The French Dispatch (2021)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: The French Dispatch of The Liberty Kansas Evening Sun USA/Germany, 2021. American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg. Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness, Jason Schwartzman, Screenplay by Wes Anderson. Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman. Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales….

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Isle of Dogs (2018)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA/Germany, 2018.  American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, Screenplay by Wes Anderson.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Paul Harrod, Adam Stockhausen.  Film Editing by…

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Girlfriends (1978)

CLAUDIA WEILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Cyclops.  Story by Claudia Weill, Vicki Polon, Screenplay by Vicki Polon.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Claudia Weill.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Susan Becker, Jody Cyd-Cooper, Bonnie Daziel.  Film Editing by Suzanne Pettit.   Melanie Mayron‘s starring debut was this low-key charmer that made impressive…

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Everything Is Copy (2015)

JACOB BERNSTEIN, NICK HOOKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 2015.  HBO Documentary Films, Home Box Office, Loveless.  Screenplay by Jacob Bernstein.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Carly Hugo, Matthew Parker.  Music by Joel Goodman.  Film Editing by Bob Eisenhardt.   Nora Ephron died in 2012 at the age of 71 of leukemia, and the shocking news of her death was…

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Fading Gigolo (2013)

JOHN TURTURRO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2013.  Antidote Films, Covert Media.  Screenplay by John Turturro.  Cinematography by Marco Pontecorvo.  Produced by Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte.  Production Design by Lester Cohen.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Simona Paggi.  Packing up the last inventory while closing his book store, impending retiree Woody Allen tells friend and sometimes assistant John…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany, 2014.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, American Empirical Pictures, TSG Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions.  Story by Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness, Screenplay by Wes Anderson, inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by…

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Ghost World (2001)

TERRY ZWIGOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2001.  United Artists, Granada Film Productions, Jersey Shore, Mr. Mudd, Advanced Medien, Capitol Films.  Screenplay by Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book by Daniel Clowes.  Cinematography by Affonso Beato.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Edward T. McAvoy.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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The Monuments Men (2014)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2014.  Columbia Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Smokehouse Pictures, Obelisk Productions, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter. Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing…

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The Mexican (2001)

GORE VERBINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2001.  DreamWorks, Newmarket Capital Group, Lawrence Bender Productions, Pistolero Productions LLC.  Screenplay by J.H. Wyman.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by John Baldecchi, Lawrence Bender.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Cecilia Montiel.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Craig Wood. Odd but often entertaining comedy that features humorous performances from its…

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Clockwatchers (1997)

JILL SPRECHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1997.  Goldcrest Films International, John Flock Productions.  Screenplay by Jill Sprecher, Karen Sprecher.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Gina Resnick.  Music by Mader.  Production Design by Pamela Marcotte.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrone.   Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach and Toni Collette all give strong performances as four temps working mundane…

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For Love Or Money (1993)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1993.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Rosenthal, Lawrence Konner.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood. Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Jim Miller.  Michael J. Fox is irresistible as a world-class hotel concierge who does all manner of favours for the wealthy…

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Three To Tango (1999)

DAMON SANTOSTEFANO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia/USA, 1999.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Hoyts Distribution, Outlaw Productions.  Story by Rodney Patrick Vaccaro, Screenplay by Rodney Patrick Vaccaro, Aline Brosh McKenna.  Cinematography by Walt Lloyd.  Produced by Jeffrey Silver, Bettina Sofia Viviano.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by David Nichols.  Costume Design by Vicki Graef.  Film Editing by Stephen Semel.   Matthew Perry and Oliver Platt play…

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