Camilla (1994)

DEEPA MEHTA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Canada/United Kingdom, 1994.  Miramax, Majestic Films International, Newcomm, Norstar Releasing, Shaftesbury Films, Skreba Films, Téléfilm Canada, Ontario Film Development Corporation, FUND, British Screen Productions, Canadian Film Centre, The CRB Foundation.  Screenplay by Paul Quarrington, based on the story by Ali Jennings.  Cinematography by Guy Dufaux.  Produced by Christina Jennings, Simon Relph.  Music by…

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Used People (1992)

BEEBAN KIDRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 1992.  JVC Entertainment Networks, Largo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Todd Graff, based on his plays The Grandma Plays.  Produced by Peggy Rajski.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by John Tintori.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.   Delightful romantic comedy by Beeban Kidron, about love among the…

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The World According To Garp (1982)

GEORGE ROY HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1982.  Pan Arts, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Steve Tesich, based on the novel by John Irving.  Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by George Roy Hill, Robert Crawford Jr..  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Stephen A. Rotter.  Academy Awards 1982.  National Board of Review Awards 1982.  New…

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Cocoon

BBBB (out of 5) Lovely science-fiction story that also works as a charming family film, providing great roles for some of Hollywood’s veteran actors, including Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon and Don Ameche.  A group of seniors have no idea why the dips they take in the pool next to their old-age home give them such renewed…

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The Birds (1963)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1963.  Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions.  Screenplay by Evan Hunter, based on the story by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.  Academy Awards 1963. Tippi Hedren plays a rich young woman with expensive habits…

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The Bostonians (1984)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1984.  Merchant Ivory Productions, WGBH, Rediffusion, Almi Entertainment Finance Corporation.  Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on the novel by Henry James.  Cinematography by Walter Lassally.  Produced by Ismail Merchant.  Music by Richard Robbins.  Production Design by Leo Austin.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan, John Bright.  Film Editing by Mark Potter Jr., Katherine Wenning.  Academy…

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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

BRUCE BERESFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1989.  The Zanuck Company.  Screenplay by Alfred Uhry, based on his play.  Cinematography by Peter James.  Produced by Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Elizabeth McBride.  Film Editing by Mark Warner.  Academy Awards 1989.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1989.  Golden Globe Awards 1989.  National Board…

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Nobody’s Fool

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Terrific family drama, with Paul Newman as a construction worker who abandoned wife and kids decades earlier when life got too complicated for him. Now he lives blocks away from his family in a rooming house with an old lady (Jessica Tandy) who believes that he still might one day live up to his…

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Still Of The Night

BB.5 (out of 5) Humdrum thriller has Robert Benton trying to do Hitchcock but is only partly successful. Meryl Streep reunites with her Kramer Vs. Kramer director as a femme fatale who crosses paths with a psychologist (Roy Scheider) investigating the murder of one of his patients. Streep is the prime suspect and enlists Scheider’s help…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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