Last Night (2010)

B.5 (out of 5) Well, who wouldn’t want to sit through the troubled love story of an overwrought lollipop and an untalented troll? Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington make a horrendous onscreen pair as a couple who have been married four years and, following a dinner party, have a major tiff over a minor incident: he admits…

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Noel

B (out of 5) Chazz Palminteri directs an abysmally manipulative and forgettable ensemble comedy about lonely people looking for love on Christmas. Susan Sarandon has been left alone by tragic circumstances and has only her near-comatose mother for company; she makes friends with the family member of a patient in another room before wandering the city…

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Music And Lyrics

BB.5 (out of 5) Marc Lawrence has made a fictional romantic-comedy that explores one possibility, for those of us who have ever wondered, of what happened to the other guy from Wham!  Twenty years after his eighties pop band (appropriately named Pop!) was at the top of the charts, Hugh Grant lives a modest life playing…

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Two Weeks Notice

BBB (out of 5) Star power overcomes a weak and choppy screenplay in this middling comedy that has some memorably funny moments.  Sandra Bullock is excellent as a socially conscious civil rights-advocating lawyer who is hired by the head of an evil corporate giant (Hugh Grant) as his personal council. When the counselling ends up becoming…

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Did You Hear About The Morgans?

BB.5 (out of 5) Once a successful, high-profile couple, lawyer Paul (Hugh Grant) and real-estate agent Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker) are now separated following his act of infidelity with another woman. The night they decide to have dinner and talk things through, post break-up, they accidentally witness a murder and get a clear view of…

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Arthur (1981)

BBBB (out of 5) Dudley Moore is terrific as the spoiled heir to a vast fortune who is told that unless he marries beautiful Jill Eikenberry, the money he is expecting to inherit will not be given to him. Regardless of whether or not he loves her, Moore is required to bring respect to the family…

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Celebrity (1998)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Woody Allen has made a shallow film about shallow people, but hopefully the parade of famous faces who traverse the screen will…

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Deconstructing Harry (1997)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Sweetland Films, Jean Doumanian Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1997.     Woody Allen plays a popular scribe with writer’s block who spends two days re-examining his life and…

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Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax, Buena Vista Pictures, Magnolia Productions, Sweetland Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Golden Globe Awards 1996.   Woody Allen pays tribute to the classic musical genre but does not come up…

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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1995.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1995.  Golden Globe Awards 1995.  Toronto International Film Festival 1995.   Woody Allen and Helena Bonham Carter play a happy couple who decide to adopt a baby and…

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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Miramax, Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, Douglas McGrath.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994. John Cusack plays an idealistic playwright in 1930s New York City who decides that, for his…

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Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  TriStar Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   One of Woody Allen‘s most enjoyable film comedies. Diane Keaton plays a…

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