Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

GEORGE C. WOLFE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play by August Wilson. Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler. Produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf. Music by Branford Marsalis. Production Design by Mark Ricker. Costume Design by Ann Roth. Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein. …

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The Island (1980)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.    USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Productions.  Screenplay by Peter Benchley, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Ennio Morricone.   Production Design by Dale Hennesy.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Richard A. Harris. Being…

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The Only Living Boy In New York (2017)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 2017.  Amazon Studios, Bona Fide Productions, Big Indie Pictures.  Screenplay by Allan Loeb.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Michelle Matland, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Tim Streeto.  Callum Turner does his best with a wooden screenplay as a…

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The Post (2017)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB. United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks, Participant Media, Pascal Pictures, Star Thrower Entertainment, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Liz Hannah, Josh Singer.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sarah Broshar, Michael Kahn.  Academy…

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The Girl On The Train (2016)

TATE TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Amblin Partners, DreamWorks, Marc Platt Productions, Reliance Entertainment.  Screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on the novel by Paula Hawkins.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Jared LeBoff, Marc Platt.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Michelle Matland, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Andrew Buckland,…

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The Day Of The Locust (1975)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1975.  Paramount Pictures, Long Road Productions.  Screenplay by Waldo Salt, based on the novel by Nathanael West.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Jerome Hellman.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.  Academy Awards 1975.  Golden Globe Awards 1975.  National Board of Review Awards…

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Only When I Laugh (1981)

GLENN JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 1981.  Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play The Gingerbread Lady.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Roger M. Rothstein, Neil Simon.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by John Wright.  Academy Awards 1981.  Golden Globe Awards 1981.  Toronto International Film Festival 1981….

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Ricki And The Flash (2015)

JONATHAN DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2015.  Clinica Estetico, LStar Capital, TriStar Pictures.  Screenplay by Diablo Cody.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Diablo Cody, Gary Goetzman, Mason Novick, Marc Platt.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Wyatt Smith. Years after she walked out on her husband and three kids to pursue…

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While We’re Young (2014)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2014.  Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.  Cinematography by Sam Levy.  Produced by Noah Baumbach, Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub.  Music by James Murphy.  Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lame.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.  Gotham Awards 2015.  National Board of Review Awards 2015.    Ben Stiller is a…

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Guarding Tess (1994)

HUGH WILSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  Channel Films, TriStar Pictures.  Screenplay by Hugh Wilson, PJ Torokvei.  Cinematography by Brian J. Reynolds.  Produced by Nancy Graham Tanen, Ned Tanen.  Music by Michael Convertino.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Sue Gandy, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.   Secret Service Agent Nicolas Cage is given his worst nightmare of…

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The Out-Of-Towners (1999)

SAM WEISMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Cherry Alley Productions, Cort/Madden Productions, Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans Company, The Cort/Madden Company.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence, based on the screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Robert W. Cort, Robert Evans, David Madden, Teri Schwartz.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by…

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Last Night (2010)

MASSY TADJEDIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/France, 2010.  Gaumont, Nick Wechsler Productions, Star Entertainment, Westbourne Films.  Screenplay by Massy Tadjedin.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Sidonie Dumas, Massy Tadjedin, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Tim Grimes.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Toronto International Film Festival 2010.   Well, who wouldn’t want to sit through the…

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