I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2011.  The Weinstein Company.  Screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the novel by Allison Pearson.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Donna Gigliotti.  Music by Aaron Zigman.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Camilla Toniolo.   Sarah Jessica Parker is a successful trader at a financial investment firm who … More I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)

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Cafe Society (2016)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2016.  FilmNation Entertainment, Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter. Woody Allen reaches a career low with this tired and charmless period piece. Jesse Eisenberg heads out to Los Angeles … More Cafe Society (2016)

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Quiz Show

BBBBB (out of 5) Robert Redford directs this awe-inspiring examination of the more “innocent” days of television.  When it is revealed that a popular quiz show has been rigging its contestants with answers in order to control the outcome of the games, a nationwide court case falls upon its star player (Ralph Fiennes) who will … More Quiz Show

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The Daytrippers

BBBB (out of 5) Droll New York comedy about happy housewife Hope Davis, who sees husband Stanley Tucci off to work one morning and accidentally finds a love letter that he leaves behind, written to him by a person she does not know. Deciding to find out who it is that’s writing affectionate odes to her … More The Daytrippers

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Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2002.  United Artists Film Corporation, Hart-Sharp Entertainment, Potboiler Productions.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams, John Hart, Jeffrey Sharp.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.  Golden Globe Awards 2002.   … More Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

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Infamous (2006)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2006.  Warner Independent Pictures, Killer Films.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the book Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career by George Plimpton.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Jocelyn Hayes, Christine Vachon, Anne Walker-McBay.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by … More Infamous (2006)

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Emma (1996)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1996.  Haft Entertainment.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Ian Wilson.  Produced by Patrick Cassavetti, Steven Haft.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Michael Howells.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.  Academy Awards 1996.   Excellent adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel has a superior performance by … More Emma (1996)

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