Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern (1995)

STEVEN ASCHER, JEANNE JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1995.  Forensic Films, West City Films.  Screenplay by Steven Ascher, Jeanne Jordan.  Cinematography by Steven Ascher.  Produced by Steven Ascher, Jeanne Jordan.  Music by Sheldon Mirowitz.  Production Design by Alison Kennedy.  Film Editing by Jeanne Jordan.  Academy Awards 1995.  Independent Spirit Awards 1996.   Jeanne…

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The Star Maker (1995)

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Original title:  L’Uomo Delle Stelle Italy, 1995.  Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana.  Story by Giuseppe Tornatore, Screenplay by Fabio Rinaudo, Giuseppe Tornatore.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Vittorio Cecchi Gori.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Francesco Bronzi.  Costume Design by Beatrice Bordone.  Film Editing by Massimo Quaglia.  Academy Awards 1995.   A con…

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All Things Fair (1995)

BO WIDERBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Lust Och Fagring Stor Sweden/Denmark, 1995.  Per Holst Filmproduktion, Det Danske Filminstitut, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Svenska Filminstitutet, Egmont, TV2 Danmark, SVT Drama.  Screenplay by Bo Widerberg.  Cinematography by Morten Bruus.  Produced by Per Holst.  Production Design by Palle Arestrup.  Costume Design by Renette Bengtsson, Asa Broms, Lotta Petersson, Birthe Qualmann, Nicklas Ostergren.  Film Editing by…

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The Usual Suspects (1995)

BRYAN SINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA/Germany, 1995.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Spelling Films International, Blue Parrot, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Rosco Film GmbH.  Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Michael McDonnell, Bryan Singer.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Louise Mingenbach.  Film Editing by John Ottman.  Academy Awards 1995.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1995.   Golden…

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Batman Forever (1995)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Warner Bros., PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.  Story by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Screenplay by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Akiva Goldsman, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Tim Burton, Peter Macgregor-Scott.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin,…

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The Postman (1994)

MICHAEL RADFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Il Postino Italy/France/Belgium, 1994.  Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Penta Film, Esterno Mediterraneo Film, Blue Dahlia Productions, K2 Two, Canal+.  Story by Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, Screenplay by Anna Pavignano, Michael Radford, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, Massimo Troisi, based on the novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skarmeta.  Cinematography by Franco…

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My Family

GREGORY NAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Mi Familia USA, 1995.  American Playhouse, American Zoetrope, Majestic Films International, Newcomb Productions.  Screenplay by Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Anna Thomas.  Music by Mark McKenzie.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Tracy Tynan.  Film Editing by Nancy Richardson.  Academy Awards 1995.  Independent Spirit Awards 1995.   Multiple generations of a…

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Small Wonders

ALLAN MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Fiddlefest USA, 1995.  Four Oaks Foundation.  Cinematography by Kramer Morgenthau.  Produced by Susan Kaplan, Allan Miller.  Film Editing by Allan Miller.  Academy Awards 1995.   Those who enjoyed the Meryl Streep film Music of the Heart should definitely get a look at the documentary that inspired it. Originally titled Fiddlefest when it…

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Richard III (1995)

BB.5 (out of 5) So much effort has been put into the design of this stylish adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most violent plays that the original material is sunken into the background to very bad effect. Set in a magical fantasy version of World War II, the film stars Ian McKellen as a Naziesque Richard…

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Don Juan DeMarco

BB.5 (out of 5) Johnny Depp stars as a young man who insists he is the famed lover who woos women and makes their dreams come true. Marlon Brando plays the psychiatrist who has to determine whether this man is psychotically delusional or just an unhappy kid who needs a fantasy world to get through his dreary…

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Unstrung Heroes

DIANE KEATON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Diane Keaton directs this bittersweet tale of a boy growing up under the experience of losing his mother (Andie MacDowell). He finds refuge in the companionship of two positively insane uncles (Maury Chaykin, Michael Richards) who help him deal with his terrible impending loss while his father (John Turturro)…

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Restoration (1995)

MICHAEL HOFFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Avenue Pictures, Miramax, Segue Productions, The Oxford Film Company.  Screenplay by Rupert Walters, based on the novel by Rose Tremain.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Sarah Black, Cary Brokaw, Andy Paterson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.  Academy Awards…

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