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BBB.5 (out of 5) A thirteen year-old kid is tired of being bossed around by his parents, told he’s too short to go on rides and constantly given chores to do, so like all kids his age he dreams of getting to adulthood (and independence) as soon as he possibly can. He is given his…

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A League Of Their Own

BBBB (out of 5) With most able-bodied men off fighting in the trenches during World War II, professional baseball team owners turn to creating a women’s league in order to keep the game alive.  A documentary about the All Girl League that lasted into the fifties has been turned by Penny Marshall into a very entertaining comedy…

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Renaissance Man

B (out of 5) Dead Poets Society goes to the army when Danny DeVito loses his position at a swanky advertising firm and is forced to take a job teaching English at an army base. There he woos his students towards a love of literature by getting them excited about Shakespeare, but Penny Marshall’s incredibly inane…

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Riding In Cars With Boys

BBB (out of 5) Drew Barrymore once again outdoes herself in this heartwarming film based on the autobiography of Beverly D’Onofrio, a woman whose career in writing was set back by a teenage pregnancy and an underachieving husband. Penny Marshall’s direction as usual is sloppy, though the raggedy editing in movies like Renaissance Man and A…

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Heartburn

BBB.5 (out of 5) A mesmerizing performance by Meryl Streep is the life force of this moderately successful comedy-drama, one of many times that she was to be directed by Mike Nichols. She plays screenwriter Nora Ephron’s alter ego, a New York food writer who falls in love with and marries a Washington journalist (Jack…

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Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax, Buena Vista Pictures, Magnolia Productions, Sweetland Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Golden Globe Awards 1996.   Woody Allen pays tribute to the classic musical genre but does not come up…

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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1995.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1995.  Golden Globe Awards 1995.  Toronto International Film Festival 1995.   Woody Allen and Helena Bonham Carter play a happy couple who decide to adopt a baby and…

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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Miramax, Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, Douglas McGrath.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994. John Cusack plays an idealistic playwright in 1930s New York City who decides that, for his…

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Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  TriStar Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   One of Woody Allen‘s most enjoyable film comedies. Diane Keaton plays a…

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Husbands And Wives (1992)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, TriStar Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1992.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.   Woody Allen‘s examination of married couples isn’t as marvelous as his similar…

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Stardust Memories (1980)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1980.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Rollins-Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Santo Loquasto.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   One of Woody Allen‘s less inspired works, this bitter film is the director’s response to the criticism he…

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A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1982.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Santo Loquasto.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Inspired by Bergman’s Smiles Of A Summer Night, Woody Allen‘s comedy takes place at a beautiful country cottage…

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