The Panic In Needle Park (1971)

JERRY SCHATZBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1971. Gadd Productions Corp., Didion-Dunne. Screenplay by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, based on the book by James Mills. Cinematography by Adam Holender. Produced by Dominick Dunne. Production Design by Murray P. Stern. Costume Design by Jo Ynocencio. Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman. A film…

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

BARRY JENKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin.  Cinematography by James Laxton.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski. Music by Nicholas Britell.   Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Caroline Eselin.  Film Editing by…

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Mother! (2017)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2017.  Protozoa Pictures.  Screenplay by Darren Aronofsky.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Scott Franklin, Ari Handel.  Music by Tony Finno.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Dorian Awards 2017.  Online Film Critics Awards 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.  Venice Film Festival 2017. A happily…

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Center Stage (2000)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2000.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Laurence Mark Productions.  Screenplay by Carol Heikkinen.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar. Silly rip-off of Fame that is not helped by bad acting from the leads, an idiotic script…

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In Her Shoes (2005)

CURTIS HANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2005.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Deuce Three Productions, Major Studio Partners.  Screenplay by Susannah Grant, based on the novel by Jennifer Weiner.  Cinematography by Terry Stacey.  Produced by Lisa Ellzey, Carol Fenelon, Curtis Hanson, Ridley Scott.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Dan Davis.  Costume Design by Sophie De Rakoff.  Film Editing by…

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One True Thing (1998)

CARL FRANKLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Monarch Pictures, Ufland, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Karen Croner, based on the novel by Anna Quindlen.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Jesse Beaton, Harry J. Ulfland.  Music by Cliff Eidelman.  Production Design by Paul Peters.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Carole Kravetz Aykanian.   Exceptionally touching story about a workaholic journalist…

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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1975.  Warner Bros., Artists Entertainment Complex.  Screenplay by Frank Pierson, based on a magazine article by P.F. Kluge, Thomas Moore, from the book by Leslie Waller.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Martin Bregman,Martin Elfand.  Production Design by Charles Bailey.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   Brilliant film…

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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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Running On Empty (1988)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1988.  Double Play, Lorimar Film Entertainment.  Screenplay by Naomi Foner.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Griffin Dunne, Amy Robinson.  Music by Tony Mottola.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   One of the most emotionally heartfelt films of the decade, this excellent drama never succumbs…

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Inside Man (2006)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, GH Two.  Screenplay by Russell Gewirtz.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Donna Berwick.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.  American Film Institute 2006.   Enormously enjoyable thriller by Spike Lee,…

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Black Swan (2010)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 2010.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Protozoa Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Dune Entertainment.  Story by Andres Heinz, Screenplay by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film…

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The Wrestler (2008)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA/France, 2008.  Wild Bunch, Protozoa Pictures, Saturn Films, Top Rope.  Screenplay by Robert D. Siegel.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Tim Grimes.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Academy Awards 2008.  American Film Institute 2008.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2008.  Golden Globe Awards…

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