Children Of A Lesser God (1986)

RANDA HAINES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1986.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Hesper Anderson, Mark Medoff, based on the play by Mark Medoff.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Patrick J. Palmer, Burt Sugarman.  Music by Michael Convertino.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Lisa Fruchtman.   William Hurt goes to work at a school…

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Paradise (1991)

MARY AGNES DONOGHUE Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Grand Highway Productions, Interscope Communications, Touchstone Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1.  Screenplay by Mary Agnes Donoghue, based on the novel Le Grand Chemin by Jean-Loup Hubert.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Scott Kroopf, Patrick J. Palmer.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Marcia Hinds, Evelyn Sakash.  Costume Design by…

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…And Justice For All (1979)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer. Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.   Explosive law film that mixes a healthy blend of comedy in with…

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A Soldier’s Story (1984)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1984.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Caldix.  Screenplay by Charles Fuller, based on his play A Soldier’s Play.  Cinematography by Russell Boyd.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer, Ronald L. Schwary.  Music by Herbie Hancock.  Production Design by Walter Scott Herndon.  Costume Design by Tom Dawson.  Film Editing by Caroline Biggerstaff, Mark Warner.   Tense murder mystery…

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Agnes Of God (1985)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1985.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi IV Productions.  Screenplay by John Pielmeier, based on his stage play.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   Enjoyable melodrama about the investigation of a possible miracle and/or murder….

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Moonstruck (1987)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1987.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Star Partners. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer.  Music by Dick Hyman.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Lou Lombardo.  This is the exemplary, perfectly acted, written and directed romantic comedy you’ve been looking…

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Blade II (2002)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA/Germany, 2002.  New Line Cinema, Amen Ra Films, Marvel Enterprises, Imaginary Forces, Justin Pictures, Linovo Productions GmbH & Co. KG, Milk & Honey Pictures, Pacific Title and Art Studio.  Screenplay by David S. Goyer, based on a character created by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan.  Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain.  Produced by Peter Frankfurt,…

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Mermaids (1990)

RICHARD BENJAMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by June Roberts, based on the novel by Patty Dann.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Lauren Lloyd, Wallis Nicita, Patrick J. Palmer.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas.   Performances are the best thing about this underrated…

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