Best In Show

BBBB (out of 5) Christopher Guest outdoes his Waiting For Guffman with this absolutely hysterical film about dog competitions and the people who compete in them with their pets. A perfect cast, from Parker Posey to Catherine O’Hara, and the writing (based on improvisations by the cast) is amazing. One of the very funniest comedies of the…

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Gladiator (2000)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Universal Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Mill Film, C & L, Dawliz.  Story by David Franzoni, Screenplay by David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by David Franzoni, Branko Lustig, Douglas Wick.  Music by Lisa Gerrard, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film Editing by…

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Erin Brockovich (2000)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 2000.  Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Susannah Grant.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.  Academy Awards 2000.  American Film Institute Awards 2000.  Golden Globe Awards 2000….

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High Fidelity (2000)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2000.  Touchstone Pictures, Working Title Films, Dogstar Films, New Crime Productions.  Screenplay by D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, Scott Rosenberg, based on the book by Nick Hornby.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Rudd Simmons.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by David Chapman, Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Laura…

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Almost Famous

CAMERON CROWE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks, Vinyl Films.  Screenplay by Cameron Crowe.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Ian Bryce, Cameron Crowe.  Music by Nancy Wilson.  Production Design by Clay A. Griffith, Clayton Hartley, Virginia L. Randolph.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Joe Hutshing, Saar Klein.  Academy Awards 2000.  American Film Institute Awards 2000.  Boston Film Critics…

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You Can Count On Me

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the most accomplished films of the year is this very fine tribute to the complexities of family relationships. Laura Linney couldn’t be better as Sammy, a loans officer at a bank in a fictitious upstate New York small town who finds out her drifter baby brother Terry (Mark Ruffalo) is…

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Wonder Boys (2000)

CURTIS HANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/Germany/USA/Japan, 2000.  British Broadcasting Corporation, MFF Feature Film Productions, Marubeni, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa.  Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by Michael Chabon.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Curtis Hanson, Scott Rudin.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Jeannine…

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Traffic (2000)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Germany/USA, 2000.  Compulsion Inc., Initial Entertainment Group, Splendid Medien AG, The Bedford Falls Company, USA Films.  Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, based on the miniseries Traffik by Simon Moore.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Laura Bickford, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen…

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Before Night Falls

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeous adaptation of Reinaldo Arenas’ best-selling autobiography of the same name. Javier Bardem gives a towering performance as Arenas, the Cuban poet who found himself constantly in a state of being unwanted by the world around him, and yet still retained the ability to see the beauty in it. Using stock footage…

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Requiem For A Dream (2000)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2000.  Artisan Entertainment, Thousand Words, Sibling Productions, Protozoa Pictures, Industry Entertainment, Bandeira Entertainment, Requiem for a Dream, Truth and Soul Pictures.  Screenplay by Hubert Selby Jr., Darren Aronofsky, based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr..  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Eric Watson, Palmer West.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by James…

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