A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

SCOTT FRANK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  1984 Private Defense Contractors, Cross Creek Pictures, Da Vinci Media Ventures, Double Feature Films, Exclusive Media Group, Jersey Films, Manu Propria Entertainment, Traveling Picture Show Company.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Lawrence Block.  Cinematography by Mihai Malaimare Jr..  Produced by Tobin Armbrust, Danny DeVito, Brian Oliver, Michael Shamberg, Stacey…

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Reality Bites (1994)

BEN STILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  Jersey Films, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Helen Childress.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg.  Production Design by Sharon Seymour.   Costume Design by Eugenie Bafaloukos.  Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin, John Spence.  Gen X-ers graduate from college and are unable to find themselves a place in the…

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Get Shorty (1995)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1995.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by John Lurie.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Ted Woerner.  Golden Globe Awards 1995.  New York…

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Freedom Writers (2007)

RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Germany/USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Double Feature Films, MTV Films, Jersey Films, Kernos Filmproduktionsgesellschaft & Company.  Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing To Change Themselves And The World Around Them by Erin Gruwell, and the Freedom…

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Living Out Loud (1998)

RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Jersey Films, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Jon Gregory, Lynzee Klingman.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998. Powerful film inspired by Chekhov stories from…

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Camp

BB.5 (out of 5) The hilarious adventures of teenagers at a musical camp are the subject of this enjoyable film, one which will have limited appeal only to those who like musicals. The kids are an assortment of unhappy misfits who have found the one place in the world where they really fit in. Gay…

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Be Cool (2005)

F. GARY GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2005.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Jersey Films, Double Feature Films, Nina Saxon Film Design.  Screenplay by Peter Steinfeld, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball.  Produced by Danny DeVito, David Nicksay, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges, Betsy Heimann.  Film…

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Man On The Moon (1999)

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/Germany/Japan/USA, 1999.  Universal Pictures, Mutual Film Company, Jersey Films, Cinehaus, Shapiro/West Productions, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, British Broadcasting Corporation, Marubeni, Toho-Towa.  Screenplay by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski.  Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by R.E.M..  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film…

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How High

B (out of 5) Maybe if this ridiculous reefer comedy weren’t so boring it would score higher points. Rap music stars Redman and Method Man are excellent as two marijuana enthusiasts who get in to Harvard University (thanks to some supernatural assistance, the lamest subplot in the film) and proceed to turn the straight-laced, whitey-tighty campus…

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Death To Smoochy (2002)

DANNY DEVITO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2002.  Warner Bros., FilmFour, Senator Film Produktion, Mad Chance, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Adam Resnick. Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos.  Produced by Andrew Lazar, Peter Macgregor-Scott.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Jon Poll.   It’s hard to imagine movies sinking lower…

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Matilda (1996)

DANNY DEVITO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  TriStar Pictures, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Nicholas Kazan, Robin Swicord, based on the book by Roald Dahl.  Cinematography by Stefan Czapsky.  Produced by Liccy Dahl, Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Bill Brzeski.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Lynzee Klingman, Brent White.  Hilarious comedy…

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Hoffa (1992)

DANNY DEVITO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France/USA, 1992.  Twentieth Century Fox, Jersey Films. Screenplay by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.  Produced by Caldecot Chubb, Danny DeVito, Edward R. Pressman.  Music by David Newman. Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Lynzee Klingman, Ronald Roose.  Academy Awards 1992.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.   The sordid…

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