The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Australia/USA, 2003.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Silver Pictures.  Screenplay by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, based on their characters.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2003.    While machine-controlled…

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Sparkle (1976)

SAM O’STEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1976.  Robert Stigwood Organization, Warner Bros..  Story by Howard Rosenman, Screenplay by Joel Schumacher.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Howard Rosenman.  Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Peter Wooley.  Costume Design by Daniel Paredes.  Film Editing by Gordon Scott.   There’s an honest and unassuming quality about this tale of family and ambition that overrides its…

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Awakenings (1990)

PENNY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Parkes/Lasker productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Oliver Sacks. Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Anton Furst.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by Battle Davis, Gerald B. Greenberg.   Dr. Oliver Sacks’ autobiographical…

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The Bonfire Of The Vanities (1990)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Michael Cristofer, based on the novel by Tom Wolfe.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Brian De Palma, Chris F. Woods.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Bill Pankow, David Ray. Brian DePalma makes a huge mess…

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Malcolm X (1992)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Japan, 1992.  Largo International N.V., JVC Entertainment Networks, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee, Ahmed Murad, Marvin Worth.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume…

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Sunshine State (2002)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2002.  Anarchist’s Convention Films.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Patrick Cady.  Produced by Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  National Board of Review Awards 2002.  Online Film Critics Awards 2002.   John Sayles has dealt with different American states…

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A Perfect World (1993)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1993.  Warner Bros., Malpaso Productions.  Screenplay by John Lee Hancock.  Cinematography by Jack N. Green.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Mark Johnson, David Valdes.  Music by Lennie Niehaus.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Erica Edell Phillips.  Film Editing by Joel Cox, Ron Spang.  Clint Eastwood directs and stars as a sheriff who…

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Down In The Delta (1998)

MAYA ANGELOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Amen Ra Films, Chris/Rose Productions, Showtime Networks.  Screenplay by Myron Goble.  Cinematography by William Wages.  Produced by Reuben Cannon, Robert W. Christiansen, Victor McGauley, Rick Rosenberg, Wesley Snipes.  Music by Stanley Clarke.  Production Design by Lindsey Hermer-Bell.  Costume Design by Maxyne Baker.  Film Editing by Nancy Richardson.   Alfre Woodard‘s rich performance makes this…

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