One Night In Miami (2020)

REGINA KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2020. ABKCO Films, Snoot Entertainment. Screenplay by Kemp Powers, based on his play. Cinematography by Tami Reiker. Produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Page Buckner, Barry Robison. Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Film Editing by Tariq…

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

ISAO TAKAHATA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original Title:  Kaguyahime no monogatari Japan, 2013.  Studio Ghibli, Dentsu, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, KDDI Corporation, Mitsubishi, Nippon Television Network, Toho.  Story by Isao Takahata, Screenplay by Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi.  Cinematography by Keisuke Nakamura.  Produced by Yoshiaki Nishimura, Seiichirô Ujiie, Geoffrey Wexler.  Music by Joe Hisaishi.  Production…

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The Mountain Between Us (2017)

HANY ABU-ASSAD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Chris Weitz, J. Mills Goodloe, based on the novel by Charles Martin.  Cinematography by Mandy Walker.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, David Ready, Jenno Topping.  Music by Ramin Djawadi.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Lee…

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Charlotte’s Web (2006)

GARY WINICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2006.  Paramount Pictures, Walden Media, Kerner Entertainment Company, Nickelodeon Movies, Film Victoria, KMP Film Invest, Sandman Studios.  Story by Earl Hamner Jr., Screenplay by Susannah Grant, Karey Kirkpatrick, based on the book by E.B. White.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Jordan Kerner.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Rita…

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Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience (2007)

RICHARD ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2007.  The Documentary Group.  Screenplay by Colby Buzzell, Edward Parker Gyokeres, Sangjoon Han, Ed Hrivnak, Jack Lewis, John McCary, Denis Prior, Michael Strobl, Brian Turner.  Cinematography by Jason Ellson.  Produced by Richard Robbins.  Music by Ben Decter.  Production Design by Regina O’Brien.  Costume Design by Jeannine West.  Film Editing by Gillian McCarthy.  Academy Awards 2007.   The power of…

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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

TONY RICHARDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 1984.  Woodfall Film Productions, Filmline Productions, Producers Circle.  Screenplay by Tony Richardson, based on the novel by John Irving. Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Neil Hartley, Pieter Kroonenburg, David J. Patterson.  Production Design by Jocelyn Herbert.  Costume Design by Jocelyn Herbert.  Film Editing by Robert K. Lambert. Further proof, after The…

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The Other Side Of The Mountain

LARRY PEERCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1975.  Universal Pictures, Filmways Pictures.  Screenplay by David Seltzer, based on the book A Long Way Up by E.G. Valens.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Edward S. Feldman.  Music by Charles Fox.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by Grady Hunt.  Film Editing by Eve Newman. Academy Awards 1975.  Golden Globe Awards 1975.  …

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Two-Minute Warning

LARRY PEERCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1976.  Filmways Pictures, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Edward Hume, based on the novel by George LaFountaine. Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld.  Produced by Edward S. Feldman.  Music by Charles Fox.  Production Design by Herman A. Blumenthal.  Costume Design by Irwin Rose.  Film Editing by Walter Hannemann, Eve Newman.  Academy Awards 1976.   Standard entry in the…

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The Ballad Of Jack And Rose (2005)

REBECCA MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2005.  IFC Productions, Initial Entertainment Group, Elevation Filmworks, Jack and Rose Productions.  Screenplay by Rebecca Miller.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Lemore Syvan.  Music by Michael Rohatyn.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Jennifer von Mayrhauser.  Film Editing by Sabine Hoffman.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2005.  National Society of Film Critics Awards 2005.   New…

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The Fabulous Baker Boys

BBBB (out of 5) Wonderful character-driven drama has very little plot but is laden with atmosphere. Beau and Jeff Bridges play fraternal piano players whose gigs are growing slim in number and whose act is getting stale. They decide that the best way to spiff the party up is to hire a singer, and after a series…

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Married To It (1991)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1991.  Screenplay by Janet Kovalcik.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Thomas Baer.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.   In the tradition of Grand Canyon and The Big Chill, here’s yet another ensemble cast drama about adults making their…

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Swashbuckler (1976)

JAMES GOLDSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   Alternate title:  Scarlet Buccaneer USA, 1976.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Paul Wheeler, Screenplay by Jeffrey Bloom.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Jennings Lang.  Music by John Addison.  Production Design by John Robert Lloyd.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Edward A. Biery. Moderately fun adventure film tries to recapture the glory days of Errol…

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