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, Fredric … More A New Leaf (1971)

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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.  Academy Awards 1972.  Golden Globe Awards 1972.   Without a doubt one of the funniest movies ever made. Charles Grodin is … More The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

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Down To Earth

BB (out of 5) For some reason, Chris Rock hasn’t been able to transfer his terrific comedy style to the big screen with satisfying results. This terrible remake of the Warren Beatty film Heaven Can Wait (which itself was remade from 1941’s Here Comes Mr. Jordan) is a perfect case in point, a clumsy and awkward romantic … More Down To Earth

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Ishtar

B (out of 5) Those expecting this movie to have unfairly garnered its reputation should be warned: it truly is as bad as you’ve heard, if not worse. Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty play broke, desperate songwriters who accept a gig in Morocco because they need the cash. On the way there a chance encounter with a … More Ishtar

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Mikey and Nicky

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 … More Mikey and Nicky

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California Suite

BBB (out of 5) A collection of Neil Simon characters are gathered into one hotel for a multihued look at life in the world of Beverly Hills wealth. Jane Fonda has come from to New York to meet with her ex-husband (Alan Alda), Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and their wives have to share a room thanks … More California Suite

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Primary Colors

BBBBB (out of 5) Based on the tell-all book by “Anonymous” (actually Joe Klein), Elaine May’s excellent script fictionalizes the Clintons’ primary race towards the Oval Office. Presidential candidate Jack Stanton (John Travolta) is a womanizing manipulator who is still capable of being a great leader and worthy of admiration no matter what his personal … More Primary Colors

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