Marjorie Prime (2017)

MICHAEL ALMEREYDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2017.  Passage Pictures, BB Film Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Almereyda, based on the play by Jordan Harrison.  Cinematography by Sean Price Williams.  Produced by Michael Almereyda, Uri Singer.  Music by Mica Levi.  Production Design by Javiera Varas.  Costume Design by Kama K. Royz.  Film Editing by Kathryn J. Schubert.  Gotham Awards 2017.  Independent Spirit Awards 2017. An elderly woman…

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Lady Bird (2017)

GRETA GERWIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2017.  Scott Rudin Productions, Entertainment 360, IAC Films.  Screenplay by Greta Gerwig.  Cinematography by Sam Levy.  Produced by Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Chris Jones.  Costume Design by April Napier.  Film Editing by Nick Houy.  Academy Awards 2017.  AFI Awards 2017.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2017.  Golden…

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The Comedian (2016)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2016.  Cinelou Films, Linson Entertainment, Anvil Films, Mad Riot Entertainment.  Story by Art Linson, Screenplay by Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross, Richard LaGravenese, Lewis Friedman.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Mark Canton, Taylor Hackford, Art Linson, John Linson, Courtney Solomon.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard,…

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The Nice Guys (2016)

SHANE BLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2016.  Misty Mountains, Bloom, Lipsync Productions, Nice Guys, Silver Pictures, Waypoint Entertainment.  Screenplay by Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by David Buckley, John Ottman.  Production Design by Richard Bridgland.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Joel Negron.  Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2016.   A…

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Falling Down (1993)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  France/USA/United Kingdom, 1993.  Alcor Films, Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ebbe Roe Smith. Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Timothy Harris, Arnold Kopelson, Herschel Weingrod.  Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Cannes Film Festival 1993. Michael Douglas is stuck in traffic…

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The Pledge

SEAN PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Morgan Creek Entertainment, Franchise Pictures, Clyde Is Hungry Films, Pledge Productions, Epsilon Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski, based on the book by Freidrich Durrenmatt. Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Michael Fitzgerald, Sean Penn, Elie Samaha.  Music by Klaus Badelt, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by…

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Tumbleweeds (1999)

GAVIN O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Spanky Pictures, Solaris, River One Films.  Story by Angela Shelton, Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor, Angela Shelton.  Cinematography by Dan Stoloff.  Produced by Greg O’Connor.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Bryce Holtshousen.  Costume Design by Mimi Maxmen.  Film Editing by John Gilroy.  Academy Awards 1999.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  Gotham Awards 1999.  Independent Spirit Awards 1999.  National…

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How To Make An American Quilt (1995)

JOCELYN MOORHOUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jane Anderson, based on the novel by Whitney Otto.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock.   How much better this film would have been if…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.  National Board of Review Awards 1987.   …

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Up The Sandbox (1972)

IRVIN KERSHNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1972.   Barwood Films, First Artists.   Screenplay by Paul Zindel, based on the novel by Anne Richardson Roiphe.   Cinematography by Gordon Willis.   Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.   Music by Billy Goldenberg.   Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.   Film Editing by Robert Lawrence.    Barbra…

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P.S.

DYLAN KIDD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   Dylan Kidd follows up his enjoyable Roger Dodger with this unforgettable drama that is punctuated by moments of humour. Laura Linney is exceptional as an art professor at Columbia University who receives an application from a student (Topher Grace) who bears the same name and a more than slight…

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BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Holocener returns with yet another compelling examination of complicated women. Rebecca Hall is excellent as a health care worker who takes care of her mean, cantankerous grandmother while her callous sister (Amanda Peet) just waits for her to die. Their grandmother’s apartment is owned by their neighbours, two vintage furniture dealers…

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