Dear Evan Hansen (2021)

STEPHEN CHBOSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 2021. Marc Platt Productions, Perfect World Pictures, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Steven Levenson, based on the musical stage play, music and lyrics by Justin Paul, Benj Pasek, book by Steven Levenson. Cinematography by Brandon Trost. Produced by Marc Platt, Adam Siegel. Music by Benj Pasek, Justin…

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A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (2019)

MARIELLE HELLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  China/USA, 2019.  Big Beach Films, Tencent Pictures, TriStar Pictures.  Screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster.  Cinematography by Jody Lee Lipes.  Produced by Youree Henley, Leah Holzer, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub.  Music by Nate Heller.  Production Design by Jade Healy.  Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by…

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

MARIELLE HELLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Archer Gray, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty. Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell.   Music by Nate Heller.  Production Design by Stephen H. Carter.   Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe.  Broke, unemployed and her celebrated biographies published…

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Adventureland (2009)

GREG MOTTOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Miramax, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, This Is That Productions.  Screenplay by Greg Mottola.  Cinematography by Terry Stacey.  Produced by Anne Carey,Ted Hope, Sidney Kimmel.  Music by Yo La Tengo. Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe.   After his parents reveal to him that they’ve suffered a financial…

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The Daytrippers (1996)

GREG MOTTOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada/USA, 1996.  Alliance Communications Corporation, Cinépix Film Properties, Fiasco Photoplays, Trick Productions.  Screenplay by Greg Mottola.  Cinematography by John Inwood.  Produced by Steven Soderbergh, Nancy Tenenbaum.  Music by Richard Martinez.  Production Design by Bonnie J. Brinkley.  Costume Design by Barbara Presar.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Droll New York comedy about…

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Maria Full Of Grace (2004)

JOSHUA MARSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Colombia/USA/Ecuador, 2004.  HBO Films, Fine Line Features, Journeyman Pictures, Proyecto Tucan, Alter-Ciné, Santa Fe Productions.  Screenplay by Joshua Marston.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Paul Mezey.  Music by Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman.  Production Design by Debbie DeVilla, Monica Marulanda.  Costume Design by Sarah Beers, Lauren Press.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe, Lee Percy.  Academy Awards 2004.  Berlin Film…

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Margaret (2011)

KENNETH LONERGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2011.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Gilbert Films, Mirage Enterprises, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Kenneth Lonergan.  Cinematography by Ryszard Lenczewski.  Produced by Gary Gilbert, Sydney Pollack, Scott Rudin.  Music by Nico Muhly.  Production Design by Dan Leigh.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Mike Fay, Anne McCabe.  National Society of Film Critics…

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You Can Count On Me (2000)

KENNETH LONERGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBBB.  USA, 2000.  Hart Sharp Entertainment, Cappa Production, Crush Entertainment, Shooting Gallery.  Screenplay by Kenneth Lonergan.  Cinematography by Stephen Kazmierski.  Produced by Barbara De Fina, John Hart, Larry Meistrich, Jeff Sharp.  Music by Lesley Barber.  Production Design by Michael Shaw.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe.   One of the most accomplished films of…

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BBB.5 (out of 5) Shame presented sexually compulsive behavior as the background upon which director Steve McQueen could render all his own personal feelings of the titular anguish without the least bit of honesty or credibility; Stuart Blumberg’s romantic comedy on the same subject has plenty of moments that veer into sitcom humour, but he…

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