Scream 2 (1997)

WES CRAVEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1997. Dimension Films, Konrad Pictures, Craven-Maddalena Films, Miramax.  Screenplay by Kevin Williamson, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Cathy Konrad, Marianne Maddalena.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Bob Ziembicki.  Costume Design by Kathleen Detoro.  Film Editing by Patrick Lussier.   The…

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The Edge (1997)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Art Linson Productions. Screenplay by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Wolf Kroeger.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Neil Travis.  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.  Anthony Hopkins plays a shy billionaire…

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The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.   USA/Germany, 1997.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Kopelson Entertainment, Taurus Film, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy, based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing…

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Career Girls (1997)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Channel Four Films, Thin Man Films, Matrix Films, Channel 4 Television Corporation.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.   Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams.  Music by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Tony Remy.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Film Editing by Robin Sales. Mike Leigh scores a rare misfire with this drab…

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Little Dieter Needs To Fly (1997)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Germany/United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, ZDF Enterprises, British Broadcasting Corporation, Arte, Media Ventures, Outpost Studios.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Lucki Stipetic.  Film Editing by Joe Bini, Glen Scantlebury, Rainer Standke.   Werner Herzog investigates the life of Dieter Dengler, shot down over Laos…

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Tranceformer – A Portrait of Lars von Trier (1997)

STIG BJORKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Sweden/Denmark, 1997.  Danmarks Radio, Det Danske Filminstitut, Film i Väst, Memfis Film & Television, Svenska Filminstitutet, Sveriges Television.  Screenplay by Stig Bjorkman. Cinematography by Bjorn Blixt, Anthony Dod Mantle, Jan Roed.  Produced by Lars Jonsson.  Film Editing by Leon Flamholc.   The impressive life and career of celebrated filmmaker Lars Von Trier is…

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The Life Of Jesus (1997)

BRUNO DUMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  La Vie de Jesus France, 1997.  3B Productions, Norfilm, C.R.R.A.V, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ministère de la Culture de la Republique Française, Canal+, Procirep, La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pictanovo Nord-Pas-de-Calais.  Screenplay by Bruno Dumont.  Cinematography by Philippe Van Leeuw.  Produced by Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Brehat.  Music by…

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The Town (1997)

NURI BILGE CEYLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Turkey, 1997.  Original title:  Kasaba Alternate title:  The Small Town NBC Ajans.  Story by Emin Ceylan, Screenplay by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.  Cinematography by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.  Music by Ali Kayaci.  Production Design by Ebru Ceylan.  Film Editing by Ayhan Ergürsel.  Toronto International Film Festival 1997. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s first feature as director is a…

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Face/Off (1997)

JOHN WOO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Permut Presentations, Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Douglas/Reuther Productions, WCG Entertainment Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Werb, Michael Colleary.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Terence Chang, Christopher Godsick, Barrie M. Osborne, David Permut.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Steven Kemper, Christian Wagner.  Academy Awards 1997.   You’ll…

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‘Til There Was You (1997)

SCOTT WINANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Lakeshore Entertainment, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Winnie Holzman.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Penney Finkelman Cox, Alan Poul, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by Terence Blanchard, Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Craig Stearns.  Costume Design by Enid Harris, Rita Salazar.  Film Editing by Joanna Cappuccilli Lovetti, Richard Marks.   Soulmates Jeanne Tripplehorn and Dylan McDermott are perfect for each other,…

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The Disappearance Of Garcia Lorca (1997)

MARCO ZURINAGA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Alternate title:  Death In Granada Spain/France/USA/Puerto Rico, 1997.  Antena 3 Televisión, Canal+, Enrique Cerezo Producciones Cinematográficas S.A., Esparza / Katz Productions, Kanzaman, Miramar Films.  Screenplay by Marco Zurinaga, Juan Antonio Ramos, Neil Cohen, based on the books The Assassination of Federico Garcia Lorca and Federico Garcia Lorca: A Life by Ian…

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Con Air (1997)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Kouf/Bigelow Productions, Runway Pictures, Hiett Designs of Las Vegas.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Mark Mancina, Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Chas. Butcher, Edward T. McAvoy, Seven L. Nielsen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Steve Mirkovich, Glen Scantlebury.  Academy…

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