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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Serial Mom

BBBB (out of 5) Taking on America’s obsession with the ‘American dream’, John Waters makes one of his funniest comedies. Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner in top form) is a June Cleaver-like housewife who bakes cookies, recycles diligently and makes her kids’ breakfasts every morning. Everything about her is completely normal…except that she’s also a serial killer….

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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

BBBB (out of 5) On a casual evening in New York, a hotshot lawyer (Matthew McConaughey) celebrates a personal victory at a local bar, having just sent a guilty man to prison. A nearby patron of the establishment (Alan Arkin) has just had a terrible week that has confirmed his doubts about humanity in general….

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Message In A Bottle

BBB.5 (out of 5) Poetic cinematography and an unapologetically hammy romantic feel will go over extremely well with those in the mood for melodrama. Robin Wright is excellent as a single woman who discovers a bottle on the beach with a letter inside. After much extensive research she traces the bottle back to a seashore-abiding widowed…

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In The Line Of Fire

BBBB (out of 5) Trust Wolfgang Petersen to come up with a cop thriller that’s a good cut above the genre average. Clint Eastwood plays a near-retired agent who never got over the fact that President Kennedy died on his watch. Now old demons have returned to haunt him when a psychotic madman (John Malkovich)…

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Waking The Dead

BBB.5 (out of 5) Moody and poetic drama about a young political candidate (Billy Crudup) haunted by the memories of his late girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly), a 70s rebel and freedom-fighting upstart. Trouble is, he doesn’t really know if he’s just imagining seeing her or if she really is appearing to him. Jodie Foster produced this…

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Donnie Brasco

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Superb dramatization of the true life events involving undercover cop Joseph Pistone’s experiences while investigating a powerful mob boss. Johnny Depp is brilliantly subtle in the role, and he’s matched inch for inch by an unforgettable Al Pacino in the role of the criminal, one which threatens to be another in a long…

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The Jackal

BB.5 (out of 5) Remake of Fred Zinnemann’s Day of the Jackal tries to update the original story’s political climate to today but ends up being a routine thriller with nothing original to offer. Bruce Willis is the mysterious chameleon assassin who seems to be able to avoid any authorities around the world with his many disguises,…

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