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Barry Levinson

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DinerDiner (1982) Recommended
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Kevin Bacon
Endearing, and enduring, tale of college friends growing up in the 1950s Baltimore was a box–office flop but soon found an enthusiastic…
Natural, TheNatural, The (1984)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger
The classic novel by Bernard Malamud gets a typical Hollywood going over, with Robert Redford playing a young dreamer who aspires to baseball…
Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of FearYoung Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear (1985) Recommended
Dir. Barry Levinson
Highly watchable updating of Sherlock Holmes, with his teenage incarnation plumbing 'thugee' cult mysteries in Victorian London. Notable at the…
Good Morning, VietnamGood Morning, Vietnam (1987) Recommended
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker
Robin Williams tour–de–force performance as an irreverant, rebel radio–jock stationed in Saigon during the Vietnam War. The funny…
Tin MenTin Men (1987)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Danny De Vito, Richard Dreyfuss, Barbara Hershey
A bitter feud escalates between aluminum–cladding salesm en Danny De Vito and Richard Dreyfuss in the 1950s. Both chinwaggers are in their…
Rain ManRain Man (1988) Recommended
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino
Oscar–winning road drama featuring Dustin Hoffman's virtuoso performance as the idiot savant brother of Tom Cruise, who does equally well in a…
AvalonAvalon (1990)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn
The director's semi–autobiography is a gorgeously lensed account of a Polish immigrant family facing the trials and tribulations of growing up…
BugsyBugsy (1991)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Warren Beatty, Annette Bening
Glamourous portrait of infamous gangster 'Bugsy' Siegel, whose dream to build Las Vegas turned out to be his fatal flaw. Warren Beatty, Annette…
ToysToys (1993)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack
Even Robin Williams' enormous talent and inspired art direction fail to enliven this comic fantasy. It plays more like a bad dream from which you…
Homicide (TV Series) Homicide (TV Series) (Life On The Street) (1993-1999) Recommended
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Richard Belzer, Ned Beatty, Yaphet Kotto
Award–winning cop drama, from the creator of THE WIRE, centred on a group of homicide detectives investigating grisly crimes on the tough…
Jimmy HollywoodJimmy Hollywood (1994)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Joe Pesci, Christian Slater, Victoria Abril
Joe Pesci is marvellous as a starry–eyed Hollywood no–hoper whose attention–seeking transforms him into a vigilante media hero with…
DisclosureDisclosure (1994)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Michael Douglas, Demi Moore
Michael Douglas exposes himself to become the sexual prey of no–nonsense lady–boss Demi Moore and is forced to sue her for sexual…
SleepersSleepers (1996)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Dustin Hoffman
Based on a purportedly fact–based novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra, a disastrous prank lands four schoolboys in a borstal where they suffer…
Wag the DogWag the Dog (1997)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Dustin Hoffman
A Clinton–inspired political satire, coincided with the Lewinsky scandal on release (and then Iraq), sees Whitehouse spin–doctor Robert…
SphereSphere (1998)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Sharon Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson
Back in the ocean depths, a 300yr–old alien spacecraft lies silently waiting for the team to investigate. Michael Crichton's story unavoidably…
Liberty HeightsLiberty Heights (2000)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Adrien Brody, Joe Mantegna, Bebe Neuwirth
Drawing once again on memories of his Baltimore childhood, dir. Levinson (DINER) examines life for a Jewish family on the eve of the rock'n'roll era…
An Everlasting Piece (2000)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Barry McEvoy, Brian F. O'Byrne, Billy Connolly
Dir. Levinson heads east of Baltimore for a bravely irreverent slice of Northern Irish sectarian humour, with Barry McEvoy (who also scripted) and…
BanditsBandits (2001)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett
Genuine wit is visited upon this comedy–drama built around the unlikely character alliance of successful bank–robbers Bruce Willis and…
EnvyEnvy (2004) Recommended
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Rachel Weisz
Ben Stiller and Jack Black team together for the first time in a black comedy that, for all its waywardness, is refreshingly off the beaten track for…
Man of the YearMan of the Year (2006)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Laura Linney
Played for quick laughs, this political satire suitably casts Robin Williams as an affable, late–night talk show host who runs for President…
What Just HappenedWhat Just Happened (2008) Recommended
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Robert De Niro, Catherine Keener, Bruce Willis
Robert De Niro is in late–career–best form in this amiable showbiz satire that captures two weeks in the life of a frustrated film…
You Don't Know JackYou Don't Know Jack (2010)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Al Pacino, Danny Huston, Susan Sarandon
Al Pacino delivers his most committed performance in years in this divisive tale of Euthanasia advocate Jack Kevorkian, with seasoned dir. Levinson…
Bay, TheBay, The (2012) Recommended
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Kether Donohue, Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly
A found footage eco–horror film directed by Hollywood veteran Barry Levinson who creates an edgy yet entirely believeable series chaotic events…
Humbling, TheHumbling, The (2014)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Dianne Wiest
Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig headline this erotic comedy about a stage actor who is slowly losing his mind who engages in a relationship with a…
Rock the KasbahRock the Kasbah (2015)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Bill Murray, Leem Lubany, Kate Hudson
Bill Murray strikes out in this tepid comedy as down–on–his–luck music manager who discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary…
Wizard of Lies, TheWizard of Lies, The (2017) Recommended
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alessandro Nivola
True story of one of the largest frauds in US history, with Robert De Niro regaining some credibility in the role of corrupt businessman Bernie…

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