Mister Johnson (1990)

BRUCE BERESFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1990. Avenue Pictures.  Screenplay by William Boyd, based on the novel by Joyce Cary.  Cinematography by Peter James. Produced by Michael Fitzgerald.  Music by Georges Delerue. Production Design by Herbert Pinter. Costume Design by Rosemary Burrows.  Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon. Bruce Beresford returns audiences to…

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

STEVE JAMES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2016.  Blue Ice Films, Kartemquin Films, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures.  Cinematography by Tom Bergmann.  Produced by Julie Goldman, Mark Mitten.  Music by Joshua Abrams.  Production Design by Christine Cornell, Matthew Taylor.  Film Editing by John Farbrother, David E. Simpson.  Academy Awards 2017.  National Board of Review Awards 2017. North Carolina Film Critics Awards…

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The Delta Force (1986)

MENAHEM GOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/Israel, 1986.  Golan-Globus Productions.  Screenplay by James Bruner, Menahem Golan.  Cinematography by David Gurfinkel.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Luciano Spadoni.  Costume Design by Tami Mor.  Film Editing by Alain Jakubowicz. Having previously made an Oscar nominated film about the 1976 Air France hijacking that resulted in…

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Hollywood Shuffle

ROBERT TOWNSEND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1987.  Conquering Unicorn.  Screenplay by Dom Irrera, Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Robert Townsend.  Music by Udi Harpaz, Patrice Rushen.  Production Design by Melba Katzman Farquhar.  Costume Design by Andre Allen.  Film Editing by W.O. Garrett.  Independent Spirit Awards 1987.   Robert Townsend does a fantastic job of taking Hollywood…

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The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  A-Train Films.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Peggy Rajski, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Martin Brody, Mason Daring.  Production Design by Nora Chavooshian.  Costume Design by Karen Perry.  Film Editing by John Sayles.   This enjoyable, low-budget science-fiction film tackles racism in a clever way. After an alien (Joe…

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Stevie

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Steve James follows his magnificent Hoop Dreams with this blistering documentary about his reunion with former friend Stephen Fielding, whom he met while mentoring him as a Big Brother years earlier. Catching up with Stevie, James now finds a young man who is in constant trouble with the law and has…

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Hoop Dreams

BBBBB (out of 5) This incredible documentary is everything you’ve heard it is and more. It follows the lives of two inner city Chicago kids who want more than anything to play basketball for the NBA, but what it also does, and here’s where the film is elevated to masterpiece status, is give a wholly…

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Mask (1985)

PETER BOGDANOVICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1985.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Anna Hamilton Phelan.   Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.   Produced by Martin Starger.   Music by Dennis Ricotta.   Production Design by Norman Newberry.  Costume Design by G. Tony Scarano, Marla Denise Schlom.  Film Editing by Barbara Ford.   Academy Awards 1985.  Cannes Film Festival 1985.  Golden Globe Awards 1985….

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The Player (1992)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Avenue Pictures, Spelling Entertainment, Addis Wechsler Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Tolkin, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Jean Lepine.  Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Alexander Julian.  Film Editing by Maysie Hoy, Geraldine Peroni.  Academy Awards 1992.  Boston Film Critics Awards…

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