Sounder (1972)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1972.  Radnitz/Mattel Productions, Rainbow Group.  Screenplay by Lonne Elder III, based on the novel by William H. Armstrong.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Robert B. Radnitz.  Music by Taj Mahal.  Production Design by Walter Scott Herndon.  Costume Design by Nedra Rosemond-Watt.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.  Academy Awards 1972.  Golden Globe Awards 1972.   A poor family…

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The Blue Bird (1976)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Soviet Union, 1976.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Lenfilm Studio, Edward Lewis Productions, Sovinfilm, Tower International. Screenplay by Hugh Whitemore, Alfred Hayes, Aleksei Kapler, based on the play by Maurice Maeterlinck.  Cinematography by Jonas Gricius, Freddie Young.  Produced by Paul Maslansky, Harry N. Blum, Robert H. Greenberg.  Music by Irwin Kostal.  Production Design…

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The Help (2011)

TATE TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/India/United Arab Emirates, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, 1492 Pictures, Harbinger Pictures.  Screenplay by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing…

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The Concorde…Airport ’79 (1979)

DAVID LOWELL RICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1979.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Jennings Lang, Screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the novel Airport by Arthur Hailey.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Jennings Lang.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   This film was laughed off the…

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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (1968)

ROBERT ELLIS MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1968.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Thomas C. Ryan, based on the novel by Carson McCullers.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Marc Merson, Thomas C. Ryan.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by LeRoy Deane.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe Awards 1968.   Moving film…

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Diary Of A Mad Black Woman

B (out of 5) Tyler Perry adapts one of his incredibly successful plays to the big screen with terrible results. Kimberly Elise does her best but cannot give anything genuine to this bombastic tale of heartbreak and revenge, as a woman married to wealthy Steve Harris who thinks her life is in perfect order. One day, husband…

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The Comedians

BB (out of 5) Peter Glenville followed his brilliant Becket with this terrible adaptation of Grahame Greene’s novel. It stars Richard Burton as a hotel owner in Haiti who gets involved with the political turbulence under “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s terrifying military regime on the island. Elizabeth Taylor stars as the wife of a European ambassador (Peter Ustinov)…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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