The Big Short (2015)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2015.  Plan B Entertainment, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, based on the book by Michael Lewis.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Clayton Hartley.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin.  Academy Awards…

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Godzilla (2014)

GARETH EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/Japan, 2014.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Disruption Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Toho Company.  Story by David Callaham, Screenplay by Max Borenstein.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Bob Ducsay. With the disappointment…

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Frankie And Johnny (1991)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Terrence McNally, based on his play Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Garry Marshall.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Rosanna Norton.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas, Battle Davis.  Golden Globe Awards 1991.  National Board of…

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Pretty Woman (1990)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1990.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV.  Screenplay by J.F. Lawton.  Cinematography by Charles Minsky.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Raja Gosnell, Priscilla Nedd-Friendly.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards 1990.   After you have finished enjoying the adorably…

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Godzilla (1998)

ROLAND EMMERICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Japan, 1998.  Centropolis Film Productions, Fried Films, Independent Pictures, Toho Company, TriStar Pictures.  Story by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Dean Devlin,  Roland Emmerich, Screenplay by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich.  Cinematography by Ueli Steiger.  Produced by Dean Devlin.  Music by David Arnold, Michael Lloyd.  Production Design by Oliver Scholl.  Costume Design by Joseph A. Porro.  Film Editing by Peter…

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Cellular

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hollywood genre movies like this are more of an exercise than an actual film experience, but if that is the case then this one is a great day at the gym.  Kim Basinger plays a suburban science teacher (and let’s just say that if MY science teacher looked like her I…

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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

RICHARD DONNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Warner Bros., Silver Pictures, Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions.  Story by Jonathan Lemkin, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Screenplay by Channing Gibson, based on characters created by Shane Black.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Richard Donner, Joel Silver.  Music by Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen, David Sanborn.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Ha Nguyen.  Film Editing…

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Margin Call (2011)

J.C. CHANDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Before The Door Pictures, Benaroya Pictures, Washington Square Films, Untitled Entertainment, Rose Pictures.  Screenplay by J.C. Chandor.  Cinematography by Frank G. DeMarco.  Produced by Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by John Paino.  Costume Design by Caroline Duncan.  Film Editing…

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Phoenix (1998)

DANNY CANNON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Thoroughly satisfying entry in the film noir genre stars Ray Liotta as a crooked cop with a gambling problem who teams up with three dubiously moral members of the force to pull of a big heist in the hopes of paying off his debts. The set-up is simple:…

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