The Panic In Needle Park (1971)

JERRY SCHATZBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1971. Gadd Productions Corp., Didion-Dunne. Screenplay by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, based on the book by James Mills. Cinematography by Adam Holender. Produced by Dominick Dunne. Production Design by Murray P. Stern. Costume Design by Jo Ynocencio. Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman. A film…

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The Irishman (2019)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 2019.  Fábrica de Cine, STX Entertainment, Sikelia Productions, Tribeca Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Charles Brandt.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Troy Allen, Gerald Chamales, Robert De Niro, Randall Emmett, Gaston Pavlovich, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Irwin…

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Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood (2019)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/China, 2019.  Bona Film Group, Heyday Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Visiona Romantica.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino.  Music by Mary Ramos.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Fred…

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The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.   USA/Germany, 1997.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Kopelson Entertainment, Taurus Film, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy, based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing…

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Danny Collins (2015)

DAN FOGELMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Big Indie Pictures, ShivHans Pictures.  Screenplay by Dan Fogelman.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Nimitt Mankad, Jessie Nelson.  Music by Ryan Adams, Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Film Editing by Julie Monroe.  Golden Globe Awards 2015.   Al Pacino plays a Manilow-esque crooner who hasn’t written a song in decades but…

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The Humbling (2014)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2014.  Ambi Pictures, Hammerton Productions, Stonelock Pictures.  Screenplay by Buck Henry, Michal Zebede, based on the novel by Philip Roth.  Cinematography by Adam Jandrup.  Produced by Barry Levinson, Al Pacino, Jason Sosnoff.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Sam Lisenco.  Costume Design by Kim Wilcox.  Film Editing by Aaron Yanes.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.   An aging actor…

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Scarecrow (1973)

JERRY SCHATZBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1973.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Garry Michael White.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Robert M. Sherman.  Music by Fred Myrow.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Jo Ynocencio.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman.   Two top-notch performances are the biggest draw to this odd but satisfying drama. Gene Hackman has just been released from…

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The Merchant Of Venice (2004)

MICHAEL RADFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Italy/Luxembourg/United Kingdom, 2004.  Movision, Avenue Pictures, UK Film Council, Film Fund Luxembourg, Delux Productions, Immagine e Cinema, Dania Film, Istituto Luce, Navidi-Wilde Productions Ltd., 39 McLaren St. Sydney, Rough Diamond Productions, Spice Factory.  Screenplay by Michael Radford, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Cary Brokaw, Michael Cowan, Barry…

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Insomnia (2002)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Canada, 2002.  Alcon Entertainment, Witt/Thomas Productions, Section Eight, Insomnia Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Hillary Seitz, based on the 1997 screenplay by Nikolaj Frobenius, Erik Skjoldbjaerg.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Broderick Johnson, Paul Junger Witt, Andrew A. Kosove, Edward McDonnell.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film…

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Frankie And Johnny (1991)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Terrence McNally, based on his play Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Garry Marshall.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Rosanna Norton.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas, Battle Davis.   This enjoyable drama is based on…

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Heat (1995)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1995.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Forward Pass, Art Linson Productions, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Michael Mann.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Art Linson, Michael Mann.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Pasquale Buba, William Goldenberg, Dov Hoenig, Tom Rolf. Michael Mann’s…

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Madonna: Truth Or Dare (1991)

ALEK KESHISHIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Boy Toy, Miramax, Propaganda Films.  Cinematography by Christophe Lanzenberg, Robert Leacock, Doug Nichol, Daniel Pearl, Toby Phillips, Marc Reshovsky.  Produced by Tim Clawson, Jay Roewe.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   This fascinating documentary takes you behind the scenes of pop icon Madonna‘s 1990 Blond Ambition tour:  her dancers are…

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