of a fornicating cad in his…

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Zandalee

BB (out of 5) More Wild Orchid ridiculousness. A bored housewife (Erika Anderson) finds she can no longer connect sexually with her poet-turned-executive husband (Judge Reinhold). To release herself she runs into the arms of her husband’s old friend Nicolas Cage, not realizing that he is actually a dangerous manipulator. However it all plays out,…

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Last Summer In The Hamptons

BBBB.5 (out of 5) I love this carefree, intelligently written and directed film by independent filmmaker Henry Jaglom. A Hollywood actress (Victoria Foyt, Jaglom’s real-life wife and co-writer of the screenplay) has just finished making a blockbuster film playing a superhero and now has come to a tiny theatre community in the Hamptons to workshop…

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The Way We Were

BBBB (out of 5) Politics and romance mix with volatile results in this entertaining, intellectual soap opera. Barbra Streisand is zesty as an outspoken socialist who falls in love with golden boy Robert Redford.  He disapproves of her communist tendencies, but the two of them are so drawn to each other that they can’t help but…

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Stargate

BBB (out of 5) Egyptologist James Spader loses the last of his grant money when the academic community tires of his theories involving pyramids and the aliens he believes built them. He has reached the end of his rope until a mysterious woman (Viveca Lindfors, not long before her death) shows up requesting a task of…

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Looking For Richard

BB.5 (out of 5) Self-indulgent examination of Shakespeare’s bloodbath tragedy Richard III has Al Pacino directing a semi-documentary of himself preparing for a production of the play, while interviewing some famous Hollywood faces about Shakespeare. It should be interesting and captivating, it should cover a wide variety of subjects and experiences, but really it’s just about…

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A Wedding

BBB (out of 5) Multi-character Robert Altman film about a wedding that spirals quickly into a terrible disaster thanks to the various issues of its guests. At the centre is the union between a young woman and young man (Desi Arnaz Jr.,) who appear to be perfectly made for each other, but there are complications….

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Adventures Of Don Juan

BB.5 (out of 5) Warner Bros. was looking to take advantage of Errol Flynn’s fame as the king of swashbucklers in the thirties and forties, little knowing the production problems that would plague this film.  The project was conceived in 1939 (to capitalize on his success in films like Robin Hood and Captain Blood), restarted…

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