The Guardian Brothers (2016)

GARY WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   Original title:  Xiao men shen China, 2016.  Light Chaser Animation Studios.  Screenplay by Dan Edelstein, Terrence Stone, Gary Wang.  Produced by Zhou Yu.  Music by Nathan Wang.  Film Editing by Ji Zhao. A modern world no longer interested in the spiritual beliefs of its ancestors has relegated guardian spirits to a realm in which…

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‘Til There Was You (1997)

SCOTT WINANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Lakeshore Entertainment, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Winnie Holzman.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Penney Finkelman Cox, Alan Poul, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by Terence Blanchard, Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Craig Stearns.  Costume Design by Enid Harris, Rita Salazar.  Film Editing by Joanna Cappuccilli Lovetti, Richard Marks.   Soulmates Jeanne Tripplehorn and Dylan McDermott are perfect for each other,…

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Robots (2005)

CARLOS SALDANHA, CHRIS WEDGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Twentieth Century Fox Animation, Blue Sky Studios.  Story by Ron Mita, Jim McClain, David Lindsay-Abaire, Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel.  Produced by Jerry Davis, John C. Donkin, William Joyce, Lorne Orleans.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by William Joyce.  Film Editing by John Carnochan. In a…

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Akira (1988)

KATSUHIRO OTOMO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Japan, 1988.  Akira Committee Company Ltd., Akira Studio, TMS Entertainment, Kôdansha, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Bandai, Hakuhodo, Toho Company, LaserDisc, Sumitomo Corporation.  Screenplay by Katsuhiro Ohtomo, Izo Hashimoto, based on the graphic novel by Katsuhiro Ohtomo.  Cinematography by Katsuji Misawa.  Produced by Shunzo Kato, Yutaka Maseba, Ryôhei Suzuki, Hiroe Tsukamoto.  Music by Shôji Yamashiro.  Production…

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Bee Season (2005)

SCOTT McGEHEE, DAVID SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2005.  Bee Season Productions Inc., Fox Searchlight Pictures, Bona Fide Productions, i5 Films, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Fox Searchlab, Major Studio Partners, Merkel Verwaltungsgesellschaft Filmproduktions, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Naomi Foner, based on the novel by Myla Goldberg.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens.  Produced by Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Peter…

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Friends And Family

BB (out of 5) A hilarious plot is wasted on a hackneyed screenplay and lazy direction. Committed boyfriends Steven and Danny are terrified when Danny’s parents announce that they are coming to New York to visit them and stay at their apartment. The problem isn’t that Steven and Danny are gay, since Danny’s parents already…

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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1995.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1995.  Golden Globe Awards 1995.  National Board of Review Awards 1995.   New York Film Critics Awards 1995.    Toronto International Film Festival 1995.   Woody…

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