Rock Of Ages (2012)

ADAM SHANKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 2012.  New Line Cinema, Corner Store Entertainment, Material Pictures, Offspring Entertainment.   Screenplay by Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo, Allan Loeb, based on the musical by Chris D’Arienzo.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Jennifer Gibgot, Garrett Grant, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Scott Prisand, Matt Weaver.  Music…

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Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

EDWARD NORTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2019.  Class 5 Films, MWM Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures.  Screenplay by Edward Norton, based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Michael Bederman, Bill Migliore, Daniel Nadler, Edward Norton, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Robert F. Smith.   Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production…

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The Edge (1997)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Art Linson Productions. Screenplay by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Wolf Kroeger.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Neil Travis.  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.  Anthony Hopkins plays a shy billionaire…

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A Star Is Born (2018)

BRADLEY COOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Peters Entertainment, Gerber Pictures, Joint Effort, Malpaso Productions, Thunder Road Pictures.  Screenplay by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, based on the screenplay by Moss Hart, the screenplay by John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, and the story by…

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BlackkKlansman (2018)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Blumhouse Productions, Legendary Entertainment, Monkeypaw Productions, Perfect World Pictures, QC Entertainment.  Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth.  Cinematography by Chayse Irvin.  Produced by Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan…

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.    USA, 2018.  Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures,  Skydance Media, TC Productions. Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.  Cinematography by Rob Hardy.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Raphael Benoliel, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, Jake Myers.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Peter Wenham.  Costume Design by Jeffrey…

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The Boss Baby (2017)

TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2017.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, based on the book by Marla Frazee.  Produced by Ramsey Ann Naito.  Music by Steve Mazzaro, Hans Zimmer.  Film Editing by James Ryan.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  North Carolina Film Critics Awards 2017.   A young boy’s perfect life as the top priority of his loving parents is dashed…

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Paris Can Wait (2016)

ELEANOR COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2016.  Lifetime Films, American Zoetrope, Corner Piece Capital, Protagonist Pictures, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, A+E Studios.  Screenplay by Eleanor Coppola.  Cinematography by Crystal Fournier.  Produced by Eleanor Coppola, Fred Roos.  Music by Laura Karpman.  Production Design by Anne Seibel.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Glen Scantlebury.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016. Diane Lane has…

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, Bad Robot, China Movie Channel, Alibaba Pictures Group, Odin, TC Productions.  USA, 2015.  Directed by Christopher McQuarrie.  Story by Christopher McQuarrie, Drew Pearce. Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, based on the television series by Bruce Geller. Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Tom Cruise,…

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Still Alice (2014)

RICHARD GLATZER, WASH WESTMORELAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Lutzus-Brown, Killer Films, BSM Studio, Backup Media, Big Indie Pictures, Shriver Films.  Screenplay by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, based on the novel by Lisa Genova.  Cinematography by Denis Lenoir.  Produced by James Brown, Pamela Koffler, Lex Lutzus.  Music by Ilan Eshkeri.  Production Design by Tommaso Ortino.  Costume Design by Stacey Battat.  Film Editing…

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The Cat In The Hat (2003)

BO WELCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 2003.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, based on the book by Dr. Seuss.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Alex McDowell.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Don Zimmerman.   It’s rather difficult to decide what’s the worst aspect…

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

HIRONOBU SAKAGUCHI, MOTONORI SAKAKIBARA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Japan, 2001.  Chris Lee Productions, Square Company, Square USA.  Story by Hironobu Sakaguchi, Screenplay by Al Reinert, Jeff Vinter, additional dialogue by Jack Fletcher.  Cinematography by Motonori Sakakibara.  Produced by Jun Aida, Chris Lee, Akio Sakai.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Mauro Borrelli.  Film Editing by Christopher S. Capp.  Online Film…

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