Frozen II (2019)

CHRIS BUCK, JENNIFER LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2019.  Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, Marc Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Screenplay by Jennifer Lee.  Produced by Peter Del Vecho.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Film Editing by Jeff Draheim. Four years after convincing us all to…

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Pecker (1998)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Polar Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens.  Produced by John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Vincent Perani.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Janice Hampton.   Funny little film from John Waters is one of his most modest films, about a meek amateur photographer (Edward…

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Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle (1994)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Fine Line Features, Mayfair Entertainment, Miramax, Odyssey Entertainment, Park Bench Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph, Randy Sue Coburn.  Cinematography by Jan Kiesser.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Francois Seguin.  Costume Design by Renee April, John Hay.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.   Alan Rudolph, the mini-Robert Altman, comes up with…

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Shy People (1987)

ANDREY KONCHALOVSKIY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Cannon Group.  Story by Andrey Konchalovskiy, Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Marjorie David.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Globus.  Music by Tangerine Dream.  Production Design by Stephen Marsh.  Costume Design by Katherine Dover.  Film Editing by Alain Jakubowicz.   Jill Clayburgh is superb as a magazine reporter who decides to…

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Last Summer In The Hamptons (1995)

HENRY JAGLOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1995.  Jagtoria Films, The Rainbow Film Company. Screenplay by Henry Jaglom, Victoria Foyt.  Cinematography by Hanania Baer.  Produced by Judith Wolinsky.   Production Design by Jeff Monte, Bruce Postman. Costume Design by Catherine Pierson.  Film Editing by Henry Jaglom.   I love this carefree, intelligently written and directed film by independent…

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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

MARY HARRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1996.  Playhouse International Pictures, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, BBC Arena, Killer Films.  Screenplay by Mary Harron, Daniel Minahan, based on the book The Letters And Diaries of Candy Darling, 1992 by Jeremiah Newton, and the research of Diane Tucker.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Tom Kalin, Christine Vachon.  Music by…

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Parenthood (1989)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1989.  Imagine Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Story by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Ron Howard, Screenplay by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Todd Hallowell.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.   The terrifying adventure of raising kids…

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200 Cigarettes

BBB (out of 5) Charming, breezy movie about a group of youngsters trying to find a party in downtown Manhattan on New Year’s Eve in the 80s. Paul Rudd and Courtney Love are two best friends recently broken up from their lovers who find themselves discovering each other on the way to the fete; Jay Mohr and…

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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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The Goonies (1985)

RICHARD DONNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1985.  Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment.  Story by Steven Spielberg, Screenplay by Chris Columbus.  Cinematography by Nick McLean.  Produced by Harvey Bernhard, Richard Donner.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Richard La Motte.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn. A group of misfit kids have to face the loss of…

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Beautiful Girls (1996)

TED DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Miramax, Woods Entertainment.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by Adam Kimmel.  Produced by Cary Woods.  Music by David A. Stewart.  Production Design by Dan Davis.  Costume Design by Lucy W. Corrigan.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Wolf.   A giant cast of appealing actors do a lot for this odd but enjoyable film. Timothy Hutton returns…

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Searching For Debra Winger

BBB.5 (out of 5) Alternately fascinating and disappointingly shallow, this terrific concept has Rosanna Arquette interviewing successful women in Hollywood about being female in the male-dominated movie business. Her inspiration was the news that Debra Winger announced her retirement from the movies in her mid-thirties, and Arquette found herself wanting to know more about why she did…

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