The January Man (1989)

PAT O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1989.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Star Partners II Ltd..   Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Ezra Swerdlow.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Ann Roth, Neil Spisak.  Film Editing by Lou Lombardo.   An all-star cast can’t save this incredibly dull mystery-comedy. Kevin Kline, who…

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The Pelican Brief (1993)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1993.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Alan J. Pakula, based on the book by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Pieter Jan Brugge, Alan J. Pakula.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Tom Rolf, Trudy Ship.   Excessively long film version of John…

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All That Jazz (1979)

BOB FOSSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1979.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Bob Fosse, Robert Alan Aurthur.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Robert Alan Aurthur.  Music by Ralph Burns.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Alan Heim.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Bob Fosse takes the cinematic spectacle of big-budget musicals and uses…

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Network (1976)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1976.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Howard Gottfried.  Music by Elliot Lawrence.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Alan Heim.   Riveting look at television news media, starring Peter Finch as an anchorman whose waning ratings prompt his bosses to fire him. His…

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A Stranger Among Us (1992)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1992.  Hollywood Pictures, ISIS, Mansfield Pictures, Propaganda Films, Sandollar.  Screenplay by Robert J. Avrech.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Steve Golin, Howard Rosenman, Sigurjon Sighvatsson.  Music by Jerry Bock.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Gary Jones, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   Melanie Griffith plays a hard-edged cop who goes undercover in…

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Running On Empty (1988)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1988.  Double Play, Lorimar Film Entertainment.  Screenplay by Naomi Foner.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Griffin Dunne, Amy Robinson.  Music by Tony Mottola.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   One of the most emotionally heartfelt films of the decade, this excellent drama never succumbs…

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The Hurricane (1999)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1999.  Azoff Entertainment, Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Armyan Bernstein, Dan Gordon, based on the books The 16th Round by Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, and Lazarus and the Hurricane by Sam Chaiton, Terry Swinton.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Norman Jewison, John Ketcham.  Music by Jeremy Sweet, Christopher…

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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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Collateral Damage (2002)

ANDREW DAVIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5,  USA, 2002.  Warner Bros., Bel Air Entertainment, David Foster Productions, Hacienda Productions.  Story by Ronald Roose, David Griffiths, Peter Griffiths, Screenplay by David Griffiths, Peter Griffiths.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by David Foster, Steven Reuther.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by James W. Tyson.  Film Editing by…

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A Perfect Murder (1998)

ANDREW DAVIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Warner Bros., Kopelson Entertainment. Screenplay by Patrick Smith Kelly, based on the play Dial M For Murder by Frederick Knott.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Christopher Mankiewicz, Peter Macgregor-Scott.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Dov…

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The Hideaways (1973)

FIELDER COOK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Alternate title:  From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler USA, 1973.  Cinema 5, Westfall Productions.  Screenplay by Blanche Hanalis, based on the novel by E.L. Konigsburg.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Charles G. Mortimer Jr..  Music by Donald Devor.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Linda Wayne Howard.  Film Editing by…

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