Happiest Season (2020)

CLEA DuVALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA/Canada, 2020. TriStar Pictures, Entertainment One, Hulu Originals, Temple Hill Entertainment. Story by Clea DuVall, Screenplay by Clea DuVall, Mary Holland. Cinematography by John Gulesarian. Produced by Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner. Music by Amie Doherty. Production Design by Theresa Guleserian. Costume Design by Kathleen Felix-Hager. Film Editing…

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

ISAO TAKAHATA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original Title:  Kaguyahime no monogatari Japan, 2013.  Studio Ghibli, Dentsu, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, KDDI Corporation, Mitsubishi, Nippon Television Network, Toho.  Story by Isao Takahata, Screenplay by Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi.  Cinematography by Keisuke Nakamura.  Produced by Yoshiaki Nishimura, Seiichirô Ujiie, Geoffrey Wexler.  Music by Joe Hisaishi.  Production…

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Book Club (2018)

BILL HOLDERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 2018.  Apartment Story, June Pictures.  Screenplay by Bill Holderman, Erin Simms.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Andrew Duncan, Bill Holderman, Alex Saks, Erin Simms.  Music by Peter Nashel.  Production Design by Rachel O’Toole.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly.  Dorian Awards 2018.   Four Los Angeles women have stayed connected…

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Life As A House (2001)

IRWIN WINKLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2001.  Winkler Films.  Screenplay by Mark Andrus.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Molly Maginnis.  Film Editing by Julie Monroe.  Golden Globe Awards 2001.  National Board of Review Awards 2001.  Online Film Critics Awards 2001.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.   Respectable ensemble…

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The Help (2011)

TATE TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/India/United Arab Emirates, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, 1492 Pictures, Harbinger Pictures.  Screenplay by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing…

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Miss Firecracker (1989)

THOMAS SCHLAMME Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1989.  Corsair Pictures, Firecracker Company, Guadalupe Productions.   Screenplay by Beth Henley, based on her play The Miss Firecracker Contest.  Cinematography by Arthur Albert.  Produced by Fred Berner.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Molly Maginnis.  Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.   Holly Hunter makes you care deeply about her…

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Powder (1995)

VICTOR SALVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1995.  Caravan Pictures, Daniel Grodnik Productions, Hollywood Pictures, Itasca Pictures.  Screenplay by Victor Salva.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Daniel Grodnik.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Waldemar Kalinowski.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Dennis M. Hill.   Professor Jeff Goldblum discovers a family with a secret: a young,…

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I Am Sam

JESSIE NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2001.  New Line Cinema, Avery Pix, The Bedford Falls Company, Red Fish Blue Fish Films.  Screenplay by Kristine Johnson, Jessie Nelson.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Marshall Herskovitz, Jessie Nelson, Richard Solomon, Edward Zwick.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Aaron Osborne.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.  Academy Awards…

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My Family

GREGORY NAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Mi Familia USA, 1995.  American Playhouse, American Zoetrope, Majestic Films International, Newcomb Productions.  Screenplay by Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Anna Thomas.  Music by Mark McKenzie.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Tracy Tynan.  Film Editing by Nancy Richardson.  Academy Awards 1995.  Independent Spirit Awards 1995.   Multiple generations of a…

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Time After Time (1979)

NICHOLAS MEYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1979.  Orion Pictures, Warner Bros..  Story by Karl Alexander, Steve Hayes, Screenplay by Nicholas Meyer.  Cinematography by Paul Lohmann.  Produced by Herb Jaffe.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno.  Costume Design by Sal Anthony, Yvonne Kubis.  Film Editing by Donn Cambern.  National Board of Review Awards 1979.   H.G. Wells announces at his…

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The Grass Harp (1995)

CHARLES MATTHAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1995.  Charles Matthau-Jerry Tokofsky-John Davis Productions, Fine Line Features, Grass Harp, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, Kirk Ellis, based on the novella by Truman Capote.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by James T. Davis, John Davis, Charles Matthau, Jerry Tokofsky.  Music by Patrick Williams.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design…

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Did You Hear About The Morgans? (2009)

MARC LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Castle Rock Entertainment, Banter.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Liz Glotzer, Martin Shafer.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Christopher Peterson.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Once a successful, high-profile couple, lawyer Paul (Hugh Grant) and real-estate agent…

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