Battle Of the Sexes (2017)

JONATHAN DAYTON, VALERIE FARIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin. Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Screen Actors…

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The Tempest (2010)

JULIE TAYMOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2010.  Miramax, TalkStory Productions, Artemis Films, Mumbai Mantra Media, Prologue Films, Chartoff Hendee Productions, Chartoff Productions, Touchstone Pictures. Screenplay by Julie Taymor, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, Lynne Hendee, Jason K. Lau, Julia Taylor-Stanley, Julie Taymor.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design…

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Buddy (1997)

CAROLINE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Jim Henson Pictures, American Zoetrope, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by William Joyce, Caroline Thompson, Screenplay by Caroline Thompson, based on the book Animals Are My Hobby by Gertrude Davies Lintz.  Cinematography by Steve Mason.  Produced by Fred Fuchs, Steve Nicolaides.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Daniel A. Lomino, David Nichols.  Costume Design by…

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Titus (1999)

JULIE TAYMOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/USA/United Kingdom, 1999.  Clear Blue Sky Productions, Overseas FilmGroup, Urania Pictures S.r.l., NDF International.  Screenplay by Julie Taymor, based on the play Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli.  Produced by Conchita Airoldi, Jody Allen, Julie Taymor.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Francoise Bonnot.  …

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Spice World (1997)

BOB SPIERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  United Kingdom, 1997.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Spice Productions, Fragile Films, Icon Entertainment International, Polygram Filmed Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kim Fuller, Jamie Curtis, from an idea by Kim Fuller, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham.  Cinematography by Clive Tickner. Produced by Uri Fruchtmann, Mark L. Rosen, Barnaby Thompson. …

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X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003)

BRYAN SINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  X2 Canada/USA, 2003.  Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Enterprises, Donners’ Company, Bad Hat Harry Productions, XF2 Canada Productions, XM2 Productions.  Story by Zak Penn, David Hayter, Bryan Singer, Screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, David Hayter.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter.  Music by John…

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Urbania (2000)

JON SHEAR Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  USA, 2000.  Daly-Harris Productions.  Screenplay by Daniel Reitz, Jon Shear, based on the play Urban Folk Tales by Daniel Reitz.  Cinematography by Shane F. Kelly, Peter Konczal.  Produced by Stephanie Golden, J. Todd Harris, Jon Shear.  Music by Marc Anthony Thompson.  Production Design by Karyl Newman.  Costume Design by David Matwijkow.  Film Editing by Randy…

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Spy Kids 2: Island Of Lost Dreams (2002)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2002.  Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios.  Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez.  Cinematography by Robert Rodriguez. Produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez.  Music by John Debney, Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by Robert Rodriguez.  Costume Design by Graciela Mazon.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   In this delightful sequel to the equally fun original, little spies Carmen and Juni…

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Spy Kids (2001)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios. Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez.  Music by John Debney, Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Los Lobos, Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Deborah Everton.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   Parents will undoubtedly approve of this extremely enjoyable…

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Circle Of Friends (1995)

PAT O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Ireland/USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Price Entertainment, Lantana, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Andrew Davies, based on the novel by Maeve Binchy.  Cinematography by Kenneth MacMillan.  Produced by Frank Price, Arlene Sellers, Alex Winitsky.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by Anushia Nieradzik.  Film Editing by John Jympson.   Adorable romantic comedy…

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Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2002.  United Artists Film Corporation, Hart-Sharp Entertainment, Potboiler Productions.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams, John Hart, Jeffrey Sharp.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.   After the…

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Emma (1996)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1996.  Haft Entertainment.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Ian Wilson.  Produced by Patrick Cassavetti, Steven Haft.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Michael Howells.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker. Excellent adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel has a superior performance by…

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