Benji (2018)

BRANDON CAMP Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  United Arab Emirates/USA, 2018.  Blumhouse Productions, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Meridian Entertainment, Symbolic Exchange, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Brandon Camp, based on the 1974 motion picture by Joe Camp.  Cinematography by Thomas Scott Stanton.  Produced by Jason Blum, Brandon Camp.  Music by Kostas Christides.  Production Design by Kevin C. Lang.  Costume Design by Dana Embree.  Film…

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Destination Wedding (2018)

VICTOR LEVIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2018.  thefyzz, CISS, Chapman-Leonard, Company 3, GreenSlate, Lee & Thompson, Paso Catering, Ramo Law, Service Fish, Snap Sound, Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, Tunnel Post.  Screenplay by Victor Levin.  Cinematography by Giorgio Scali.  Produced by Elizabeth Dell, Robert Jones, Gail Lyon.  Music by William Ross.  Production Design by Callie Andreadis.  Costume Design by Justine Seymour.  Film Editing by…

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Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant tuna…

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Second Act (2018)

PETER SEGAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2018.  STX Entertainment.  Screenplay by Justin Zackham, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.  Cinematography by Ueli Steiger.  Produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medina, Justin Zackham.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Molly Rogers.  Film Editing by Jason Gourson. Jennifer Lopez returns to a starring role for the first time in three…

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Hurricane (1979)

JAN TROELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA/Netherlands, 1979.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Famous Films.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the novel by James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.  Dino De Laurentiis was so satisfied…

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Burn! (Queimada) (1969)

GILLO PONTECORVO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/France, 1969.  Produzioni Europee Associate, Les Productions Artistes Associés.  Story and Screenplay by Franco Solinas, Giorgio Arlorio, based on novels by Norman Gant.  Cinematography by Marcello Gatti, Giuseppe Ruzzolini.  Produced by Alberto Grimaldi.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Sergio Canevari.  Costume Design by Marilù Carteny.  Film Editing by Mario Morra.  Toronto International Film Festival 1977. …

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Under The Cherry Moon (1986)

PRINCE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1986.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Becky Johnston.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Robert Cavallo, Steven Fargnoli, Joseph Ruffalo.  Music by Prince and the Revolution.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Marie France.  Film Editing by Éva Gárdos, Rebecca Ross.   The success of Purple Rain, which included an Oscar for its star and composer Prince,…

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Panama Hattie (1942)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, Wilkie C. Mahoney, based on the play by Herbert Fields, Buddy G. DeSylva. Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell. Loosely adapted from the Broadway musical…

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The Brothers Bloom (2008)

RIAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA, 2008.  Endgame Entertainment, Ram Bergman Productions, The Weinstein Company.  Screenplay by Rian Johnson.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Ram Bergman, James D. Stern.  Music by Nathan Johnson.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Gabriel Wrye.  Toronto International Film Festival 2008.  Imagine a movie in which every…

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Tall Story (1960)

JOSHUA LOGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1960.  Mansfield Productions.  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, based on the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, from the novel by Howard Nemerov.  Cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks.  Produced by Joshua Logan.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Jack Poplin.  Costume Design by Kay Nelson.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson.  Golden Globe Awards…

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A Matter of Time (1976)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  Italy, 1976.  American International Pictures, Coralta Cinematografica, Deux Femmes Service Company, General International Film Company.  Screenplay by John Gay, based on the novel by Maurice Druon.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Edmund Grainger, Jack H. Skirball.  Music by Nino Oliveiro.  Production Design by Veniero Colasanti, John Moore.  Costume Design by Andretta Ferrero.  Film Editing by Peter…

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A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1963.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Sy Bartlett, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Sy Bartlett.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.  Academy Awards 1963.   You know a movie isn’t going to be very exciting when it spends most…

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