The Irishman (2019)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 2019.  Fábrica de Cine, STX Entertainment, Sikelia Productions, Tribeca Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Charles Brandt.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Troy Allen, Gerald Chamales, Robert De Niro, Randall Emmett, Gaston Pavlovich, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Irwin…

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American Animals (2018)

BART LAYTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Film4, New Amsterdam Film Company, RAW.  Screenplay by Bart Layton.  Cinematography by Ole Bratt Birkeland.  Produced by Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger, Mary Jane Skalski.  Music by Anne Nikitin.  Production Design by Scott Dougan.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing by Nick Fenton, Chris Gill, Julian Hart.  Independent Spirit…

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Charlotte’s Web (2006)

GARY WINICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2006.  Paramount Pictures, Walden Media, Kerner Entertainment Company, Nickelodeon Movies, Film Victoria, KMP Film Invest, Sandman Studios.  Story by Earl Hamner Jr., Screenplay by Susannah Grant, Karey Kirkpatrick, based on the book by E.B. White.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Jordan Kerner.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Rita…

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Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle (1994)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Fine Line Features, Mayfair Entertainment, Miramax, Odyssey Entertainment, Park Bench Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph, Randy Sue Coburn.  Cinematography by Jan Kiesser.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Francois Seguin.  Costume Design by Renee April, John Hay.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.  Academy Awards 1994.  Cannes Film Festival 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.  Independent…

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Sweet Dreams (1985)

KAREL REISZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1985.  Home Box Office, Silver Screen Partners.  Screenplay by Robert Getchell.  Cinematography by Robbie Greenberg.  Produced by Bernard Schwartz.  Music by Charles Gross.  Production Design by Albert Brenner. Costume Design by Ann Roth.   Film Editing by Malcolm Cooke.    Academy Awards 1985.   This is a wonderful, captivating film biography of the greatest country singer…

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Unfaithful (2002)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany/France, 2002.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Unfaithful Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, William Broyles Jr., based on the film La Femme Infidele by Claude Chabrol.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by G. Mac Brown, Adrian Lyne.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Brian Morris,…

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The Taking Of Pelham 123

BBBB (out of 5) Tony Scott remakes Robert Aldrich’s 1974 thriller with Denzel Washington and John Travolta filling in for Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, and somehow the hack director who always over-edits and over-photographs his movies manages to not screw it up. Washington plays a desk jockey for New York’s subway traffic control who has…

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The Smurfs

BB.5 (out of 5) Peyo’s comic strip creations, which hit the pop culture mill when they became a Saturday morning cartoon in the eighties, have finally made their way to the big screen via modern technology which mixes their cute, computer-generated selves with live-action performers and settings. On the run from the evil Gargamel (Hank…

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Who’s That Girl (1987)

JAMES FOLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA, 1987.  The Guber-Peters Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Andrew Smith, Screenplay by Andrew Smith, Ken Finkleman.  Cinematography by Jan de Bont.  Produced by Rosilyn Heller, Bernard Williams.  Music by Stephen Bray.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Pembroke J. Herring.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Madonna‘s surprisingly good comedic…

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The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1988.  Universal Pictures, Cineplex Odeon Films.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Barbara De Fina.  Music by Peter Gabriel.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Jean-Pierre Delifer.  Film Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.  The Criterion Collection.  Academy Awards 1988.  Golden Globe Awards 1988.  National Board…

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One Magic Christmas

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sweet, family-friendly fantasy about an angel (Harry Dean Stanton) who comes down to earth to teach an overworked, working-class mother (Mary Steenburgen) the meaning of Christmas. Worried about not being able to buy enough presents for everyone and keep house and home together through the holidays, Steenburgen has forgotten that Christmas…

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Striptease

ANDREW BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Lobell/Bergman Productions.  Screenplay by Andrew Bergman, based on the book by Carl Hiaasen.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Andrew Bergman, Mike Lobell.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   Demi Moore took an unfair beating for this…

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