Mother And Child

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Spain, 2009.  Everest Entertainment, Cha Cha Chá Films, Mockingbird Pictures.  Screenplay by Rodrigo Garcia.  Cinematography by Xavier Perez Grobet.  Produced by Lisa Maria Falcone, Julie Lynn.  Music by Ed Shearmur. Production Design by Christopher Tandon.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.  Toronto International Film Festival 2009.  Independent Spirit Awards 2010.   The multi-strand narrative begins…

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Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Universal Pictures, Kennedy Miller Productions.  USA, 1992.  Screenplay by George Miller, Nick Enright.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by Christine Woodruff.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Marcus D’Arcy, Richard Francis-Bruce.  Academy Awards 1992.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.  New York Film Critics Awards 1992.   Nick…

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The Fighting Temptations (2003)

JONATHAN LYNN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2003.  Paramount Pictures, Handprint Entertainment, MTV Films.  Story by Elizabeth Hunter, Screenplay by Elizabeth Hunter, Saladin K. Patterson.  Cinematography by Affonso Beato.  Produced by David Gale, Loretha C. Jones, Benny Medina, Jeff Pollack.  Music by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Big Jim Wright.  Production Design by Victoria Paul.  Costume Design by Mary Jane Fort, Tracey White.  Film Editing…

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When A Man Loves A Woman (1994)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1994.  Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, Al Franken.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Jon Avnet, Jordan Kerner.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Linda M. Bass.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Alcoholism is given the shallow Ross Hunter treatment in this silly soap opera.  Meg Ryan is happily…

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Losing Isaiah

BB.5 (out of 5) Somehow these made-for-television movies make it to the big screen. Jessica Lange plays a hospital staffer who takes a baby home after she finds it abandoned in a trash bin. After raising it for a few years, she is requested to give it back to its birth mother (Halle Berry), a former…

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Sleepless In Seattle

BBBB.5 (out of 5) You could hardly do better in the romantic comedy department than this wonderfully original and witty film. Meg Ryan hears a recently widowed man (Tom Hanks) talking to a late night radio talk show host about the loss of his wife and his subsequent loneliness. Obsessed with this story that has touched…

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Malcolm X (1992)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Japan, 1992.  Largo International N.V., JVC Entertainment Networks, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee, Ahmed Murad, Marvin Worth.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume…

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Lone Star (1996)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Castle Rock Entertainment, Rio Dulce.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by R. Paul Miller, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Academy Awards 1996.  Golden Globe Awards 1996.  Independent Spirit Awards 1996.  National Board of…

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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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