Fun With Dick and Jane (1977)

TED KOTCHEFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1977. Columbia Pictures. Story by Gerald Gaiser, Screenplay by David Giler, Jerry Belson, Mordecai Richler. Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp. Produced by Peter Bart, Max Palevsky. Music by Ernest Gold. Production Design by James Hulsey. Costume Design by Donfeld. Film Editing by Danford B. Greene. George…

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Lucky Lady (1975)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1975.  Gruskoff/Venture Films.  Screenplay by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Michael Gruskoff.  Music by Ralph Burns.  Production Design by John Barry. Costume Design by Lilly Fenichel.  Film Editing by Peter Boita, George Hively. Liza Minnelli and Burt Reynolds fail in their attempt to make big money running undocumented Mexicans…

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Highlander (1986)

RUSSELL MULCAHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1986.  Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, Highlander Productions Limited, Davis-Panzer Productions.  Story by Gregory Widen, Screenplay by Gregory Widen, Peter Bellwood, Larry Ferguson.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Peter S. Davis, William N. Panzer.  Music by Michael Kamen. Production Design by Allan Cameron.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.  …

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Girlfight (2000)

KARYN KUSAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2000.  Green/Renzi, Independent Film Channel.  Screenplay by Karyn Kusama.  Cinematography by Patrick Cady.  Produced by Sarah Green, Martha Griffin, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Gene McDaniels, Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Marco Cattoretti, Luca Mosca.  Film Editing by Plummy Tucker.   A fantastic story about a young woman (Michelle Rodriguez) who wants…

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Used People (1992)

BEEBAN KIDRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 1992.  JVC Entertainment Networks, Largo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Todd Graff, based on his plays The Grandma Plays.  Produced by Peggy Rajski.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by John Tintori.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.   Delightful romantic comedy by Beeban Kidron, about love among the…

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Harry And Tonto (1974)

PAUL MAZURSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1974.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Paul Mazursky, Josh Greenfeld.  Cinematography by Michael C. Butler.  Produced by Paul Mazursky.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.  Academy Awards 1974.  Golden Globe Awards 1974.    National Board of Review Awards 1974.   Aging New Yorker Harry…

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The Cemetery Club (1993)

BILL DUKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1993.  Down To Earth Productions, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Ivan Menchell, based on his play.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by David Brown.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Maher Ahmad.  Costume Design by Hilary Rosenfeld.  Film Editing by John Carter.  Pleasant and at times funny account of three widows (Olympia Dukakis, Ellen…

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The Crew

BBB (out of 5) Diverting geriatric comedy about aging gangsters that was penned by one of the original writers of the hit television show The Golden Girls.  The guys get themselves into some trouble with the mafia and need to pull off one last great job to get out of it. Richard Dreyfuss, Burt Reynolds,…

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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. Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.  National Board of Review Awards 1987.  New York…

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New York, New York (1977)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1977.  Chartoff-Winkler Productions.  Story by Earl Mac Rauch, Screenplay by Earl Mac Rauch, Mardik Martin.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Ralph Burns, John Neal.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Bert Lovitt, David Ramirez, Tom Rolf.  Golden Globe Awards 1977….

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The Yards (1999)

JAMES GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1999.  Miramax, Industry Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Gray, Matt Reeves.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Kerry Orent, Paul Webster, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford.  Film Festivals:  Cannes 2000, TIFF 2000.   James Gray’s career is marked by films that…

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