A New Leaf (1971)

ELAINE MAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1971.  Aries Productions, Elkins Entertainment, Elkins Productions International Corporation.  Screenplay by Elaine May, based on the story The Green Heart by Jack Ritchie.  Cinematography by Gayne Rescher.  Produced by Hillard Elkins, Howard W. Koch, Joseph Manduke.  Production Design by Warren Clymer, Richard Fried.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Don Guidice,…

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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

ELAINE MAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1972.  Palomar Pictures.  Story by Bruce Jay Friedman, Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Edgar J. Scherick.  Music by Garry Sherman.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by John Carter.   Without a doubt one of the funniest movies ever made. Charles Grodin is magnificent as…

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Down To Earth (2001)

CHRIS WEITZ, PAUL WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Australia/Germany/Canada, 2001.  3 Arts Entertainment, Alphaville Films, CHS Productions, Made To Love Productions, Munich Film Partners & Company GHS Productions, NPV Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures.  Screenplay by Chris Rock, Lance Crouther, Ali LeRoi, Louis C.K., based on the screenplay Heaven Can Wait by Warren Beatty, Elaine…

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Ishtar (1987)

ELAINE MAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1987.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi V Productions. Screenplay by Elaine May.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Warren Beatty.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by Richard P. Cirincione, William Reynolds, Stephen A. Rotter.   Those expecting this movie to have unfairly garnered its reputation…

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Mikey and Nicky (1976)

ELAINE MAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Elaine May.  Cinematography by Bernie Abramson, Lucien Ballard, Jack Cooperman, Jerry File, Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Michael Hausman.  Music by John Strauss.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by John Carter, Sheldon Kahn. John Cassavetes is going a little nuts holed up in…

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California Suite (1978)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1978.  Columbia Pictures, Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Claude Bolling.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Michael A. Stevenson.   A collection of Neil Simon characters are gathered into one hotel for a multihued look at life…

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Primary Colors (1998)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom/Germany/USA/Japan, 1998.   Award Entertainment, British Broadcasting Corporation, Icarus Productions, Marubeni, Mutual Film Company, Tele Munchen Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa, UGC PH, Universal Pictures.   Screenplay by Elaine May, based on the novel by Joe Klein.   Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.   Produced by Mike Nichols.   Music by Ry Cooder.   Production Design…

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The Birdcage (1996)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.   United Artists.   Screenplay by Elaine May, based on the screenplay by Francis Veber, Edouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon, Jean Poiret, from the play La Cage Aux Folles by Jean Poiret.   Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.   Produced by Mike Nichols.   Music by Stephen Sondheim.   Production Design by Bo Welch.   Costume…

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Heaven Can Wait (1978)

WARREN BEATTY, BUCK HENRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1978.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Warren Beatty, Elaine May, based on the play by Henry Segall.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Warren Beatty.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones, Don Zimmerman.   Lightweight romantic comedy stars Warren Beatty (who…

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Small Time Crooks (2000)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Sweetland Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Tracey Ullman is magnificent as Woody Allen‘s exasperated wife, who starts a cookie business as a front for her husband’s plans for robbing…

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