Across 110th Street (1973)

BARRY SHEAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1973. Film Guarantors. Screenplay by Luther Davis, based on the novel Across 110th by Wally Ferris. Cinematography by Jack Priestley. Produced by Fouad Said, Ralph B. Sharpe. Music by J.J. Johnson. Production Design by Perry Watkins. Costume Design by Joseph Fretwell III. Film Editing by Byron…

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Christmas Evil (1980)

LEWIS JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  Alternate Title:  You Better Watch Out USA, 1980.  Edward R. Pressman Productions.  Screenplay by Lewis Jackson.  Cinematography by Ricardo Aronovich.  Produced by Pete Kameron, Burt Kleiner.  Music by Don Christensen, Joel Harris, Julia Heyward.  Production Design by Lorenzo Mans.  Costume Design by Deirdre N. Williams.  Film Editing by…

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Rollercoaster (1977)

JAMES GOLDSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1977.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Sanford Sheldon, Richard Levinson, William Link, Screenplay by Richard Levinson, William Link, suggested by a story by Tommy Cook.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Jennings Lang.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Edward A. Biery, Richard M. Sprague….

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The First Wives Club (1996)

HUGH WILSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Harling, based on the novel by Olivia Goldsmith.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by John Bloom.  Academy Awards 1996.  National Board of Review Awards 1996. Serious alterations have been…

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Ethan Frome (1993)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1993.  American Playhouse, British Broadcasting Corporation, Richard Price.  Screenplay by Richard Nelson, based on the novel by Edith Wharton.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Stan Wlodkowski.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Katherine Wenning. If you could handle the depression of The…

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The Artist (2011)

MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   France/Belgium, 2011.  Studio 37, La Petite Reine, La Classe Américaine, JD Prod, France 3 Cinema, Jouror Productions, uFilm, Canal+, CineCinema, France Télévision, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Federal de Belgique.  Screenplay by Michel Hazanavicius.  Cinematography by Guillaume Schiffman.  Produced by Thomas Langmann.  Music by Ludovic Bource.  Production Design by Laurence Bennett.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film…

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G.I. Jane (1997)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1997.  Caravan Pictures, First Independent Films, Hollywood Pictures, Largo Entertainment, Moving Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Trap-Two-Zero Productions Inc..  Story by Danielle Alexandra, Screenplay by David Twohy, Danielle Alexandra.  Cinematography by Hugh Johnson.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Demi Moore, Ridley Scott, Suzanne Todd.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design…

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Lianna (1983)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1983.  Winwood Productions.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Austin De Besche.  Produced by Jeffrey Nelson, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Jeanne McDonnell.  Costume Design by Louise Martinez.  Film Editing by John Sayles.   After years of a seemingly happy marriage, Lianna (Linda Griffiths) decides to leave her husband because…

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Lone Star (1996)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Castle Rock Entertainment, Rio Dulce.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by R. Paul Miller, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Academy Awards 1996.  Golden Globe Awards 1996.  Independent Spirit Awards 1996.  National Board of…

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City Of Hope (1991)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Esperanza Films Inc., The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Sarah Green, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Bishop, Dianna Freas.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by John Sayles.   John Sayles’ tale of urban drama is a multi-casted tale that takes…

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Eight Men Out (1988)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1988.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by John Sayles, based on the book by Eliot Asinof.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Nora Chavooshian.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by John Tintori.   John Sayles’ brilliant exposé of a very dark time in the…

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Broadcast News (1987)

JAMES L. BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1987.  Amercent Films, American Entertainment Partners L.P., Gracie Films.  Screenplay by James L. Brooks.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by James L. Brooks.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by Molly Maginnis.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  Podcast:  My Criterions. A picture-perfect but intellectually slight anchorman (William Hurt), a brilliant…

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