Five Corners (1987)

TONY BILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1987. Cineplex Odeon Films, HandMade Films. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Tony Bill, Forrest Murray. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Adrianne Lobel. Costume Design by Peggy Farrell. Film Editing by Andy Blumenthal. John Patrick Shanley pays…

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2014.  Marvel Enterprises, Avi Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures, Matt Tolmach Productions.  Screen story by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, James Vanderbilt, Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Dan Mindel.   Produced…

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The Impostors (1998)

STANLEY TUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  First Cold Piece, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Tucci.  Cinematography by Ken Kelsch.  Produced by Elizabeth W. Alexander, Stanley Tucci.  Music by Gary DeMichele.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Juliet Polcsa.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.   Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that is short on substance…

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Story by James Vanderbilt, Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Avi Arad, Matthew Tolmach, Laura Ziskin.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design…

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The Secret Lives Of Dentists (2002)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Holedigger Films, Ready Made Film.  Screenplay by Craig Lucas, based on the novel The Age Of Grief by Jane Smiley.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Campbell Scott, George VanBuskirk.  Music by Gary DeMichele.  Production Design by Ted Glass.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film Editing by Andy Keir.   Campbell Scott and Hope Davis are great…

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Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle (1994)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Fine Line Features, Mayfair Entertainment, Miramax, Odyssey Entertainment, Park Bench Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph, Randy Sue Coburn.  Cinematography by Jan Kiesser.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Francois Seguin.  Costume Design by Renee April, John Hay.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.   Alan Rudolph, the mini-Robert Altman, comes up with…

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The Daytrippers (1996)

GREG MOTTOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada/USA, 1996.  Alliance Communications Corporation, Cinépix Film Properties, Fiasco Photoplays, Trick Productions.  Screenplay by Greg Mottola.  Cinematography by John Inwood.  Produced by Steven Soderbergh, Nancy Tenenbaum.  Music by Richard Martinez.  Production Design by Bonnie J. Brinkley.  Costume Design by Barbara Presar.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Droll New York comedy about…

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Saint Ralph (2004)

MICHAEL McGOWAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada, 2004.  Alliance Atlantis Communications, Amaze Film + Television, Running Miracles Productions.  Screenplay by Michael McGowan. Cinematography by Rene Ohashi.  Produced by Teza Lawrence, Andrea Mann, Seaton McLean, Michael Souther.  Music by Andrew Lockington.  Production Design by Matthew Davies.  Costume Design by Anne Dixon.  Film Editing by Susan Maggi.  Toronto International Film Festival 2004.   Adorable tale…

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Music And Lyrics (2007)

MARC LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2007.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Reserve Room, Flower Films.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence.  Cinematography by Xavier Perez Grobet.  Produced by Liz Glotzer, Martin Shafer.  Music by Adam Schlesinger.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse. Marc Lawrence has made a fictional romantic-comedy that explores…

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Roger Dodger (2002)

DYLAN KIDD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2002.  Holedigger Films, Roger Dodger LLC.  Screenplay by Dylan Kidd.  Cinematography by Joaquin Baca-Asay.  Produced by Anne Chaisson, Dylan Kidd, George VanBuskirk.  Music by Craig Wedren.  Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film Editing by Andy Keir.   Campbell Scott plays a heartless business executive who gets a bit of a surprise when his teen…

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No End In Sight

BBBB (out of 5) The invasion of Iraq in May of 2003 and the chaos that followed are examined in this hellishly fascinating documentary. Charles Ferguson interviews government officials and soldiers as they talk about the errant policies and irresponsible decisions made by weak, uninformed leadership that eventually lead to Baghdad going from an oppressed…

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Dead Again (1991)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Paramount Pictures, Mirage Enterprises.  USA, 1991.  Screenplay by Scott Frank.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by Lindsay Doran, Charles H. Maguire.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Tim Harvey.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger.   A Los Angeles police detective (Kenneth Branagh) comes across a terrorized mute woman (Emma…

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