Being Julia (2004)

ISTVAN SZABO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Canada/USA/Hungary/United Kingdom, 2004.  Serendipity Point Films, First Choice Films, Hogarth Productions, Myriad Pictures.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the novel Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Robert Lantos.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by John Bloomfield.  Film Editing by Susan Shipton.  Academy Awards 2004.  European…

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Super Size Me (2004)

MORGAN SPURLOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2004.  The Con, Kathbur Pictures, Studio On Hudson.  Screenplay by Morgan Spurlock.  Cinematography by Scott Ambrozy.  Produced by Morgan Spurlock.  Music by Steve Horowitz.  Production Design by Joe the Artist.  Film Editing by Stela Georgieva, Julie Bob Lombardi. Academy Awards 2004.  National Board of Review Awards 2004.  Online Film Critics Awards 2004.   In response to…

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004)

BRAD SILBERLING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon Movies, Kumar Mobiliengesellschaft mbH & Co. Projekt Nr. 2 KG, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Gordon, based on the books The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window by Daniel Handler.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Jim…

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The Village (2004)

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2004.  Touchstone Pictures, Blinding Edge Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Sam Mercer, Scott Rudin, M. Night Shyamalan.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Tom Foden.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen.  Academy Awards 2004.  Online Film Critics Awards 2004.   This chapter…

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The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2004.  Warner Bros., Odyssey Entertainment, Really Useful Films, Scion Films.  Screenplay by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joel Schumacher, based on the musical book by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the novel Le Fantome de L’Opera by Gaston Leroux.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe.  Production…

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.    USA, 2004.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Enterprises, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Story by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Michael Chabon, Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Avi Arad, Lorne Orleans, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by…

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I, Robot (2004)

ALEX PROYAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Twentieth Century Fox, Mediastream Vierte Film GmbH & Co. Vermarktungs KG, Davis Entertainment, Laurence Mark Productions, Overbrook Entertainment, Canlaws Productions.  Story by Jeff Vintar, Screenplay by Jeff Vintar, Akiva Goldsman, suggested by the book by Isaac Asimov.  Cinematography by Simon Duggan.  Produced by Michael Lee Baron, John Davis, Topher Dow,…

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Sideways (2004)

ALEXANDER PAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2004.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Michael London Productions, Sideways Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Rex Pickett.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Michael London.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by Kevin Tent.  Academy Awards 2004.  AFI Awards…

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Maria Full Of Grace (2004)

JOSHUA MARSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Colombia/USA/Ecuador, 2004.  HBO Films, Fine Line Features, Journeyman Pictures, Proyecto Tucan, Alter-Ciné, Santa Fe Productions.  Screenplay by Joshua Marston.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Paul Mezey.  Music by Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman.  Production Design by Debbie DeVilla, Monica Marulanda.  Costume Design by Sarah Beers, Lauren Press.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe, Lee Percy.  Academy Awards 2004.  Berlin Film…

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Collateral (2004)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Edge City.  Screenplay by Stuart Beattie.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron.  Produced by Michael Mann, Julie Richardson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Paul Rubell.  Academy Awards 2004.  AFI Awards 2004.    Golden…

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Before Sunset (2004)

RICHARD LINKLATER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2004.  Warner Independent Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment, Detour Filmproduction.  Story by Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan, Screenplay by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, based on characters created by Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan.  Cinematography by Lee Daniel.  Produced by Anne Walker-McBay.  Production Design by Baptiste Glaymann.  Costume Design by Thierry Delettre.  Film Editing by…

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Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

LAUREN LAZIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2003.  Amaru Entertainment Inc., MTV Films.  Cinematography by Jon Else.  Produced by Karolyn Ali, Preston L. Holmes, Lauren Lazin.  Music by Mikie Da Poet.  Film Editing by Richard Calderon.  Academy Awards 2003.   This energetic documentary captures the life of rapper-actor Tupac Shakur, and is mostly narrated by his voice from interviews and personal…

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