Little Women (2019)

GRETA GERWIG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   USA, 2019.  Columbia Pictures, Instinctual VFX, New Regency Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Screenplay by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Yorick Le Saux.  Produced by Denise Di Novi, Amy Pascal, Robin Swicord.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production…

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Manchester By The Sea (2016)

KENNETH LONERGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2016.  Amazon Studios, K Period Media, Pearl Street Films, The Media Farm, The Affleck/Middleton Project, B Story, Big Indie Pictures, CMP, OddLot Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kenneth Lonergan.  Cinematography by Jody Lee Lipes.  Produced by Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh.  Music by  Lesley Barber.  Production Design by…

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Cafe Society (2016)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 2016.  FilmNation Entertainment, Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter. Woody Allen reaches a career low with this tired and charmless period piece. Jesse Eisenberg heads out to Los…

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Black Mass (2015)

SCOTT COOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2015.  Cross Creek Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Le Grisbi Productions, Head Gear Films, Vendian Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mark Mallouk, Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr, Gerard O’Neill.  Cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi.  Produced by Scott Cooper, John Lesher, Patrick McCormick, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson.  Music by Junkie XL.  Production Design…

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Irrational Man (2015)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    USA, 2015.  Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Carl Sprague.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Woody Allen returns to the landscape of dubious moral conundrums that he covered so well in Crimes And Misdemeanors…

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Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

EDWARD D. WOOD JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1959.  Reynolds Pictures.  Screenplay by Edward D. Wood, Jr..  Cinematography by William C. Thompson.  Produced by Edward D. Wood Jr..  Production Design by Tom Kemp.  Film Editing by Edward D. Wood Jr..   King of the So Bad It’s Good genre, Ed Wood’s most famous film is actually a heck of a lot…

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Shutter Island (2010)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2010.  Paramount Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Sikelia Productions, Appian Way.  Screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Brad Fischer, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Martin Scorsese.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.  National Board of Review Awards 2010. …

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Passionada (2002)

DAN IRELAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.    USA, 2002.  Command Performance Productions, Sandyo Productions.  Story by David Bakalar, Screenplay by Jim Jermanok, Steve Jermanok. Cinematography by Claudio Rocha.  Produced by David Bakalar.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by John Frick.  Costume Design by Rudy Dillon.  Film Editing by Luis Colina.   The cliches are exhausting in this poorly made romantic comedy….

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The Proposition (1998)

B.5 (out of 5) William Hurt and Madeleine Stowe play a filthy rich, prominent society couple whose marital troubles are centered on the fact that he can’t get her pregnant. To solve the problem, they hire a young lawyer from Hurt’s firm (Neil Patrick Harris) to do the job, but he falls in love with the leading…

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Blue Jasmine (2013)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2013.  Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Academy Awards 2013.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2013. Dorian Awards 2013.   Golden Globe Awards 2013.   Gotham Awards 2013.  Independent Spirit Awards…

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The Departed (2006)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Hong Kong, 2006.  Warner Bros., Plan B Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group, Vertigo Entertainment, Media Asia Films.  Screenplay by William Monahan, based on the screenplay Mou Gaan Dou by Alan Mak, Felix Chong.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Brad Grey, Brad Pitt, Gianni Nunnari, Graham King.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Kristi…

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Mystic River (2003)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Australia, 2003.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Malpaso Productions.  Screenplay by Brian Helgeland, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane.  Cinematography by Tom Stern.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Judie Hoyt, Robert Lorenz.  Music by Clint Eastwood.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing by Joel Cox.  Academy Awards 2003.  American…

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