Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

GEORGE C. WOLFE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play by August Wilson. Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler. Produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf. Music by Branford Marsalis. Production Design by Mark Ricker. Costume Design by Ann Roth. Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein. …

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Eve’s Bayou

BBBB (out of 5) Stunning Southern Gothic atmosphere is the backbone of this lush family drama about a young girl (Jurnee Smollett) who grows up believing that she is responsible for the death of her father (Samuel L. Jackson). Director Kasi Lemmons (the actress who played Jodie Foster’s roommate in The Silence of the Lambs)…

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Throw Momma From The Train (1987)

DANNY DEVITO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Stu Silver. Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld.  Produced by Larry Brezner.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Michael Jablow.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   This enjoyable comedy takes Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train and adds humour. Danny DeVito plays…

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School Daze (1988)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1988.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Bill Lee.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee’s passionate touch is all over this enjoyable musical, even…

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