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.   Serious alterations have been made to Olivia Goldsmith’s original novel, but it’s…

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Where The Heart Is (2000)

MATT WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Twentieth Century Fox, Wind Dancer Productions.  Screenplay by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, based on the novel by Billie Letts.  Cinematography by Richard Greatrex. Produced by Susan Cartsonis, David McFadzean, Patricia Whitcher, Matt Williams.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Paul Peters.  Costume Design by Melinda Eshelman.  Film Editing by Ian Crafford.   Natalie Portman plays a…

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The Business Of Strangers (2001)

PATRICK STETTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Headquarters, i5 Films.  Screenplay by Patrick Stettner.  Cinematography by Teodoro Maniaci.  Produced by Robert H. Nathan, Susan A. Stover.  Music by Alex Lasarenko.  Production Design by Dina Goldman.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone, Dawn Weisberg.  Film Editing by Keiko Deguchi.   This excellent film is the cinematic equivalent of Madonna’s hit song “What It Feels Like For…

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Six Degrees Of Separation (1993)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Maiden Movies, New Regency Pictures.  Screenplay by John Guare, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Fred Schepisi.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.   John Guare adapts his excellent play to the big screen with…

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The Cheap Detective (1978)

ROBERT MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, EMI Films, Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by Neil Simon. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Patrick Williams.   Production Design by Robert Luthardt.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin, Michael A. Stevenson.   Neil Simon wrote two hilarious spoofs of traditional murder…

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Up The Sandbox (1972)

IRVIN KERSHNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1972.   Barwood Films, First Artists.   Screenplay by Paul Zindel, based on the novel by Anne Richardson Roiphe.   Cinematography by Gordon Willis.   Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.   Music by Billy Goldenberg.   Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.   Film Editing by Robert Lawrence.    Barbra…

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Grease (1978)

RANDAL KLEISER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1978.  Paramount Pictures, Robert Stigwood Organization, Allan Carr Production.  Screenplay by Bronte Woodard, adaptation by Allan Carr, based on the original musical by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Allan Carr, Robert Stigwood.  Music by Bill Oakes.  Production Design by Philip M. Jefferies.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by John…

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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

BEEBAN KIDRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment. Screenplay by Douglas Carter Beane.  Cinematography by Steve Mason.  Produced by G. Mac Brown.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   When a novice drag queen (John Leguizamo) fails miserably in a local pageant, grand prize co-winners…

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Life Or Something Like It (2002)

STEPHEN HEREK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2002.  Regency Enterprises, Davis Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Atchity Entertainment International, Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l..  Story by John Scott Shepherd, Screenplay by John Scott Shepherd, Dana Stevens.  Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.  Produced by John Davis, Toby Jaffe, Arnon Milchan, Chi-Li Wong.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by…

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Married To It (1991)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1991.  Screenplay by Janet Kovalcik.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Thomas Baer.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.   In the tradition of Grand Canyon and The Big Chill, here’s yet another ensemble cast drama about adults making their…

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Bright Young Things (2003)

STEPHEN FRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB. United Kingdom, 2003.  The Film Consortium, UK Film Council, Visionview Production, Icon Films, Revolution Films, Doubting Hall Limited.  Screenplay by Stephen Fry, based on the novel Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh.  Cinematography by Henry Braham.  Produced by Gina Carter, Miranda Davis.  Music by Anne Dudley.  Production Design by Michael Howells.  Costume Design by Nic…

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Staying Together

LEE GRANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   Enjoyable family drama directed by Oscar-winner Lee Grant has strong characters and an unsentimental but emotional story that overcomes its deja vu qualities. Three brothers experience instant coming-of-age when their restaurant-owning father announces that he has sold his establishment as he is sick and tired of it….

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