Across 110th Street (1973)

BARRY SHEAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1973. Film Guarantors. Screenplay by Luther Davis, based on the novel Across 110th by Wally Ferris. Cinematography by Jack Priestley. Produced by Fouad Said, Ralph B. Sharpe. Music by J.J. Johnson. Production Design by Perry Watkins. Costume Design by Joseph Fretwell III. Film Editing by Byron…

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Nighthawks (1981)

BRUCE MALMUTH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1981.  Universal Pictures, Martin Poll Productions, The Production Company, Herb Nanas Productions, Layton Productions.  Story by David Shaber, Paul Sylbert, Screenplay by David Shaber.  Cinematography by James A. Contner.  Produced by Martin Poll.  Music by Keith Emerson.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.   Costume Design by Robert De Mora, John Falabella.  Film Editing…

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A Rage In Harlem (1991)

BILL DUKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1991.  Palace Pictures, Miramax.  Screenplay by John Toles-Bey, Bobby Crawford, based on the novel by Chester Himes.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by Kerry Rock, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Elmer Bernstein, Jeff Vincent.  Production Design by Steven Legler.  Costume Design by Nele Samples.  Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton.   A magnificent shoot-out in mid-fifties Mississippi ends with…

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Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Germany/USA/Japan, 1999.  Pandora Filmproduktion, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Degeto Film, Plywood Productions, Bac Films, Canal+, JVC Entertainment Networks.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Richard Guay, Jim Jarmusch.  Music by RZA.  Production Design by Ted Berner.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.   Forest Whitaker is…

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K-PAX (2001)

IAIN SOFTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2001.  IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 2. Produktions KG, Intermedia Films, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Pathé Pictures International.  Screenplay by Charles Leavitt, based on the novel by Gene Brewer.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Robert F. Colesberry, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume…

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With Honours (1994)

ALEK KESHISHIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1994.  Spring Creek Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by William Mastrosimone.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Amy Robinson, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Patrick Leonard.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Michael R. Miller.   College melodrama where students are taught to break the rules by an unorthodox guru….

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Malcolm X (1992)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Japan, 1992.  Largo International N.V., JVC Entertainment Networks, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee, Ahmed Murad, Marvin Worth.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume…

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Isn’t She Great (2000)

ANDREW BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany/Japan, 2000.  British Broadcasting Corporation, Lobell/Bergman Productions, Marubeni, Mel’s Cite du Cinema, Mutual Film Company, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Rudnick, based on the article Wasn’t She Great by Michael Korda.  Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.  Produced by Mike Lobell.  Music by Burt Bacharach.  Production Design by…

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Celebrity (1998)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1998.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse. Woody Allen has made a shallow film about shallow people, but hopefully the parade of famous faces who traverse the screen…

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