Ricki And The Flash (2015)

JONATHAN DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2015.  Clinica Estetico, LStar Capital, TriStar Pictures.  Screenplay by Diablo Cody.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Diablo Cody, Gary Goetzman, Mason Novick, Marc Platt.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Wyatt Smith. Years after she walked out on her husband and three kids to pursue…

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Charlotte’s Web (2006)

GARY WINICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2006.  Paramount Pictures, Walden Media, Kerner Entertainment Company, Nickelodeon Movies, Film Victoria, KMP Film Invest, Sandman Studios.  Story by Earl Hamner Jr., Screenplay by Susannah Grant, Karey Kirkpatrick, based on the book by E.B. White.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Jordan Kerner.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Rita…

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I.Q. (1994)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Paramount Pictures, Sandollar.  Story by Andy Breckman, Screenplay by Andy Breckman, Michael Leeson.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Carol Baum, Fred Schepisi.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock.   You knew that he was one of the greatest minds whose thoughts were ever…

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When A Man Loves A Woman (1994)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1994.  Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, Al Franken.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Jon Avnet, Jordan Kerner.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Linda M. Bass.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Alcoholism is given the shallow Ross Hunter treatment in this silly soap opera.  Meg Ryan is happily…

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Enchanted (2007)

KEVIN LIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Walt Disney Pictures, Josephson Entertainment, Andalasia Productions, Right Coast Productions.  Screenplay by Bill Kelly.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld.  Music by Alan Menken.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Mona May.  Film Editing by Gregory Perler, Stephen A. Rotter.  Academy Awards 2007.  Golden Globe Awards 2007.  Phoenix Film Critics…

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Used People (1992)

BEEBAN KIDRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 1992.  JVC Entertainment Networks, Largo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Todd Graff, based on his plays The Grandma Plays.  Produced by Peggy Rajski.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by John Tintori.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.   Delightful romantic comedy by Beeban Kidron, about love among the…

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Hester Street (1975)

JOAN MICKLIN SILVER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1975.  Midwest Films.  Screenplay by Joan Micklin Silver, based on the novel by Abraham Cahan.  Cinematography by Kenneth Van Sickle.  Produced by Raphael D. Silver.  Music by William Bolcom.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Robert Pusilo.  Film Editing by Katherine Wenning.   Filmed in black and white and taking place in…

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The Ghost And The Darkness (1996)

STEPHEN HOPKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Constellation Entertainment, Douglas/Reuther Productions, Bernina Film, Mont Blanc Entertainment GmbH.  Screenplay by William Goldman.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by A. Kitman Ho, Gale Anne Hurd, Paul B. Radin.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Roger Bondelli, Robert Brown, Steve Mirkovich.  Academy Awards 1996.  …

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Romeo Is Bleeding

BB (out of 5) Unattractively violent film has a crooked cop (Gary Oldman) meet his match in a sexy hit woman (Lena Olin). It’s nonsense, and I can hardly remember it because it was too boring to pay attention to. Fans of the cast might want to take a look, but otherwise I don’t think…

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The Mambo Kings

BBBB (out of 5) Sturdy, enjoyable adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is best remembered for its introducing sexy Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas to English-speaking cinema. He and Armand Assante play Cuban musicians living in Miami whose various life experiences lead them through various volatile relationships and eventually to their big break playing their tunes on…

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Suspect (1987)

PETER YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 1987.  TriStar Pictures, ML Delphi Premier Productions.  Screenplay by Eric Roth.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by Daniel A. Sherkow.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Ray Lovejoy. Cher is marvelous in this taut, entertaining thriller as a lawyer who is given the impossible…

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Hope Springs

DAVID FRANKEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Mandate Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Entertainment 360, Escape Artists.  Screenplay by Vanessa Taylor.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Todd Black, Guymon Casady.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.  Golden Globe Awards 2012.   The reunion of Meryl Streep with her Devil…

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