The Kitchen (2019)

ANDREA BERLOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2019.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, DC Vertigo, Michael De Luca Productions, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Andrea Berloff, based on the comic book series by Ollie Masters, Ming Doyle.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Michael De Luca, Marcus Viscidi.  Music by Bryce Dessner. …

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Ocean’s 8 (2018)

GARY ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Rahway Road Productions, Smokehouse Pictures.  Story by Gary Ross, Screenplay by Gary Ross, Olivia Milch, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Eigil Bryld.  Produced by Susan Ekins, Steven Soderbergh.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by Alex DiGerlando.  Costume Design by…

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The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Parfumerie (Illatszertár) by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   A clothing store in Budapest is the centre of plenty of drama in this…

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Glorifying The American Girl (1929)

MILLARD WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1929.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by J.P. McEvoy, Millard Webb.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Monta Bell.  Production Design by John W. Harkrider. Costume Design by John W. Harkrider. Charming oddity from the very early sound days, about a young woman who chooses career over love.  Mary Eaton is delightful as a…

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Uptown Girls (2003)

BOAZ YAKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, GreeneStreet Films.  Story by Allison Jacobs, Screenplay by Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik, Lisa Davidowitz.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Allison Jacobs, John Penotti, Fisher Stevens.  Music by Joel McNeely.  Production Design by Kalina Ivanov.  Costume Design by Sarah Edwards.  Film Editing by David Ray.   Brittany Murphy plays the daughter of a famous rock star who…

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The Last Days Of Disco (1998)

WHIT STILLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Castle Rock Entertainment, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Westerly Films.  Screenplay by Whit Stillman.  Cinematography by John Thomas.  Produced by Whit Stillman.  Music by Mark Suozzo.  Production Design by Ginger Tougas.  Costume Design by Sarah Edwards.  Film Editing by Andrew Hafitz, Jay Pires. True to the Whit Stillman mode of filmmaking, this film features young people who…

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Igby Goes Down (2002)

BURR STEERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  United Artists, Atlantic Streamline, Crossroads Films, Helkon Media. Screenplay by Burr Steers.  Cinematography by Wedigo von Schultzendorff. Produced by Lisa Tornell, Marco Weber.  Music by Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson. Costume Design by Sarah Edwards.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson, Padraic McKinley.  Golden Globe Awards 2002.  Independent Spirit Awards 2002.  Las…

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Salt (2010)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Relativity Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Wintergreen Productions.  Screenplay by Kurt Wimmer.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Sunil Perkash.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Scott Chambliss.  Costume Design by Sarah Edwards.  Film Editing by Stuart Baird, John Gilroy.  Academy Awards 2010.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2010. A…

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The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood, Leonardo Bercovici, based on the novel by Robert Nathan.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson, George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Adrian, Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Monica Collingwood.   Delightful romantic comedy about a frustrated…

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Ghost Town (2008)

DAVID KOEPP Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2008.  DreamWorks, Spyglass Entertainment, Pariah.  Screenplay by David Koepp, John Kamps.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Gavin Polone.  Music by Geoff Zanelli.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Sarah Edwards.  Film Editing by Sam Seig.  Toronto International Film Festival 2008. Insipid romantic comedy that is neither funny nor particularly romantic, starring Ricky…

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The Interpreter (2005)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/France, 2005.  Universal Pictures, Working Title Films, Misher Films, Mirage Enterprises, StudioCanal, Motion Picture JOTA Produktions.  Story by Martin Stellman, Brian Ward, Screenplay by Charles Randolph, Scott Frank, Steven Zaillian.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kevin Misher.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Jon…

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Liberty Films.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, additional scenes by Jo Swerling, from a story by Philip Van Doren Stern.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc, Joseph Walker, Victor Milner.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Jack Okey, William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by…

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