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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Illuminata

BB (out of 5) Too strange to be memorable, this odd mess of a film concerns a nineteenth-century minor theatre group putting on an opera. An A-list cast that includes John Turturro (who also directed), Susan Sarandon, Beverly D’Angelo, Katherine Borowitz (Turturro’s real-life wife) and Aida Turturro  (his sister) are all wonderful, but clearly the script they…

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The Crucible

BBBB (out of 5) Terrific adaptation of Arthur Miller’s groundbreaking anti-Red Scare play has lost some of its momentum now that the double meaning of the story isn’t quite as potent, but still works thanks to director Nicholas Hytner’s not concentrating on the film’s more political content and just delivering good, solid drama. Daniel Day-Lewis is…

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Far And Away

BB (out of 5) Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman made three movies together during their marriage, all of them proof that they shouldn’t make movies together. Cruise stars as a plucky young Irish lad who goes to the estate of a wealthy landowner to protest the enormous rents that are crippling his ailing father. In…

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The Fisher King

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jeff Bridges plays a talk radio host who is devastated when a listener misinterprets his advice and commits a heinous crime in a New York City restaurant. Quitting his job and in the midst of trying to quit his life, Bridges takes to the streets and meets a free spirited homeless man…

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Waterworld

BB.5 (out of 5) Not nearly as bad as its reputation would have you think, this film was the most expensive film ever made at its time (budgeted roughly at $170 million). Kevin Costner plays a slightly mutated drifter in a Mad Max Meets The Flintstones futuristic world that is completely sunk in water. He and…

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Reckless

BBB (out of 5) Positively weird comedy about a woman (Mia Farrow) who thinks she’s happily married until she finds out that her husband (Tony Goldwyn) has taken out a contract on her life. Escaping from her house the night that the dreaded event is supposed to happen, she goes on a kooky adventure that…

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Blue In The Face

BB.5 (out of 5) The filmmakers who created Smoke found themselves with leftover characters and sets from the first film and decided to make a sort of semi-sequel. Instead of a script, they based the film entirely on the improvisations of the actors involved, and the film plays out more like Actors Studio exercises then…

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