I Hate Valentine’s Day (2009)

NIA VARDALOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.    USA, 2009.  Blue Star Pictures, I Hate Vday Productions, ICB Entertainment Finance, My Bench Productions.  Story by Nia Vardalos, Stephen David, Ben Zook, Screenplay by Nia Vardalos.  Cinematography by Brian Pryzpek.  Produced by Madeleine Sherak, William Sherak, Jason Shuman.  Music by Keith Power.  Production Design by…

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Where Is Kyra? (2017)

ANDREW DOSUNMU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017. Big Indie Pictures, Killer Films, Little Minx, Oldgarth Media.  Story by Andrew Dosunmu, Darci Picoult, Screenplay by Darci Picoult.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by David Hinojosa, Rhea Scott, Christine Vachon.  Music by Philip Miller.  Production Design by Lucio Seixas.  Costume Design by Mobolaji Dawodu.  Film Editing by Oriana Soddu. Michelle…

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A Dirty Shame (2004)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2004.  Fine Line Features, This Is That Productions, Killer Films, John Wells Productions, City Lights Pictures.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Steve Gainer.  Produced by Ted Hope, Christine Vachon.  Music by George S. Clinton.  Production Design by Vincent Peranio.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Wolf.  Toronto International Film Festival 2004.   Tracey Ullman is a…

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Illuminata (1998)

JOHN TURTURRO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Spain/USA/Japan, 1998.  CDI, GreeneStreet Films, JVC Entertainment Networks, Overseas FilmGroup, Sogepaq.  Screenplay by Brandon Cole, John Turturro, based on the play by Brandon Cole.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by John Penotti, John Turturro.  Music by Arnold Black, William Bolcom.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Roman Paska, Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Michael Berenbaum.  Cannes Film…

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Mystic Pizza (1988)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1988.  Night Life Inc., The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Virgin Vision.  Story by Amy Holden Jones, Screenplay by Amy Holden Jones, Perry Howze, Randy Howze, Alfred Uhry.  Cinematography by Tim Suhrstedt.  Produced by Mark Levinson, Scott M. Rosenfelt.  Music by David McHugh.  Production Design by David Chapman.  Costume Design by Jennifer von Mayrhauser.  Film Editing…

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Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1990.  Carolco Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin.  Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Brian Morris.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Rolf. Years after he served in Vietnam, Tim Robbins is trying to put his life together while at the same time…

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Lolita (1997)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1997.  Guild, Lolita Productions, Pathé.  Screenplay by Stephen Schiff, based on the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Julie Monroe.  National Board of Review Awards 1998.   Vladimir…

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Living Out Loud (1998)

RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Jersey Films, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Jon Gregory, Lynzee Klingman.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998. Powerful film inspired by Chekhov stories from…

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Working Girl (1988)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1988.   Twentieth Century Fox.   Screenplay by Kevin Wade.   Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.   Produced by Douglas Wick.   Music by Rob Mounsey.   Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.   Costume Design by Ann Roth.   Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    One of the most polished and satisfying comedies of the eighties is…

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Goodfellas (1990)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese, based on the novel Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Irwin Winkler.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by James Y. Kwei, Thelma Schoonmaker.   Martin Scorsese’s greatest achievement among his Tough Guys movies. Featuring…

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Requiem For A Dream (2000)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2000.  Artisan Entertainment, Thousand Words, Sibling Productions, Protozoa Pictures, Industry Entertainment, Bandeira Entertainment, Requiem for a Dream, Truth and Soul Pictures.  Screenplay by Hubert Selby Jr., Darren Aronofsky, based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr..  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Eric Watson, Palmer West.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by James…

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