Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

OSSIE DAVIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1970. Formosa Productions. Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Ossie Davis, based on the novel by Chester Himes. Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr.. Music by Galt MacDermot. Production Design by Emanuel Gerard. Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone. Film Editing by Robert Q. Lovett….

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Doctor Dolittle (1998)

BETTY THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, Joseph M. Singer Entertainment.  Screenplay by Nat Mauldin, Larry Levin, based on the stories by Hugh Lofting. Cinematography by Russell Boyd.  Produced by John Davis, David T. Friendly, Joseph Singer.  Music by Richard Gibbs.  Production Design by William A. Elliott.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by…

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Joe Versus The Volcano (1990)

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Teri Schwartz.  Music by Georges Delerue, Peter Gordon.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood, Robert Chase, Sue Moore.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey, Kenneth Wannberg.   Oscar-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck) makes an…

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The Client (1994)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films.  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, Robert Getchell, based on the novel by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.   The best John Grisham novel adaptation made…

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The Cardinal (1963)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1963.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Robert Dozier, based on the novel by Henry Morton Robinson.   Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.   Produced by Otto Preminger.   Music by Jerome Moross.   Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Donald Brooks.    Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Otto Preminger exposed the complicated morality…

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Grumpy Old Men (1993)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1993.  John Davis, Lancaster Gate, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Mark Steven Johnson.  Cinematography by Johnny E. Jensen.  Produced by Richard C. Berman, John Davis.    Music by Alan Silvestri.   Production Design by David Chapman.  Costume Design by Lisa Jensen.  Film Editing by Bonnie Koehler.   It’s nice to see the odd couple back in action…

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Dinosaur (2000)

ERIC LEIGHTON, RALPH ZONDAG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2000.  Walt Disney Pictures, The Secret Lab, Walt Disney Feature Animation.  Story by Thom Enriquez, John Harrison, Robert Nelson Jacobs, Ralph Zondag, Screenplay by John Harrison, Robert Nelson Jacobs, Creative development by Gregory Gunter, Additional written material by Shirley Pierce, Additional story material by Jonathan Roberts, Rhett Reese,…

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4 Little Girls (1997)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1997.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Home Box Office.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Spike Lee, Samuel D. Pollard.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.  Academy Awards 1997.  Online Film Critics Awards 1997.  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.   This searing documentary focuses on what is often considered by historians…

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Jungle Fever (1991)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1991.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.   Even when Spike Lee makes a less-than-perfect movie it’s still incredibly watchable for many…

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School Daze (1988)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1988.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Bill Lee.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee’s passionate touch is all over this enjoyable musical, even…

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Do The Right Thing (1989)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1989.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Bill Lee.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee’s best film is this explosive examination of racism in America, whittled…

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Bubba Ho-Tep

DON COSCARELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell), having switched identities with an impersonator some years back in order to pursue a quieter life, is now an aged man in a retirement home whose employees all think he is a loony wannabe. His best friend (Ossie Davis), believes himself to be…

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