Smooth Talk (1985)

JOYCE CHOPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/USA, 1985. American Playhouse, Goldcrest Films International, Nepenthe Productions, Palmyra Films. Screenplay by Tom Cole, based on the story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates. Cinematography by James Glennon. Produced by Martin Rosen. Music by Russ Kunkel, George Massenburg, Bill…

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Tin Cup (1996)

RON SHELTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Norville, Ron Shelton.  Cinematography by Russell Boyd.  Produced by Gary Foster, David V. Lester.  Music by William Ross.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Kimberly Ray, Paul Seydor.  Golden Globe Awards 1996.  New York Film Critics Awards 1996.   A burnt-out…

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The Break-Up (2006)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Mosaic Media Group, Wild West Picture Show Productions.  Story by Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender, Screenplay by Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender.  Cinematography by Eric Alan Edwards. Produced by Scott Stuber, Vince Vaughn.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Andrew Laws.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Dan…

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The Favor (1994)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Nelson Entertainment.  Screenplay by Sara Parriott, Josann McGibbon.  Cinematography by Tim Suhrstedt.  Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner.    Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by David Chapman.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Harry Keramidas.   A married woman (Harley Jane Kozak) asks her best friend (Elizabeth McGovern) to sleep with her…

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Ethan Frome (1993)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1993.  American Playhouse, British Broadcasting Corporation, Richard Price.  Screenplay by Richard Nelson, based on the novel by Edith Wharton.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Stan Wlodkowski.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Katherine Wenning. If you could handle the depression of The…

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Georgia (1995)

ULU GROSBARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/France, 1995.  CiBy 2000, Miramax.  Screenplay by Barbara Turner.  Cinematography by Jan Kiesser.  Produced by Ulu Grosbard, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barbara Turner.  Production Design by Lester Cohen.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Elizabeth Kling.   Jennifer Jason Leigh stars in this grungy drama that tries to be so moving and important but is…

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Staying Together

LEE GRANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   Enjoyable family drama directed by Oscar-winner Lee Grant has strong characters and an unsentimental but emotional story that overcomes its deja vu qualities. Three brothers experience instant coming-of-age when their restaurant-owning father announces that he has sold his establishment as he is sick and tired of it….

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Molly (1999)

JOHN DUIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Absolute Entertainment, Cockamamie, Heckerling-Caplan, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dick Christie.  Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain.  Produced by William J. MacDonald.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Sharon Seymour.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.   Elisabeth Shue‘s touching performance is the best reason to watch this average melodrama about a brother coming to grips with…

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Murder By Numbers (2002)

BARBET SCHROEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Warner Bros., Castle Rock Entertainment, Schroeder Hoffman Productions.  Screenplay by Tony Gayton.  Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli.  Produced by Richard Crystal, Susan Hoffman, Barbet Schroeder.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Lee Percy.   Two high-school students, one rich and popular (Ryan Gosling), the other a…

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The Ice Storm (1997)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1997.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Good Machine, Canal+ Droits Audiovisuels.  Screenplay by James Schamus, based on the novel by Rick Moody.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Ted Hope, Ang Lee, James Schamus.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Cannes Film Festival 1997.  Golden Globe…

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