Almost Love (2019)

MIKE DOYLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Sell By USA, 2019.  Sell By Film.  Screenplay by Mike Doyle.  Cinematography by Ludovic Littee.  Produced by Kaolin Bass, Mandy Ward.  Music by Dabney Morris.  Production Design by Robert Wise.  Costume Design by Lisa Montalvo.  Film Editing by Michael Berenbaum.   A group of friends in New…

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Illuminata (1998)

JOHN TURTURRO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Spain/USA/Japan, 1998.  CDI, GreeneStreet Films, JVC Entertainment Networks, Overseas FilmGroup, Sogepaq.  Screenplay by Brandon Cole, John Turturro, based on the play by Brandon Cole.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by John Penotti, John Turturro.  Music by Arnold Black, William Bolcom.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Roman Paska, Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Michael Berenbaum.  Cannes Film…

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One Last Thing… (2005)

ALEX STEYERMARK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2005.  2929 Productions, HDNet Films, Headquarters.  Screenplay by Barry Stringfellow.  Cinematography by Chris Norr.  Produced by Jason Kliot, Susan A. Stover, Joana Vicente.  Music by Anton Sanko.  Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Jill Newell.  Film Editing by Michael Berenbaum.  Toronto International Film Festival 2005.   Michael Angarano plays a sixteen year-old boy who is dying of cancer. A…

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War, Inc. (2008)

JOSHUA SEFTEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2008.  New Crime Productions, B & W Films, Boyana Film Studios, Millennium Films, Nu Image Entertainment GmbH.  Screenplay by Mark Leyner, Jeremy Pikser, John Cusack.  Cinematography by Zoran Popovic.  Produced by John Cusack, Danny Lerner, Grace Loh, Les Weldon.  Music by David Robbins.  Production Design by Miljen Kreka Kljakovic.  Costume Design by Vicki Graef.  Film Editing by…

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Sex And The City 2 (2010)

MICHAEL PATRICK KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2010.  New Line Cinema, Home Box Office, HBO Films, Village Roadshow Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Patrick King, based on the television series created by Darren Star, and characters created by Candace Bushnell.  Cinematography by John Thomas.  Produced by Michael Patrick King, John P. Melfi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Darren Star.  Music by…

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Sex And The City (2008)

MICHAEL PATRICK KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2008.  New Line Cinema, Home Box Office, Darren Star Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Patrick King, based on the television series created by Darren Star, and characters created by Candace Bushnell.  Cinematography by John Thomas.  Produced by Michael Patrick King, John P. Melfi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Darren Star.  Music by Dean Landon,…

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Hollywoodland

ALLEN COULTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2006.  Focus Features, Miramax, Back Lot Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Bernbaum.  Cinematography by Jonathan Freeman.  Produced by Glenn Williamson.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Leslie McDonald.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Michael Berenbaum.  Golden Globe Awards 2006.  Venice Film Festival 2006 Another sordid tale from the treasure trove of Hollywood scandals: the mysterious…

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Dark Matter

BBB (out of 5) Tragic true story about a transfer student from China (Ye Liu) who comes to study cosmology at Valley State University under the guidance of his mentor, played by Aidan Quinn.  Liu dreams of winning the Nobel Prize, and works endless hours for his beloved professor while enjoying the welcome wagon provided…

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Before Night Falls

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeous adaptation of Reinaldo Arenas’ best-selling autobiography of the same name. Javier Bardem gives a towering performance as Arenas, the Cuban poet who found himself constantly in a state of being unwanted by the world around him, and yet still retained the ability to see the beauty in it. Using stock footage…

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Basquiat

BB (out of 5) The life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat is divulged in this uninteresting biopic that stars the enigmatic Jeffrey Wright in the lead role. Basquiat was a street artist in early 1980s New York whose unique visual style had him enjoying a fully-ignited fifteen minutes of fame before a premature death of drug…

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Reckless (1995)

NORMAN RENE Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  USA, 1995.  Playhouse International Pictures, The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Craig Lucas, based on his play.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Amy J. Kaufman.  Music by Stephen Endelman.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Walker Hicklin.  Film Editing by Michael Berenbaum.   Positively weird comedy about a woman (Mia Farrow) who thinks…

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