Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by…

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Grandma (2015)

PAUL WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Depth of Field, 1821 Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Weitz.  Cinematography by Tobias Datum.  Produced by Terry Dougas, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis, Andrew Miano, Paul Weitz.  Music by Joel P. West.  Production Design by Cindy Chao, Michele Yu.  Costume Design by Molly Grundman.  Film Editing by Jon Corn.  Dorian Awards 2015.   Golden Globe Awards 2015.  Gotham…

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Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012)

DORI BERINSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2012.  Dramatic Forces.  Screenplay by Dori Berinstein, Adam Zucker.  Cinematography by Rob VanAlkemade.  Produced by Dori Berinstein.  Music by Craig Sharmat.  Film Editing by Adam Zucker.  Dorian Awards 2011.   She conquered Broadway when she originated the role of Lorelei in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, then made herself immortal with the lead in Hello,…

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Altman (2014)

RON MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada, 2014.  Sphinx Productions.  Screenplay by Len Blum.  Cinematography by Simon Ennis.  Produced by Ron Mann.  Music by Phil Dwyer, Guido Luciani.  Production Design by Matthew Badiali, Craig Small.  Film Editing by Robert Kennedy. Ron Mann gives a wonderful overview of the career of filmmaker Robert Altman, the American auteur who reached his height at a time…

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Tea With Mussolini (1999)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy/United Kingdom, 1999.  Cattleya, Cineritmo, Medusa Film, Film and General Productions.  Screenplay by John Mortimer, based on the autobiography by Franco Zeffirelli.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Clive Parsons, Riccardo Tozzi, Giovannella Zannoni.  Music by Stefano Arnaldi, Alessio Vlad.  Production Design by Carlo Centolavigna, Biagio Fersini, Fiorella Mariani.  Costume Design by Anna Anni, Jenny…

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Disney’s The Kid (2000)

JON TURTELTAUB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Chester Films Inc., Junction, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Audrey Wells.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Hunt Lowry, Christina Steinberg, Jon Turteltaub.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Peter Honess, David Rennie. Delightful comedy romp about a middle-aged image consultant with no…

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Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work (2010)

ANNE SUNDBERG, RICKI STERN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Break Thru Films.  Screenplay by Ricki Stern.  Cinematography by Charles Miller.  Produced by Seth Keal, Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg.  Music by Paul Brill.  Film Editing by Penelope Falk.  Dorian Awards 2010.  National Board of Review Awards 2010.  Online Film Critics Awards 2010.   The title’s meaning is manifold: she is herself…

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Vito (2011)

JEFFREY SCHWARZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2011.  Automat Pictures, Making it Big. Cinematography by David Quantic.  Produced by Jeffrey Schwarz.  Music by Miriam Cutler.  Film Editing by Philip Harrison.  Dorian Awards 2011.   Sixteen years after the excellent documentary The Celluloid Closet, based on the book by Vito Russo, comes this superb documentary about the life of the…

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The Walker (2007)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2007.  Kintop Pictures, Ingenious Film Partners, Isle of Man Film, Paul Schrader Productions, The Walk.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by Chris Seager.  Produced by Deepak Nayar.  Music by Anne Dudley.  Production Design by James Merifield.  Costume Design by Nic Ede.  Film Editing by Julian Rudd.  Toronto International Film Festival 2007. Woody Harrelson plays a southern aristocrat…

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All Of Me (1984)

CARL REINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1984.  Kings Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Phil Alden Robinson, adaptation by Henry Olek, based on the novel Me Two by Edwin Davis.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Stephen J. Friedman.  Music by Patrick Williams.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno.  Costume Design by Ray Summers.  Film Editing by Bud Molin.  Golden Globe…

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Get Bruce (1999)

ANDREW J. KUEHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1999.  AJK.  Cinematography by Jose Louis Mignone.  Produced by Andrew J. Kuehn.  Music by Michael Feinstein.  Film Editing by William Flicker, Maureen Nolan.   Fun documentary that chronicles the career of one of the most successful comedy writers in show business today, Bruce Vilanch. After an auspicious debut as a writer…

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Nine To Five (1980)

COLIN HIGGINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1980.  IPC Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Patricia Resnick, Screenplay by Colin Higgins, Patricia Resnick.  Cinematography by Reynaldo Villalobos.Produced by Bruce Gilbert.  Music by Charles Fox.  Production Design by Dean Edward Mitzner.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Pembroke J. Herring.  Academy Awards 1980.  Golden Globe Awards 1980.   Jane Fonda plays a shy,…

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