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BBBB (out of 5) On the cusp of a terrific career in music, pianist Ray Charles Robinson, later to be known only by his first and middle name, defines a style of performance that incorporates jazz, swing and gospel to an effect that some call sacrilegious but everyone else finds irresistible. He also discovers a…

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What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

BRIAN GIBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB. USA, 1993.  Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Kate Lanier, based on the book I, Tina by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder.  Cinematography by Jamie Anderson.  Produced by Doug Chapin, Barry Krost.  Music by Stanley Clarke.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Stuart H. Pappé.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.    Tina Turner’s…

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Beyond Therapy (1987)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1987.  New World Pictures, A Roger Berlind Production, Sandcastle 5 Productions.  Screenplay by Christopher Durang, Robert Altman, based on the play by Christopher Durang.  Cinematography by Pierre Mignot.  Produced by Steven Haft.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by John Hay.  Film Editing by Jennifer Auge.   Odd adaptation…

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Gosford Park (2001)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/Italy, 2001.  USA Films, Capitol Films,  Film Council, Sandcastle 5 Productions, Chicagofilms, Medusa Film.  Idea by Robert Altman, Bob Balaban, Screenplay by Julian Fellowes.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Robert Altman, Bob Balaban, David Levy.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Academy Awards 2001. …

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Fool For Love (1985)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1985.  Cannon Group.  Screenplay by Sam Shepard, based on his play.  Cinematography by Pierre Mignot.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by George Burt.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Film Editing by Stephen P. Dunn, Luce Grunenwaldt.  Cannes Film Festival 1986.   Kim Basinger and Sam Shepard give wonderful performances in this adaptation of Shepard’s…

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A Perfect Couple (1979)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1979.  Lion’s Gate Films.  Screenplay by Robert Altman, Allan F. Nicholls.  Cinematography by Edmond L. Koons.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Tom Pierson.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Beth Alexander.  Film Editing by Tony Lombardo. A genuine low for Robert Altman, this examination of the beginnings of a difficult relationship…

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The Big Bounce (2004)

GEORGE ARMITAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2004.  Shangri-La Entertainment, Material, Taormina Productions.  Screenplay by Sebastian Gutierrez, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball.  Produced by George Armitage, Steve Bing, Jorge Saralegui.  Music by George S. Clinton.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox, Tracy Tynan.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan, Barry Malkin.  …

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Grosse Pointe Blank

GEORGE ARMITAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures, New Crime Productions.  Story by Tom Jankiewicz, Screenplay by Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack.  Cinematography by Jamie Anderson.  Produced by Susan Arnold, Roger Birnbaum.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Eugenie Bafaloukos.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan.   Dark comedy stars John Cusack as a government…

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Dr. T And The Women (2000)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2000.  Artisan Entertainment, Sandcastle 5 Productions.  Screenplay by Anne Rapp.  Cinematography by Jan Kiesser.  Produced by Robert Altman, James McLindon.  Music by Lyle Lovett.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Dona Granata.  Film Editing by Geraldine Peroni.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   This film promises so much at the outset before boiling down…

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Cookie’s Fortune (1999)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Elysian Dreams, Kudzu, Moonstone Entertainment, Sandcastle 5 Productions.  Screenplay by Anne Rapp.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by Robert Altman, Ernst Etchie Stroh.  Music by David A. Stewart.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Dona Granata.  Film Editing by Abraham Lim.  Independent Spirit Awards 1999. Marvellously clever comedy that marks Robert…

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The Gingerbread Man (1998)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Enchanter Entertainment, Island Pictures.  Story by John Grisham, Screenplay by Clyde Hayes.  Cinematography by Changwei Gu.  Produced by Jeremy Tannenbaum.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Dona Granata.  Film Editing by Geraldine Peroni.   Uneventful Robert Altman film written by John Grisham, the first time he has written…

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Kansas City (1996)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France/USA, 1996.  CiBy 2000, Sandcastle 5 Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Dona Granata.  Film Editing by Geraldine Peroni.  Cannes Film Festival 1996.  New York Film Critics Awards 1996.   Robert Altman falters somewhat in this story of jazz…

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