Five Corners (1987)

TONY BILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1987. Cineplex Odeon Films, HandMade Films. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Tony Bill, Forrest Murray. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Adrianne Lobel. Costume Design by Peggy Farrell. Film Editing by Andy Blumenthal. John Patrick Shanley pays…

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The Vanishing (1993)

GEORGE SLUIZER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1993.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Todd Graff, based on the novel The Golden Egg by Tim Krabbe.  Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Larry Brezner, Paul Schiff.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Durinda Wood.  Film Editing by Bruce Green. American remakes of foreign films are hardly ever as good…

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The Beautician And The Beast (1997)

KEN KWAPIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  High School Sweethearts, Koch Company, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Todd Graff.  Cinematography by Peter Lyons Collister.  Produced by Todd Graff, Hawk Koch.  Music by Cliff Eidelman.  Production Design by Rusty Smith.  Costume Design by Barbara Tfank.  Film Editing by Jon Poll.   Forget that the plot reeks of thievery from such well-known classics as The…

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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.   Delightful romantic comedy by Beeban Kidron, about love among the senior set. On…

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Camp

BB.5 (out of 5) The hilarious adventures of teenagers at a musical camp are the subject of this enjoyable film, one which will have limited appeal only to those who like musicals. The kids are an assortment of unhappy misfits who have found the one place in the world where they really fit in. Gay…

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Death To Smoochy (2002)

DANNY DEVITO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2002.  Warner Bros., FilmFour, Senator Film Produktion, Mad Chance, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Adam Resnick. Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos.  Produced by Andrew Lazar, Peter Macgregor-Scott.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Jon Poll.   It’s hard to imagine movies sinking lower…

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Angie (1994)

MARTHA COOLIDGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5. USA, 1994.  Caravan Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Morra, Brezner, Steinberg and Tenenbaum Entertainment.  Screenplay by Todd Graff, based on the novel by Avra Wing.  Cinematography by Johnny E. Jensen.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Patrick McCormick.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Jane Robinson.  Film Editing by Steven Cohen.   Based on Avra Wing’s…

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City Of Hope (1991)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Esperanza Films Inc., The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Sarah Green, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Bishop, Dianna Freas.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by John Sayles.   John Sayles’ tale of urban drama is a multi-casted tale that takes…

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The Abyss (1989)

JAMES CAMERON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1989.  Twentieth Century Fox, Pacific Western, Lightstorm Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Cameron.  Cinematography by Mikael Salomon.  Produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Van Ling.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Deborah Everton.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV, Joel Goodman, Steven Quale, Howard E. Smith.   Ed Harris leads a team…

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Strange Days (1995)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1995.  Lightstorm Entertainment.  Story by James Cameron, Screenplay by James Cameron, Jay Cocks.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by James Cameron, Steven-Charles Jaffe.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Howard E. Smith. It’s New Year’s Eve 1999, and slick underworld dealer Ralph…

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Joyful Noise

BB (out of 5) The thought of putting Dolly Parton, always a welcome presence on screen, and Queen Latifah together in a musical should produce something irresistible, but the end result is bizarre garbage.  The two ladies play members of a small town’s church choir (where the lighting always dims for performances in church) who,…

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