Ben Is Back (2018)

PETER HEDGES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 2018.  Black Bear Pictures, 30West, Color Force.  Screenplay by Peter Hedges.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Peter Hedges, Nina Jacobson, Teddy Schwarzman, Brad Simpson.  Music by Dickon Hinchliffe.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Ian Blume.  Julia Roberts is preparing for Christmas Eve with husband (Courtney…

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Private Life (2018)

TAMARA JENKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 2018.  Likely Story, Netflix.  Screenplay by Tamara Jenkins.  Cinematography by Christos Voudouris.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman, Tamara Jenkins.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Leah Katznelson.  Film Editing by Brian A. Kates. Tamara Jenkins returns to filmmaking eleven years after her masterful The Savages, directing Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a…

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This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

SHAWN LEVY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2014.  21 Laps Entertainment, Spring Creek Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Jonathan Tropper, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Terry Stacey.  Produced by Shawn Levy, Paula Weinstein.   Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Dean Zimmerman.   Jason Bateman‘s life hits a slew of giant roadblocks in…

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Reservation Road (2007)

TERRY GEORGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2007.  Focus Features, Random House Films, Reservation Road, Miracle Pictures, Nick Wechsler Productions, Volume One.  Screenplay by John Burnham Schwartz, Terry George, based on the novel by John Burnham Schwartz.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by A. Kitman Ho, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Catherine George.  Film Editing…

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Stonewall (1995)

NIGEL FINCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1995.  British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Arena.  Screenplay by Rikki Beadle Blair, based on the novel by Martin Duberman.  Cinematography by Chris Seager.  Produced by Ruth Caleb, Christine Vachon.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Therese DePrez, Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by John Richards.   Shoddy little comedy that creates a…

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Rachel Getting Married (2008)

JONATHAN DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2008.  Armian Pictures, Clinica Estetico, Marc Platt Productions.  Screenplay by Jenny Lumet.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Neda Armian, Jonathan Demme, Marc Platt.  Music by Donald Harrison Jr., Zafer Tawil.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Chryss Hionis.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.   A former fashion model and junkie (Anne Hathaway) is released from…

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Philadelphia (1993)

JONATHAN DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1993.  TriStar Pictures, Clinica Estetico.  Screenplay by Ron Nyswaner.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Jonathan Demme, Edward Saxon.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Craig McKay.   A big-budget Hollywood film finally tackles the issue of AIDS for the first time; brave, yes, but it’s…

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Greenberg (2010)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2010.  Scott Rudin Productions, Twins Financing.  Story by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Noah Baumbach, Screenplay by Noah Baumbach. Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Rudin.  Music by James Murphy.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Tim Streeto.   Ben Stiller is released from the hospital after…

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We Own The Night (2007)

JAMES GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2007.  Columbia Pictures, 2929 Productions, Industry Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Gray.  Cinematography by Joaquin Baca-Asay.  Produced by Marc Butan, Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Wojciech Kilar.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by John Axelrad.   Excellent dramatic thriller treads familiar territory but feels fresh in execution….

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