Toy Story 4 (2019)

JOSH COOLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2019.  Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Original story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes, Stephany Folsom, Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Stephany Folsom.   Cinematography by Jean-Claude Kalache, Patrick Lin.   Produced by Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera, Galyn Susman. …

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Marriage Story (2019)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2019.  Heyday Films, Netflix.  Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.    Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Noah Baumbach, David Heyman.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Jade Healy.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lame.  Academy Awards 2019.   AFI Film of the…

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The Only Living Boy In New York (2017)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 2017.  Amazon Studios, Bona Fide Productions, Big Indie Pictures.  Screenplay by Allan Loeb.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Michelle Matland, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Tim Streeto.  Callum Turner does his best with a wooden screenplay as a…

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Book Club (2018)

BILL HOLDERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 2018.  Apartment Story, June Pictures.  Screenplay by Bill Holderman, Erin Simms.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Andrew Duncan, Bill Holderman, Alex Saks, Erin Simms.  Music by Peter Nashel.  Production Design by Rachel O’Toole.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly. Four Los Angeles women have stayed connected thanks to their…

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Maggie’s Plan (2015)

REBECCA MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2015.  Franklin Street, Freedom Media, Hall Monitor, Hyperion Media Group, Locomotive, Rachael Horovitz Productions, Round Films.  Screenplay by Rebecca Miller, based on the story by Karen Rinaldi.  Cinematography by Sam Levy.  Produced by Damon Cardasis, Rachael Horovitz, Rebecca Miller.  Music by Michael Rohatyn.  Production Design by Alexandra Schaller.  Costume Design by Malgosia Turzanska.  Film…

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Starting Over (1979)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James L. Brooks, based on the novel by Dan Wakefield.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by James L. Brooks, Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by John Boxer.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman.  Academy Awards 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.   Candice Bergen is…

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Vamps (2012)

AMY HECKERLING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2012.  Lucky Monkey Pictures, Red Hour Films, Alvernia Production, Parlay Films, Electric Shadow USA, Alvernia Studios, Vamps.  Screenplay by Amy Heckerling.  Cinematography by Tim Suhrstedt.  Produced by Maria Teresa Arida, Adam Brightman, Stuart Cornfeld, Molly Hassell, Lauren Versel.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Dan Leigh.  Costume Design by Mona May.  Film Editing…

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Toy Story 3 (2010)

LEE UNKRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2010.  Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios.  Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Screenplay by Michael Arndt.  Produced by Darla K. Anderson.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Bob Pauley.  Film Editing by Ken Schretzmann.  Academy Awards 2010.  American Film Institute 2010.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2010.   Golden Globe Awards 2010.  Las Vegas…

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Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle (1994)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Fine Line Features, Mayfair Entertainment, Miramax, Odyssey Entertainment, Park Bench Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph, Randy Sue Coburn.  Cinematography by Jan Kiesser.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Francois Seguin.  Costume Design by Renee April, John Hay.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.  Academy Awards 1994.  Cannes Film Festival 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.  Independent…

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The Moderns (1988)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.  USA, 1988.  Nelson Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph, John Bradshaw.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by David Blocker, Carolyn Pfeiffer.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Steven Legler.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Scott Brock, Debra T. Smith.  Independent Spirit Awards 1988.   This meandering drama features characters who constantly threaten to be memorable but…

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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

TONY RICHARDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 1984.  Woodfall Film Productions, Filmline Productions, Producers Circle.  Screenplay by Tony Richardson, based on the novel by John Irving. Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Neil Hartley, Pieter Kroonenburg, David J. Patterson.  Production Design by Jocelyn Herbert.  Costume Design by Jocelyn Herbert.  Film Editing by Robert K. Lambert.   Further proof, after The…

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Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002)

REBECCA MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Blue Magic Pictures, Goldheart Pictures, IFC Productions, InDigEnt.  Screenplay by Rebecca Miller, based on her book.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Alexis Alexanian, Lemore Syvan, Gary Winick.  Music by Michael Rohatyn.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Marie Abma.  Film Editing by Sabine Hoffman.  Independent Spirit Awards 2002.  National Board of Review Awards 2002.  New…

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