Wonder Wheel (2017)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Amazon Studios, Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Erika Aronson, Letty Aronson, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   It’s Coney Island in the 1950s, and while all of New York gathers in crowds on the beach underneath…

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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.  Cannes Film Festival 2016.   Woody Allen reaches a career low with this tired and charmless period piece. Jesse Eisenberg heads out to…

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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.  Cannes Film Festival 2015.   Woody Allen returns to the landscape of dubious moral conundrums that he covered so well in Crimes…

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Magic In The Moonlight (2014)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2014.  Gravier Productions, Dippermouth Productions, Perdido Productions, Ske-Dat-De-Dat Productions, Cinéfrance 1888.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Anne Seibel.  Costume Design by Sonia Grande.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Woody Allen has such a good time lazing in the bright sunshine of the…

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Fading Gigolo

B.5 (out of 5) Packing up the last inventory while closing his book store, impending retiree Woody Allen tells friend and sometimes assistant John Turturro that he has stumbled upon a terrific proposition for him: his gorgeous dermatologist (Sharon Stone) wants to do a threesome with her best friend (Sofía Vergara) and is willing to pay…

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The Impostors

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that is short on substance but long on rollicking humour. Tucci and Oliver Platt play two down-and-out unemployed actors who find themselves stowing away on an ocean liner when they have to hide out from an esteemed actor (Alfred Molina) they…

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Charlie: The Life and Art Of Charles Chaplin

BBBB (out of 5) Those disappointed in Richard Attenborough’s film Chaplin should definitely take a look at this excellent documentary, as it features information on his colourful personal life but concentrates on what made him the most beloved figure in cinematic history: his work. Narrated by Sydney Pollack and featuring a vast array of film clips…

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Play It Again, Sam

BBBB (out of 5) Hysterical comedy, adapted by Woody Allen from his own play. He plays a Bogart-obsessed film writer who goes looking for love after his wife leaves him. His friends Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts are constantly trying to find women to set him up with, but Allen grows to realize that the…

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Scenes From A Mall

BB.5 (out of 5) Paul Mazursky continues to make humorous reinterpretations of famous foreign films, here taking Ingmar Bergman’s somber Scenes From A Marriage and setting it in sunny California.  Bickering couple Bette Midler and Woody Allen hash it out in that suburban mecca, the shopping mall, on the day of their anniversary, and the happy…

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The Front

BBBB (out of 5) This was one of the first major Hollywood films to deal with the shameful blacklist of the 50s and 60s. After a group of writers have been fired from various studios for having been found to be politically controversial, they approach politically unmotivated cashier Woody Allen and ask him to take…

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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.  Golden Globe Awards 2013.   Cate Blanchett leaves New York and heads to San Francisco, formerly a super rich Park Avenue matron…

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Casino Royale (1967)

BB (out of 5) This parody of James Bond movies was probably funnier when it first came out in 1967, but it is certainly stale now. David Niven plays the famous superspy as a tottering old fart who gallivants about in a clunky car and speaks like the perfect British gentleman complete with Sherlock Holmes hat…

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