Alex Strangelove (2018)

CRAIG JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Netflix, Red Hour Films, Mighty Engine, STX Entertainment.  Screenplay by Craig Johnson.  Cinematography by Hillary Spera.  Produced by Jared Goldman, Ben Stiller, Nicholas Weinstock.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by David C. Robinson.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lee. Alex Truelove (a wonderful Daniel Doheny) is succeeding in…

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Storytelling (2001)

TODD SOLONDZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2001.  New Line Cinema, Killer Films, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Todd Solondz.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Ted Hope, Christine Vachon.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by John A. Dunn.  Film Editing by Alan Oxman. Todd Solondz follows two exceptionally good features with a rare misfire, a dull and…

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The Skeleton Twins (2014)

CRAIG JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Duplass Brothers Productions, Venture Forth.  Screenplay by Mark Heyman, Craig Johnson.  Cinematography by Reed Morano.  Produced by Stephanie Langhoff, Jennifer Lee, Jacob Pechenik, Roxie Rodriguez.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Ola Maslik.  Costume Design by Mikaela Wohl.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lee.  Dorian Awards 2014.  Gotham Awards 2014.  National Board…

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Tigerland (2000)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2000.  Haft Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, KirchMedia, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Ross Klavan, Michael McGruther.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Beau Flynn, Steven Haft, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Andrew Laws.  Costume Design by Thomas Stokes.  Film Editing by Mark Stevens.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2000.   Independent Spirit Awards 2000.  Toronto…

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Our Idiot Brother

JESSE PERETZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2011.  Big Beach Films, Likely Story, The Weinstein Company, Yuk Films.  Story by Jesse Peretz, Evgenia Peretz, David Schisgall, Screenplay by Evgenia Peretz, David Schisgall.  Cinematography by Yaron Orbach.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub.  Music by Eric D. Johnson, Nathan Larson. Production Design by Inbal Weinberg.  Costume Design by Christopher…

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Boys Don’t Cry

KIMBERLY PEIRCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Independent Film Channel Productions, Killer Films, Hart-Sharp Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kimberly Peirce, Andy Bienan.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by John Hart, Eva Kolodner, Jeffrey Sharp, Christine Vachon.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Michael Shaw.  Costume Design by Victoria Farrell.  Film Editing by Tracy Granger, Lee Percy.  Academy Awards 1999.  Boston Film…

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The Messenger

OREN MOVERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Oscilloscope, Omnilab Media, Sherazade Film Development, BZ Entertainment, The Mark Gordon Company, Good Worldwide. Screenplay by Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, Zach Miller.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Catherine George.  Film Editing by Alex Hall.  Academy Awards 2009.  American…

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The Woodsman (2004)

NICOLE KASSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2004.  Dash Films, Lee Daniels Entertainment, The Woodsman LLC.  Screenplay by Nicole Kassell, Steven Fechter, based on the play by Steven Fechter.  Cinematography by Xavier Grobet.  Produced by Lee Daniels.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Frank L. Fleming.  Film Editing by Lisa Fruchtman, Brian A. Kates.  Toronto International Film…

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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom, 2002.  BBC Films, Celador Films, Jonescompany Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Robert Jones, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Hugo Luczyc-Wyshowski.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.  Academy Awards 2003.   National Board of Review Awards 2003.  Online Film Critics Awards 2003.   Toronto…

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High Art

BBB (out of 5) An intoxicating performance by Ally Sheedy makes this a very captivating film. Radha Mitchell (also excellent) plays a young, apologetic assistant editor at a swanky art magazine who meets her upstairs neighbour (Sheedy), only to discover that she is a great photographer who no longer works professionally. She persuades her new…

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Margin Call (2011)

J.C. CHANDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Before The Door Pictures, Benaroya Pictures, Washington Square Films, Untitled Entertainment, Rose Pictures.  Screenplay by J.C. Chandor.  Cinematography by Frank G. DeMarco.  Produced by Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by John Paino.  Costume Design by Caroline Duncan.  Film Editing…

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Palindromes (2004)

TODD SOLONDZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Extra Large Pictures.  Screenplay by Todd Solondz.  Cinematography by Tom Richmond.  Produced by Mike S. Ryan, Derrick Tseng.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by David Doernberg.  Costume Design by Victoria Farrell.  Film Editing by Mollie Goldstein, Kevin Messman.  Independent Spirit Awards 2005.  Toronto International Film Festival 2004. A twelve year-old girl announces that the thing she…

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