Flatliners (1990)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Stonebridge Entertainment.  Screenplay by Peter Filardi.  Cinematography by Jan de Bont.  Produced by Rick Bieber, Michael Douglas.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by Susan Becker.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.   Apparently medical school doesn’t keep you busy enough: a group of students find that taking…

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Groundhog Day (1993)

HAROLD RAMIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Danny Rubin, Screenplay by Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Trevor Albert, Harold Ramis.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by David Nichols.  Costume Design by Jennifer Butler.  Film Editing by Pembroke J. Herring.   One of the most wonderful romantic comedies of the decade.  Bill Murray plays…

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Blue Sky (1994)

TONY RICHARDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Heathrow Productions, Orion Pictures.  Story by Rama Laurie Stagner, Screenplay by Rama Laurie Stagner, Arlene Sarner, Jerry Leichtling.  Cinematography by Steve Yaconelli.  Produced by Robert H. Solo.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Timian Alsaker.  Costume Design by Jane Robinson.  Film Editing by Robert K. Lambert.   Jessica Lange deservedly won an Academy Award for…

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Lolita (1997)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1997.  Guild, Lolita Productions, Pathé.  Screenplay by Stephen Schiff, based on the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Julie Monroe.  National Board of Review Awards 1998.   Vladimir…

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The United States Of Leland (2003)

MATTHEW RYAN HOGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2003.  MDP Worldwide, Media 8 Entertainment, Thousand Words, Trigger Street Productions.  Screenplay by Matthew Ryan Hoge.  Cinematography by James Glennon.  Produced by Bernie Morris, Jonah Smith, Kevin Spacey, Palmer West.  Music by Jeremy Enigk.  Production Design by Edward T. McAvoy.  Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell.  Film Editing by Jeff Betancourt.   After a teenager (Ryan…

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An Eye For An Eye (1996)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1996.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa, based on the novel by Erika Holzer.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Michael I. Levy.  Music by James Newton Howard.  roduction Design by Stephen Hendrickson.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Peter Honess. It’s rather unfortunate when an Oscar winning star and similarly feted director can…

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Home For The Holidays

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jodie Foster makes her second film as director with this heartwarming but uneven family comedy/drama. Holly Hunter plays an art restorer who gets fired from her swanky California job and then has to spend Thanksgiving weekend in the Midwest being raked over hot coals by her family. Mom Anne Bancroft has never…

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The Wedding Singer

FRANK CORACI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Adam Sandler is the most successful wedding singer in his small upstate New York town who, at his own wedding, is left hanging at the altar by his indecisive fiancee (Angela Featherstone). While trying to get over the painful experience that has basically ruined his career, he befriends a…

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Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)

JIM ABRAHAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1990.  Incorporated Television Company.  Screenplay by Karen Leigh Hopkins.  Cinematography by Paul Elliott.  Produced by Penney Finkelman Cox.  Music by Melissa Etheridge, Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Dena Roth.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.   This thoroughly underrated film offers a poignant view of life in small town America, one…

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