Old Enough (1984)

MARISA SILVER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1984. Silver Films. Screenplay by Marisa Silver. Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Produced by Dina Silver. Music by Julian Marshall. Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend. Costume Design by Teri Kane. Film Editing by Mark Burns. Lonnie (Sarah Boyd) is approaching her teens and lives in a fancy…

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V.I. Warshawski (1991)

JEFF KANEW Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1991. Hollywood Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV, Chestnut Hill Productions. Screen story by Edward Taylor, Screenplay by Edward Taylor, David Aaron Cohen, Nick Thiel, based on the novels by Sara Paretsky. Cinematography by Jan Kiesser. Produced by Jeffrey Lurie. Music by Randy Edelman. Production Design by…

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A Thousand Acres (1997)

JOCELYN MOORHOUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Touchstone Pictures, Propaganda Films, Via Rosa Productions, Prairie Films, Beacon Pictures.  Screenplay by Laura Jones, based on the novel by Jane Smiley. Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Marc Abraham, Lynn Arost, Steve Golin, Kate Guinzburg, Sigurjon Sighvatsson.  Music by Richard Hartley.  Production Design by Dan Davis.  Costume Design by Ruth…

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Unfaithful (2002)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany/France, 2002.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Unfaithful Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, William Broyles Jr., based on the film La Femme Infidele by Claude Chabrol.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by G. Mac Brown, Adrian Lyne.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Brian Morris,…

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House Of Cards (1993)

MICHAEL LESSAC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1993.  A&M Films, Penta Pictures.  Story by Michael Lessac, Robert Jay Litz, Screenplay by Michael Lessac.  Cinematography by Victor Hammer.  Produced by Wolfgang Glattes, Lianne Halfon, Dale Pollock.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Walter Murch.   When Kathleen Turner loses her husband in a fatal…

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Housekeeping (1987)

BILL FORSYTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1987.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Bill Forsyth, based on the novel by Marilynne Robinson.  Cinematography by Michael Coulter.  Produced by Robert F. Colesberry.  Music by Michael Gibbs.  Production Design by Adrienne Atkinson.  Costume Design by Mary-Jane Reyner.  Film Editing by Michael Ellis.   As little girls in post-war Seattle, Ruthie and Lucille were abandoned…

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Agnes Of God (1985)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1985.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi IV Productions.  Screenplay by John Pielmeier, based on his stage play.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   Enjoyable melodrama about the investigation of a possible miracle and/or murder….

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The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe

SIMON CALLOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5.   Oppressively weird little film from the production house of Merchant Ivory, with British actor Simon Callow directing an American drama as if it took place on another planet. Vanessa Redgrave is excellent as the tomboyish owner of a general store in a dusty southern town who is…

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