Jackie (2016)

PABLO LARRAIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Chile/France/USA, 2016.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, LD Entertainment, Wild Bunch, Protozoa Pictures, Fabula, Why Not Productions, Endemol Shine North America, Bliss Media, Jackie Productions.  Screenplay by Noah Oppenheim.  Cinematography by Stephane Fontaine.  Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Pascal Caucheteux, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larrain, Mickey Liddell.  Music by Mica Levi.  Production Design…

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The Sorcerers (1967)

MICHAEL REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 1967.  Curtwel Productions, Global.  Screenplay by Michael Reeves, Tom Baker, from an idea by John Burke.  Cinematography by Stanley A. Long.  Produced by Patrick Curtis, Tony Tenser.  Music by Paul Ferris.  Production Design by Tony Curtis.  Film Editing by Susan Michie, David Woodward.   Lifeless fantasy starring Boris Karloff as an experimental researcher whose past…

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Malena (2000)

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Italy/USA, 2000.  Medusa Film, Miramax, Pacific Pictures, Tele+.  Story by Luciano Vincenzoni, Screenplay by Giuseppe Tornatore.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Carlo Bernasconi, Harvey Weinstein.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Francesco Frigeri.  Costume Design by Maurizio Millenotti.  Film Editing by Massimo Quaglia.  Academy Awards 2000.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.  National Board of Review Awards 2000. …

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The Star Maker (1995)

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Original title:  L’Uomo Delle Stelle Italy, 1995.  Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana.  Story by Giuseppe Tornatore, Screenplay by Fabio Rinaudo, Giuseppe Tornatore.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Vittorio Cecchi Gori.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Francesco Bronzi.  Costume Design by Beatrice Bordone.  Film Editing by Massimo Quaglia.  Academy Awards 1995.   A con…

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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy/France, 1988.  Cristaldifilm, Les Films Ariane, Rai 3, TF1 Films Production, Forum Picture.  Story by Giuseppe Tornatore, Screenplay by Giuseppe Tornatore, Collaboration with Vanna Paoli.  Cinematography by Blasco Giurato.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Andrea Crisanti.  Costume Design by Beatrice Bordone.  Film Editing by Mario Morra.  Academy Awards 1989.  Cannes…

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Men Of Honor (2000)

GEORGE TILLMAN JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures.  Screenplay Scott Marshall Smith.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond. Produced by Bill Badalato, Robert Teitel.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Salvador Perez Jr..  Film Editing by John Carter, Dirk Westervelt.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   Exceptionally well-made movie about Carl Brashear,…

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Soul Food (1997)

GEORGE TILLMAN JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Edmonds Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by George Tillman, Jr..  Cinematography by Paul Elliott.  Produced by Tracey E. Edmonds, Robert Teitel. Music by Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin.  Production Design by Maxine Shepard.  Costume Design by Salvador Perez Jr..  Film Editing by John Carter.   Touching comedy-drama about a family led by grandmother Irma…

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Somewhere In Time (1980)

JEANNOT SZWARC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1980.  Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Matheson, based on his novel Bid Time Return.  Cinematography by Isidore Mankofsky.  Produced by Stephen Deutsch.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Seymour Klate.  Costume Design by Jean-Pierre Dorleac.  Film Editing by Jeff Gourson.  Academy Awards 1980.  Golden Globe Awards 1980. I call this one the Gone With The Wind…

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Jaws 2 (1978)

JEANNOT SZWARC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1978.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Carl Gottlieb, Howard Sackler, based on characters created by Peter Benchley.  Cinematography by Michael C. Butler.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Joe Alves.  Costume Design by Bill Jobe.  Film Editing by Steve Potter, Arthur Schmidt, Neil Travis. Bruce is back, though we don’t know why:…

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Twin Sisters (2002)

BEN SOMBOGAART Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  De Tweeling The Netherlands/Luxembourg, 2002.  IDTV Film, Samsa Film.  Screenplay by Marieke van der Pol, based on the novel by Tessa de Loo.  Cinematography by Piotr Kukla.  Produced by Hanneke Niens, Anton Smit.  Music by Fons Merkies.  Production Design by Michel De Graaf.  Costume Design by Linda Bogers.  Film Editing by Herman P. Koerts.  Academy Awards…

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Dungeons And Dragons (2000)

COURTNEY SOLOMON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/Czech Republic, 2000.  New Line Cinema, Sweetpea Entertainment, Silver Pictures, Behaviour Worldwide, MDP Worldwide, Stillking Films.  Screenplay by Topper Lilien, Carroll Cartwright, based on the game by E. Gary Gygax.  Cinematography by Douglas Milsome. Produced by Thomas M. Hammel, Kia Jam, Courtney Solomon.    Music by Justin Caine Burnett.    Production…

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Black Death (2010)

CHRISTOPHER SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Germany/United Kingdom, 2010.  Egoli Tossell Film, HanWay Films, Zephyr Films, Ecosse Films, The Post Republic.  Screenplay by Dario Poloni. Cinematography by Sebastian Edschmid.  Produced by Robert Bernstein, Jens Meurer, Douglas Rae, Phil Robertson.  Music by Christian Henson.  Production Design by John Frankish.  Costume Design by Petra Wellenstein.  Film Editing by Stuart Gazzard.   14th century Europe…

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