The Out Of Towners (1970)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1970. Jalem Productions. Screenplay by Neil Simon. Cinematography by Andrew Laszlo. Produced by Paul Nathan. Music by Quincy Jones. Production Design by Charles Bailey, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Forrest T. Butler, Grace Harris. Film Editing by Fred A. Chulack. Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis…

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The Four Seasons (1981)

ALAN ALDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1981.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Alan Alda.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Martin Bregman.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by Jane Greenwood.  Film Editing by Michael Economou.   Three couples get together for vacations four times, one in each season, and we watch as their relationships with each other…

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Splendor In The Grass (1961)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Warner Bros., Newtown Productions, NBI Productions.  Screenplay by William Inge.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by David Amram.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.   Though this film doesn’t always succeed on its dramatic turf, how many other films were…

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Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1966.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the play by Edward Albee.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Ernest Lehman.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.   Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton shine in this excellent adaptation of Edward Albee’s shocking play. They…

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Nasty Habits (1977)

MICHAEL LINDSAY-HOGG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1977.  Bowden Productions Limited.  Screenplay by Robert Enders, based on the novel The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark.   Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Robert Enders.  Music by John Cameron.  Production Design by Robert Jones.  Film Editing by Peter Tanner.   The makings of what should have been a winning classic somehow…

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Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1982.  Sandcastle 5 Productions, Viacom Enterprises.  Screenplay by Ed Graczyk, based on his play.  Cinematography by Pierre Mignot.  Produced by Scott Bushnell.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Scott Bushnell.  Film Editing by Jason Rosenfield.   Terrific dialogue and superb performances are slightly undone by director Robert Altman’s insistence on basically filming Ed…

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Another Woman (1988)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1988.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse. Woody Allen returns to the Bergmanesque style that served him so well in Interiors (but did not in September)….

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