Torch Song (1953)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by I.A.R. Wylie, Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, Jan Lustig.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Henry Berman, Sidney Franklin, Charles Schnee.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing…

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Mighty Joe Young (1949)

ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures, ARKO.  Story by Merian C. Cooper, Screenplay by Ruth Rose.  Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Adele Balkan.  Film Editing by Ted Cheesman.  Merian Cooper and…

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The North Star (1943)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, additional dialogue in new edition by Burt Beck.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Aaron Copland.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1943.  Lillian Hellman pens a tribute to the spirit of Russia suffering…

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Spotlight (2015)

TOM McCARTHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2015.  Participant Media, First Look Media, Anonymous Content, Rocklin\Faust.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy.  Cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi.  Produced by Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Stephen H. Carter.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by Tom McArdle.  Academy Awards 2015.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Anywhere But Here (1999)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the book by Mona Simpson.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   The presence…

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Mother’s Boys (1994)

YVES SIMONEAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Miramax, CBS Productions.  Screenplay by Barry Schneider, Richard Hawley, based on the novel by Bernard Taylor.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Jack E. Freedman, Patricia Herskovic, Wayne S. Williams.  Music by George S. Clinton.  Production Design by David J. Bomba.  Costume Design by Deena Appel, Simon Tuke.  Film Editing by Michael D. Ornstein.   Ridiculous, gynophobic…

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Quiz Show (1994)

ROBERT REDFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1994.  Baltimore Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, based on the book Remembering America: A Voice From The Sixties by Richard N. Goodwin.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.   Produced by Michael Jacobs, Julian Krainin, Michael Nozik, Robert Redford. Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Kathy O’Rear.  Film…

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3 Men And A Baby (1987)

LEONARD NIMOY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Interscope Communications, Silver Screen Partners III, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by James Orr, Jim Cruickshank, based on the screenplay by Trois Hommes Et Un Couffin by Coline Serreau.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Robert W. Cort, Ted Field.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Larry S. Wells.  Film…

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The Night We Never Met (1993)

WARREN LEIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 USA, 1993.  Miramax, Tribeca Productions.  Screenplay by Warren Leight.  Cinematography by John Thomas.  Produced by Michael Peyser.  Music by Evan Lurie.  Production Design by Lester Cohen.  Costume Design by Ellen Lutter.  Film Editing by Camilla Toniolo.   Annabella Sciorra and Matthew Broderick timeshare an apartment with a soon to be married bachelor (Kevin Anderson).  She is unhappily married and uses…

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Final Analysis (1992)

PHIL JOANOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1992.  Warner Bros., Witt/Thomas Productions, Roven-Cavallo Entertainment.  Story by Robert Berger, Wesley Strick, Screenplay by Wesley Strick.  Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Paul Junger Witt, Charles Roven, Tony Thomas.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard.  Film Editing by Thom Noble.   Tepid thriller that goes far…

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Heaven’s Prisoners (1996)

PHIL JOANOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA/United Kingdom, 1996.  PVM Entertainment, Savoy Pictures, The Rank Organisation, The Ruddy Morgan Organization, Thinkfactory Media.  Screenplay by Harley Peyton, Scott Frank, based on the book by James Lee Burke.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Leslie Greif, Andre Morgan, Albert S. Ruddy.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by John Stoddart.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard.  Film…

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In Dreams (1999)

NEIL JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks.  Screenplay by Neil Jordan, Bruce Robinson, based on the novel Doll’s Eyes by Bari Wood.Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Charles Burke, Stephen Woolley.   Music by Elliot Goldenthal.   Production Design by Nigel Phelps.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Tony Lawson.   Very strange nightmare thriller about a…

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