The Day Of The Locust

BBB (out of 5) William Atherton begins to work as an art director at a movie studio during the Golden Age of Hollywood, taking up residence at a crummy apartment complex. The San Bernardino Arms (or “San Berdoo”) also houses a peroxided blond (Karen Black) who hopes to be a star, her faded vaudevillian father…

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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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Ghostbusters (Ghost Busters)

BBBB (out of 5) After three scientists (Bill Murray, who is terrific, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) investigating supernatural phenomena are fired from their university and have their grants taken away, they set up shop in an old fire hall and sell themselves as ‘ghost busters’. New York City, as it turns out, is a giant…

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Oscar

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1991.  Joseph S. Vecchio Entertainment, Silver Screen Partners IV, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, based on the play by Claude Magnier.  Cinematography by Mac Ahlberg.  Produced by Leslie Belzberg.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Bill Kenney.  Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by Dale Beldin Sylvester Stallone tried to take a…

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Die Hard 2

BBBB (out of 5) Endlessly fun sequel to John McTiernan’s genre-breaking action film, with Bruce Willis once again playing the wisecracking super cop who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. This time it’s Dulles airport in Washington, where his wife’s plane is overhead trying to land (fuel tank is running low too) but…

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The Pelican Brief

BB.5 (out of 5) Excessively long film version of John Grisham’s popular bestseller. This time the lawyer-in-distress plot revolves around a young law student (Julia Roberts) who ruminates on the recent assassination of two key senators and writes her theory about who she thinks did it in a file she calls “The Pelican Brief”. Finding…

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Die Hard

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Action-packed, exciting tower-of-terrors movie that features Bruce Willis in the role that deservedly made him a superstar. What do you need when German terrorists take a Japanese-owned California building hostage?  A New York cop, of course! Alan Rickman plays the head of terrorists who hold up a forty-story building on Christmas…

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Real Genius

BBB (out of 5) Gabriel Jarret is such an incredibly smart teenager that, at the young age of fifteen, his brilliant work in the sciences has landed him a position studying under physicist William Atherton in a university program for geniuses. When he arrives there he finds himself among a slew of misfits and geeks, lorded over…

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The Sugarland Express

BBBB (out of 5) Bubbly Goldie Hawn shows up for a visit at husband William Atherton‘s prison and announces that she’s going to break him out. She’s found out where their daughter is living in foster care and is insistent on getting her and putting their little family back together again. When they resort to…

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Looking For Mr. Goodbar

B (out of 5) Richard Brooks’ adaptation of Judith Rossner’s controversial novel starts off well, detailing the experiences of a young woman trying to escape the confines of her claustrophobic religious Catholic household by having an affair with her professor/employer. Following their breakup she begins to cruise the netherworld of singles bars, and here’s where…

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No Mercy

BB.5 (out of 5) The first of two times that Richard Gere and Kim Basinger were united on screen was in this brainless drama (the second was in the brainless thriller Final Analysis). Gere plays a Chicago cop whose  job as a hitman goes awry when his pretend target actually gets killed, as does his own partner….

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