Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

OSSIE DAVIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1970. Formosa Productions. Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Ossie Davis, based on the novel by Chester Himes. Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr.. Music by Galt MacDermot. Production Design by Emanuel Gerard. Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone. Film Editing by Robert Q. Lovett….

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The Seventh Sign (1988)

CARL SCHULTZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1988.  TriStar Pictures, Interscope Communications, ML Delphi Premier Productions.  Screenplay by Clifford Green, Ellen Green.  Cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchia.  Produced by Robert W. Cort, Ted Field.  Music by Jack Nitzsche. Production Design by Stephen Marsh.  Costume Design by Durinda Wood.  Film Editing by Caroline Biggerstaff.   Demi Moore stars as a modern day, happily married pregnant…

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Cradle Will Rock (1999)

TIM ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Cradle Productions Inc., Havoc, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Tim Robbins.  Cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Jon Kilik, Tim Robbins.  Music by David Robbins.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Geraldine Peroni.  Cannes Film Festival 1999.  National Board of Review Awards 1999.  Online Film…

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Hudson Hawk (1991)

MICHAEL LEHMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1991.  TriStar Pictures, Silver Pictures, Ace Bone.  Story by Bruce Willis, Robert Kraft, Screenplay by Steven E. de Souza, Daniel Waters.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Michael Kamen, Robert Kraft.  Production Design by Jackson De Govia.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Michael Tronick.   You’re better off watching a spoof…

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Monsignor (1982)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1982.  Frank Yablans Presentations.  Screenplay by Abraham Polonsky, Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Jack-Alain Leger. Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by David Niven Jr., Frank Yablans.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by John DeCuir Jr..  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger.   Failed attempt to get inside…

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Dune (1984)

DAVID LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B USA, 1984.  Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by David Lynch, based on the novel by Frank Herbert.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Raffaella De Laurentiis.  Music by Totò.  Production Design by Anthony Masters.  Costume Design by Bob Ringwood.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   Frank Herbert’s immensely popular science-fiction novel (the first in a series) has been…

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Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2007.  Capitol Films, Funky Buddha Productions, Unity Productions, Linsefilm.  Screenplay by Kelly Masterson.  Cinematography by Ron Fortunato.  Produced by Michael Cerenzie, William S. Gilmore, Brian Linse, Paul Parmar.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Christopher Nowak.  Costume Design by Tina Nigro.  Film Editing by Tom Swartwout.  American Film Institute 2007.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2007.Independent…

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Moonstruck (1987)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1987.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Star Partners. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer.  Music by Dick Hyman.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Lou Lombardo.  This is the exemplary, perfectly acted, written and directed romantic comedy you’ve been looking…

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The Monster Squad (1987)

FRED DEKKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1987.  Home Box Office, Keith Barish Productions, TAFT Entertainment Pictures.  Screenplay by Shane Black, Fred Dekker.  Cinematography by Bradford May.  Produced by Jonathan A. Zimbert.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Michael W. Hoffman, Aggie Lyon.  Film Editing by James Mitchell.  A cheerful little romp that is only…

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Waterworld (1995)

KEVIN REYNOLDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, Gordon Company, Davis Entertainment, Licht/Mueller Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Peter Rader, David Twohy.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Kevin Costner, John Davis, Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by John Bloomfield.  Film Editing by Peter Boyle.   Not nearly as bad as its reputation…

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Stardust Memories (1980)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1980.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Rollins-Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Santo Loquasto.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse. One of Woody Allen‘s less inspired works, this bitter film is the director’s response to the criticism…

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