Bye Bye Braverman (1968)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1968.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Herbert Sargent, based on the novel To An Early Grave by Wallace Markfield.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.   Produced by Sidney Lumet.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Ben Kasazkow.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.  George Segal is fighting with…

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The Boys In the Band (1970)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1970.  Cinema Center Films, Leo Films.  Screenplay by Mart Crowley, based on his play.  Cinematography by Arthur J. Ornitz.  Produced by Mart Crowley.  Production Design by John Robert Lloyd.  Costume Design by W. Robert La Vine.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg, Carl Lerner.  Golden Globe Awards 1970.   Mart Crowley’s hit stage play reaches…

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Bringing Down The House (2003)

ADAM SHANKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2003.  Touchstone Pictures, Hyde Park Films.  Screenplay by Jason Filardi.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by Ashok Amritraj, David Hoberman.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Linda DeScenna.  Costume Design by Pamela Withers.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.   This intellectually inferior Disney comedy is nothing but two hours of missed opportunities. Steve…

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For The Boys (1991)

MARK RYDELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  All Girl Productions.  Story by Neal Jimenez, Lindy Laub, Screenplay by Marshall Brickman, Neal Jimenez, Lindy Laub.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Bonnie Bruckheimer, Bette Midler, Margaret South.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Assheton Gorton.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg, Jere Huggins.  Academy Awards 1991.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Duets (2000)

BRUCE PALTROW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Hollywood Pictures, Seven Arts Pictures, Beacon Communications, Karaoke Productions.  Screenplay by John Byrum.  Cinematography by Paul Sarossy.  Produced by John Byrum, Kevin Jones, Bruce Paltrow.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Sharon Seymour.  Costume Design by Mary Claire Hannan.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   Looking for a good musical?…

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Awakenings (1990)

PENNY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Parkes/Lasker productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Oliver Sacks. Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Anton Furst.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by Battle Davis, Gerald B. Greenberg.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Trapped (2002)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Senator Film Produktion, The Canton Company, Mandolin Entertainment, Propaganda Films, 24 Hours Productions.  Screenplay by Greg Iles, based on his novel 24 Hours.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes, Piotr Sobocinski.  Produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin, Luis Mandoki.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film…

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Angel Eyes (2001)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Franchise Pictures, Epsilon Motion Pictures, The Canton Company, Angel Eyes Productions, AE Two Film Productions, Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego.  Cinematography by Piotr Sobocinski.  Produced by Bruce Berman, Mark Canton, Elie Samaha.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.  …

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School Ties (1992)

ROBERT MANDEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1992.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Dick Wolf, Screenplay by Dick Wolf, Darryl Ponicsan.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Stanley R. Jaffe, Sherry Lansing.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas, Gerald B. Greenberg.   In this hybrid of Gentleman’s Agreement and Beverly…

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Get Carter

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sylvester Stallone‘s near-comeback was thwarted by the poor box office reception of this interesting little drama. It’s a shame, because while it offers no imaginative visual effects or high-octane action scenes, it does have a strong screenplay and terrific acting from the entire cast. Stallone plays a gangster who shows up…

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American History X

BBBB (out of 5) Powerful film tackles racism in America without flinching for a second. Edward Norton plays a young man being released from prison after having murdered two men while being involved in a white supremacist group. Now that he is coming home, his family implores him to help save his younger brother (Edward Furlong)…

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The Accused (1988)

JONATHAN KAPLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Canada, 1988.  Paramount Pictures, Jaffe-Lansing, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Tom Topor.  Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Richard Wilcox.  Costume Design by Trish Keating.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown, Gerald B. Greenberg.  Academy Awards 1988.  Golden Globe Awards 1988.  National Board of Review Awards 1988.   New…

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