Call Me By Your Name (2017)

LUCA GUADAGNINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   Italy/France/Brazil/USA, 2017.  Frenesy Film Company, La Cinéfacture, RT Features, Water’s End Productions, M.Y.R.A. Entertainment, Ministero per I Beni e le Attivita Culturali, Lombardia Film Commission.  Screenplay by James Ivory, based on the novel by André Aciman.  Cinematography by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom. Produced by Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, James Ivory, Marco Morabito, Howard Rosenman,…

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Father Of The Bride (1991)

CHARLES SHYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1991.  Touchstone Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1, Sandollar Productions.  Screenplay by Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, based on a screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Carol Baum, Nancy Meyers, Howard Rosenman.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Sandy Veneziano.  Costume Design by Susan Becker.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.   Remake of…

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Shining Through (1992)

DAVID SELTZER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 1992.  Twentieth Century Fox, Sandollar Productions, Peter V. Miller Investment Corp..  Screenplay by David Seltzer, based on the novel by Susan Isaacs.  Cinematography by Jan de Bont.  Produced by Carol Baum, Howard Rosenman.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Anthony Pratt.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing by Craig McKay.   This war drama provides…

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Vito (2011)

JEFFREY SCHWARZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2011.  Automat Pictures, Making it Big. Cinematography by David Quantic.  Produced by Jeffrey Schwarz.  Music by Miriam Cutler.  Film Editing by Philip Harrison.  Dorian Awards 2011.   Sixteen years after the excellent documentary The Celluloid Closet, based on the book by Vito Russo, comes this superb documentary about the life of the…

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Sparkle (1976)

SAM O’STEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1976.  Robert Stigwood Organization, Warner Bros..  Story by Howard Rosenman, Screenplay by Joel Schumacher.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Howard Rosenman.  Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Peter Wooley.  Costume Design by Daniel Paredes.  Film Editing by Gordon Scott.   There’s an honest and unassuming quality about this tale of family and ambition that overrides its…

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Noel (2004)

CHAZZ PALMINTERI Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA/Canada, 2004.  The Convex Group, Neverland Films, Code Entertainment, Red Rose Productions LLC.  Screenplay by David Hubbard.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by Al Corley, Eugene Musso, Bart Rosenblatt, Howard Rosenman.  Music by Alan Menken.  Production Design by Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Toronto International Film Festival 2004.   Chazz Palminteri…

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Breakfast With Scot (2007)

LAURIE LYND Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  Canada, 2007.  Scot Pictures.  Screenplay by Sean Reycraft, based on the novel by Michael Downing.  Cinematography by David A. Makin.  Produced by Paul Brown, Howard Rosenman.  Music by Robert Carli.  Production Design by Tamara Deverell.  Costume Design by Randi Littlefair, Alex Reda.  Film Editing by Susan Shipton.  Toronto International Film Festival 2007.   Former NHL hockey player Tom…

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Resurrection (1980)

DANIEL PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by  Lewis John Carlino.  Cinematography by Mario Tosi.  Produced by Renee Missel, Howard Rosenman.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Margo Baxley, Lorry Richter.  Film Editing by Rita Roland.   Following a near-death experience in a car accident, one which claims the life of her husband, Ellen…

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A Stranger Among Us (1992)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1992.  Hollywood Pictures, ISIS, Mansfield Pictures, Propaganda Films, Sandollar.  Screenplay by Robert J. Avrech.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Steve Golin, Howard Rosenman, Sigurjon Sighvatsson.  Music by Jerry Bock.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Gary Jones, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   Melanie Griffith plays a hard-edged cop who goes undercover in…

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Milk (2008)

GUS VAN SANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2008.  Focus Features, Axon Films, Groundswell Productions, Jinks/Cohen Company, Cinema Vehicle Services.  Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Elliot Graham.  Academy Awards 2008.  American Film Institute 2008.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2008. …

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Sparkle (2012)

BBB (out of 5) Unmemorable remake of the 1976 Irene Cara vehicle whose ambition to be the next Dreamgirls is obvious, and only makes it that much more forgettable. Making her feature film debut, American Idol songstress Jordin Sparks does a more than decent job in the title role of a girl whose desire to write…

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