A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (2019)

MARIELLE HELLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  China/USA, 2019.  Big Beach Films, Tencent Pictures, TriStar Pictures.  Screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster.  Cinematography by Jody Lee Lipes.  Produced by Youree Henley, Leah Holzer, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub.  Music by Nate Heller.  Production Design by Jade Healy.  Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by…

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Manchester By The Sea (2016)

KENNETH LONERGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2016.  Amazon Studios, K Period Media, Pearl Street Films, The Media Farm, The Affleck/Middleton Project, B Story, Big Indie Pictures, CMP, OddLot Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kenneth Lonergan.  Cinematography by Jody Lee Lipes.  Produced by Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh.  Music by  Lesley Barber.  Production Design by…

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Trainwreck (2015)

JUDD APATOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2015.  Universal Pictures, Apatow Productions, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Amy Schumer.  Cinematography by Jody Lee Lipes.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Jessica Albertson, Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by William Kerr, Peck Prior, Paul Zucker.  Golden Globe Awards 2015.  Las Vegas Film…

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Tiny Furniture

BBBB (out of 5) Lena Dunham preceded her successful television series Girls with this surprisingly assured and appealing feature film, set among the Generation What Next in New York City.  Dunham plays a recently graduated college student who moves back in with her successful photographer mother (Laurie Simmons, actually Dunham’s mother) and sister (Grace Dunham, ditto)…

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Riveting, exceptional melodrama about a young woman surviving the effects of a cult-like commune in upstate New York. Elizabeth Olsen gives a superb performance as a young woman who runs away from her extended family and takes refuge with her bewildered sister (Sarah Paulson) to whom she hasn’t spoken in years. Staying…

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