The Hospital (1971)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1971.  Simcha Productions.   Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Howard Gottfried.  Music by Morris Surdin.  Production Design by Gene Rudolf.  Costume Design by Frank L. Thompson.  Film Editing by Eric Albertson.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971. George C. Scott dominates this fascinating black comedy that seeks to tear a strip…

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Wildlife (2018)

PAUL DANO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  June Pictures, Nine Stories Productions, Sight Unseen Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, based on the book by Richard Ford.  Cinematography by Diego García.  Produced by Paul Dano, Andrew Duncan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Alex Saks.  Music by David Lang.  Production Design by Akin McKenzie.  Costume Design by…

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Thoroughbreds (2017)

CORY FINLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2017.  B Story, Big Indie Pictures, June Pictures.  Screenplay by Cory Finley.  Cinematography by Lyle Vincent.  Produced by Andrew Duncan, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Alex Saks, Kevin J. Walsh.  Music by Erik Friedlander.  Production Design by Jeremy Woodward.  Costume Design by Alex Bovaird.  Film Editing by Louise Ford. Two girls in an affluent Connecticut suburb get…

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Book Club (2018)

BILL HOLDERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2018.  Apartment Story, June Pictures.  Screenplay by Bill Holderman, Erin Simms.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Andrew Duncan, Bill Holderman, Alex Saks, Erin Simms.  Music by Peter Nashel.  Production Design by Rachel O’Toole.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly.   Four Los Angeles women have stayed connected thanks to their monthly…

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The Florida Project (2017)

SEAN BAKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Cre Film, Freestyle Picture Company, June Pictures, Sweet Tomato Films.  Screenplay by Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch.  Cinematography by Alexis Zabe.  Produced by Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Stephonik Youth.  Costume Design by Fernando Rodriguez.  Film Editing by Sean Baker. …

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Love Story

BBBB (out of 5) Just try and resist this wonderful romance, you’ll fail completely. Working class university student Jenny (Ali MacGraw) falls in love with prep-school educated Harvard Law student Oliver (Ryan O’Neal) and they get married after graduation. They must contend with his snobby family’s cutting them off as well as their own struggles…

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An Unmarried Woman

BBBBB (out of 5) Joins Diary of a Mad Housewife, A Woman Under The Influence and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore as top-notch examples of seventies films about women’s issues.  Jill Clayburgh‘s finest career moment (the role earned her Best Actress honours at Cannes) features her as an upper-middle-class Manhattan housewife whose life falls apart when her…

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