A Rage In Harlem (1991)

BILL DUKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1991.  Palace Pictures, Miramax.  Screenplay by John Toles-Bey, Bobby Crawford, based on the novel by Chester Himes.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by Kerry Rock, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Elmer Bernstein, Jeff Vincent.  Production Design by Steven Legler.  Costume Design by Nele Samples.  Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton.   A magnificent shoot-out in mid-fifties Mississippi ends with…

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Dangerous Minds (1995)

JOHN N. SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1995.  Hollywood Pictures, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Via Rosa Productions.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the book My Posse Don’t Do Homework by LouAnne Johnson.  Cinematography by Pierre Letarte.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson.  Music by Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Bobbie…

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Sparkle (1976)

SAM O’STEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1976.  Robert Stigwood Organization, Warner Bros..  Story by Howard Rosenman, Screenplay by Joel Schumacher.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Howard Rosenman.  Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Peter Wooley.  Costume Design by Daniel Paredes.  Film Editing by Gordon Scott.   There’s an honest and unassuming quality about this tale of family and ambition that overrides its…

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Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)

KELLY MAKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Simian Films.  Screenplay by Adam Scheinman, Robert Kuhn.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Elizabeth Hurley, Charles Mulvehill.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Gregory P. Keen.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by David Freeman.   Hugh Grant‘s charm and some extremely hilarious moments…

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Simon Birch (1998)

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Steven Johnson, based on the novel by John Irving.  Cinematography by Aaron Schneider.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Laurence Mark.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by David Chapman.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann, Abram Waterhouse.  Film Editing by David Finfer.   Sweet adolescent tearjerker about a young…

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The Real Blonde (1997)

TOM DiCILLO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Lakeshore Entertainment.  Screenplay by Tom DiCillo.  Cinematography by Frank Prinzi.  Produced by Tom Rosenberg, Marcus Viscidi.  Music by Jim Farmer.  Production Design by Christopher Nowak.  Costume Design by Jennifer von Mayrhauser.  Film Editing by Keiko Deguchi, Camilla Toniolo.   Adults sabotaging perfectly good relationships with stubborn hangups is the focus of Tom DiCillo’s heartfelt romantic…

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The Hurricane (1999)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1999.  Azoff Entertainment, Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Armyan Bernstein, Dan Gordon, based on the books The 16th Round by Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, and Lazarus and the Hurricane by Sam Chaiton, Terry Swinton.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Norman Jewison, John Ketcham.  Music by Jeremy Sweet, Christopher…

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Malcolm X (1992)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Japan, 1992.  Largo International N.V., JVC Entertainment Networks, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee, Ahmed Murad, Marvin Worth.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume…

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Lone Star (1996)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Castle Rock Entertainment, Rio Dulce.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by R. Paul Miller, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by John Sayles.   John Sayles’ writing in this fascinating drama wanders a bit too much…

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Jefferson In Paris (1995)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France/USA, 1995.   Touchstone Pictures, Merchant Ivory Productions, Centre National de la Cinématographie.   Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.   Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme.   Produced by Ismail Merchant.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by Guy-Claude Francois.   Costume Design by Jenny Beavan, John Bright.   Film Editing by Isabelle Lorente, Andrew…

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She’s The One (1996)

EDWARD BURNS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Good Machine, Marlboro Road Gang Productions, South Fork Pictures.  Screenplay by Edward Burns.  Cinematography by Frank Prinzi.  Produced by Edward Burns, Ted Hope, James Schamus.  Production Design by William Barclay.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Susan Graef.   Edward Burns follows his successful debut The Brothers McMullen with this very similar…

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It Could Happen To You (1994)

ANDREW BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jane Anderson.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Mike Lobell.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Barry Malkin.   Nicolas Cage plays a gold-hearted cop who comes up short of a tip for a Manhattan waitress (Bridget Fonda), promising instead to split the…

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