Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

JILL SPRECHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Stonelock Pictures, Single Cell Pictures, double A Films, Conversation Productions Inc., Echo Lake Entertainment, Entitled Entertainment.  Screenplay by Karen Sprecher, Jill Sprecher.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Beni Atoori, Gina Resnick.  Music by Alex Wurman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Boston Film Critics…

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Secretary (2002)

STEVEN SHAINBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2002.  Slough Pond, TwoPoundBag Productions, double A Films.  Screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson, adapted by Steven Shainberg, Erin Cressida Wilson from the short story by Mary Gaitskill.  Cinematography by Steven Fierberg.  Produced by Andrew Fierberg, Amy Hobby, Steven Shainberg.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Amy Danger.  Costume Design by Marjorie Bowers.  Film Editing by Pam…

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About A Boy (2002)

CHRIS WEITZ, PAUL WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/France/Germany, 2002.  Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Tribeca Productions, Working Title Films, Cinema Vehicle Services.  Screenplay by Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, based on the novel by Nick Hornby.  Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Robert De Niro, Brad Epstein, Eric Fellner, Jane Rosenthal.  Music by Badly Drawn Boy.  Production Design…

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Adaptation. (2002)

SPIKE JONZE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Beverly Detroit, Clinica Estetico, Good Machine, Intermedia, Magnet Productions, Propaganda Films.  Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman, based on the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.  Cinematography by Lance Acord.  Produced by Jonathan Demme, Vincent Landay, Edward Saxon.   Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by K.K. Barrett.  Costume Design by Casey…

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Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

ALFONSO CUARON Bil’s rating (out of  5):  BBBB.  Mexico, 2001.  Anhelo Producciones, Besame Mucho Pictures, Producciones Anhelo.  Screenplay by Alfonso Cuaron, Carlos Cuaron.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Alfonso Cuaron, Jorge Vergara.  Music by Annette Fradera, Liza Richardson.  Production Design by Marc Bedia, Miguel Ángel Álvarez.  Costume Design by Gabriela Diaque.  Film Editing by Alfonso Cuaron, Alex Rodriguez.  Academy Awards 2002. Boston Film Critics Awards…

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The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys

BBB.5 (out of 5) Original and affecting film about adolescent angst benefits from a biting, sarcastic tone and excellent performances by all the young people depicted. Kieran Culkin and Emile Hirsch are excellent as two pre-teens who find that life in their strict Catholic school just isn’t worth living if they aren’t creating mayhem all the…

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The Kid Stays In The Picture

NANETTE BURSTEIN, BRETT MORGEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Highway Films, Ministry of Propaganda Films, Robert Evans Company, Woodland Pictures LLC.  Screenplay by Brett Morgen, based on the book by Robert Evans.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Nanette Burstein, Graydon Carter, Brett Morgen.  Music by Jeff Danna.  Production Design by Mark Harper.  Film Editing by Jun Diaz.  Boston Film…

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The Pianist (2002)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  France/Poland/Germany/United Kingdom, 2002.  R.P. Productions, Heritage Films, Studio Babelsberg, Runteam, Canal+, StudioCanal, Bac Films, Canal+ Polska, Telewizja Polska, Agencja Produkcji Filmowej, Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderungsanstalt.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the book by Wladyslaw Szpilman.  Cinematography by Pawel Edelman.  Produced by Robert Benmussa, Roman Polanski, Alain Sarde.  Music by Wojciech Kilar.  Production Design by…

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The Hours (2002)

STEPHEN DALDRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2002.  Paramount Pictures, Miramax, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by David Hare, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Robert Fox,Scott Rudin.  Music by Philip Glass.  Production Design by Maria Djurkovic.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Peter Boyle.  Academy Awards 2002.  American Film Institute Awards 2002.   Boston Film Critics…

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Far From Heaven (2002)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA/France, 2002.  Focus Features, Vulcan Productions, Killer Films, John Wells Productions, Section Eight, TF1 International.  Screenplay by Todd Haynes.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Jody Allen, Christine Vachon.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by James Lyons.  Academy Awards 2002.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2002.  Golden Globe…

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