The Upside (2017)

NEIL BURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Escape Artists, Lantern Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jon Hartmere, based on the motion picture Intouchables by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Nick Greece, Steve Tisch.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design…

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The Only Living Boy In New York (2017)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 2017.  Amazon Studios, Bona Fide Productions, Big Indie Pictures.  Screenplay by Allan Loeb.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Michelle Matland, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Tim Streeto.  Callum Turner does his best with a wooden screenplay as a…

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Ben Is Back (2018)

PETER HEDGES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 2018.  Black Bear Pictures, 30West, Color Force.  Screenplay by Peter Hedges.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Peter Hedges, Nina Jacobson, Teddy Schwarzman, Brad Simpson.  Music by Dickon Hinchliffe.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Ian Blume.  Julia Roberts is preparing for Christmas Eve with husband (Courtney…

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I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2011.  The Weinstein Company.  Screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the novel by Allison Pearson.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Donna Gigliotti.  Music by Aaron Zigman.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Camilla Toniolo.   Sarah Jessica Parker is a successful trader at a financial investment firm…

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The Tempest (2010)

JULIE TAYMOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2010.  Miramax, TalkStory Productions, Artemis Films, Mumbai Mantra Media, Prologue Films, Chartoff Hendee Productions, Chartoff Productions, Touchstone Pictures. Screenplay by Julie Taymor, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, Lynne Hendee, Jason K. Lau, Julia Taylor-Stanley, Julie Taymor.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design…

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Once Were Warriors (1994)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  New Zealand, 1994.  Communicado Productions, New Zealand Film Commission, Avalon/NFU, New Zealand On Air. Screenplay by Riwia Brown, based on the novel by Alan Duff.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Robin Scholes.  Music by Murray Grindlay, Murray McNabb.  Production Design by Michael Kane.  Costume Design by Pauline Bowkett.  Film Editing by Michael Horton.   Fascinating, intense drama…

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Analyze This (1999)

HAROLD RAMIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.    USA/Australia, 1999.  Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Baltimore Pictures, Spring Creek Productions, Face Productions, Tribeca Productions.  Story by Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan, Screenplay by Peter Tolan, Harold Ramis, Kenneth Lonergan.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Jane Rosenthal, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard.  Film Editing by…

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The Perez Family (1995)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1995.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Robin Swicord, based on the novel by Christine Bell.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Michael Nozik.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Eduardo Castro.  Film Editing by Robert Estrin, Greg Finton. A Cuban family is trying to…

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Amelia (2009)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Avalon Pictures, AE Electra Productions.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, Anna Hamilton Phelan, based on the books East To The Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler and The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Mary S. Lovell.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced…

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Runaway Bride (1999)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5.  USA, 1999.  Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Interscope Communications, Lakeshore Entertainment.  Screenplay by Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Robert W. Cort, Ted Field, Scott Kroopf, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.   Idiotic romantic…

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Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

SHARON MAGUIRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/France, 2001.  Miramax, Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Little Bird.  Screenplay by Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis, based on the novel by Helen Fielding.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Jonathan Cavendish, Eric Fellner.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Gemma Jackson.  Costume Design by Rachael Fleming.  Film Editing by…

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Kate And Leopold (2001)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Konrad Pictures, Miramax.  Story by Steven Rogers, Screenplay by James Mangold, Steven Rogers.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Cathy Konrad.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by David Brenner.  You have to be quite the humbug not to enjoy this heartwarming romance…

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