The Boys In The Band (2020)

JOE MANTELLO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA/Canada, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Mart Crowley, Ned Martel, based on the play and the motion picture by Mart Crowley. Cinematography by Bill Pope. Produced by Joe Mantello, Ned Martel, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan Murphy, David Stone. Music by Amanda Krieg Thomas. Production Design by Judy Becker….

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Hustlers (2019)

LORENE SCAFARIA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2019.  Annapurna Pictures, Gloria Sanchez Productions, Nuyorican Productions, STX Films.  Screenplay by Jessica Pressler, Lorene Scafaria.  Cinematography by Todd Banhazl.  Produced by Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, Adam McKay, Benny Medina.  Music by Jason Markey.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by…

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The Big Sick (2017)

MICHAEL SHOWALTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Apatow Productions, FilmNation Entertainment, Story Ink.  USA, 2017.  Screenplay by Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani.  Cinematography by Brian Burgoyne.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Brandon Tonner-Connolly.  Costume Design by Sarah Mae Burton.  Film Editing by Robert Nassau.  Academy Awards 2017.  AFI Awards 2017.   Gotham Awards 2017.  Independent Spirit Awards 2017.  Las…

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Unbroken (2014)

ANGELINA JOLIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 2014.  3 Arts Entertainment, Jolie Pas, Legendary Entertainment.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson, based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Matthew Baer, Angelina Jolie, Erwin Stoff, Clayton Townsend.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing…

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Joe Gould’s Secret (2000)

STANLEY TUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Bohemian Productions, First Cold Press Productions, October Films, Weinstock Productions.  Screenplay by Howard A. Rodman, based on the books Professor Seagull and Joe Gould’s Secret by Joseph Mitchell.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Elizabeth W. Alexander, Stanley Tucci, Charles Weinstock.  Music by Evan Lurie.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Juliet Polcsa.  Film…

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The Impostors (1998)

STANLEY TUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  First Cold Piece, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Tucci.  Cinematography by Ken Kelsch.  Produced by Elizabeth W. Alexander, Stanley Tucci.  Music by Gary DeMichele.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Juliet Polcsa.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that…

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Doubt (2008)

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2008.  Goodspeed Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on his play.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Mark Roybal, Scott Rudin.  Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 2008.  Golden Globe Awards 2008.  National Board of…

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/France, 2013.  CBS Films, StudioCanal, Anton Capital Entertainment, Mike Zoss Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.  Academy Awards 2013.  American…

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Knight And Day (2010)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2010.  Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, Pink Machine, Tree Line Film, Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Patrick O’Neill.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Todd Garner, Cathy Konrad, Steve Pink.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Andrew Menzies.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Quincy Z. Gunderson, Michael McCusker. Cameron Diaz is an…

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The Paper (1994)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Koepp, Stephen Koepp.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Frederick Zollo.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Todd Hallowell.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.  Academy Awards 1994. Michael Keaton is excellent as a tabloid reporter whose one twenty-four hour…

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Bringing Out The Dead (1999)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  De Fina-Cappa, Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Joe Connelly. Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Barbara De Fina, Scott Rudin.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.   Martin Scorsese returns to the harrowing themes of…

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The Yards (1999)

JAMES GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1999.  Miramax, Industry Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Gray, Matt Reeves.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Kerry Orent, Paul Webster, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford.  Film Festivals:  Cannes 2000, TIFF 2000.   James Gray’s career is marked by films that…

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