Freejack (1992)

GEOFF MURPHY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1992.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screen story by Steven Pressfield, Ronald Shusett, Screenplay by Steven Pressfield, Ronald Shusett, Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Stuart Oken, Ronald Shusett.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Joe Alves.  Costume Design by Lisa Jensen.  Film Editing by…

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Murder Mystery (2019)

KYLE NEWACHECK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2019.  Vinson Films, Endgame Entertainment, Happy Madison Productions, Tower Hill Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Allen Covert, A.J. Dix, Adam Sandler, James D. Stern, James Vanderbilt, Tripp Vinson.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Perry Andelin Blake.  Costume Design…

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Fast And Furious (2009)

JUSTIN LIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2009.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, One Race Productions, Dentsu.  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hayes.  Film Editing by Fred…

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Pixels (2015)

CHRIS COLUMBUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/China/Canada, 2015.  Columbia Pictures, LStar Capital, China Film Co., Happy Madison Productions, 1492 Pictures, Film Croppers Entertainment.  Screen story by Tim Herlihy, Screenplay by Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling, based on the short film by Patrick Jean.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Allen Covert, Mark Radcliffe, Adam Sandler.  Music…

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The Joy Luck Club (1993)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Hollywood Pictures.  Screenplay by Amy Tan, Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Amy Tan.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Ronald Bass, Patrick Markey, Amy Tan, Wayne Wang.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Lydia Tanji.  Film Editing by Maysie Hoy. Amy Tan’s bestselling novel of intergenerational Asian women…

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Coyote Ugly (2000)

DAVID McNALLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Gina Wendkos.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman.  Music by Trevor Horn.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg.   A good soundtrack and excellent hair design will never hide the fact that this film is less scholarly than…

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Pacific Heights (1990)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1990.  Morgan Creek Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by Daniel Pyne.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Scott Rudin, William Sackheim.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Bridget Kelly, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Steven Ramirez, Mark Warner. Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine finally get to purchase their dream home atop a gorgeous San Francisco hill,…

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An Eye For An Eye (1996)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1996.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa, based on the novel by Erika Holzer.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Michael I. Levy.  Music by James Newton Howard.  roduction Design by Stephen Hendrickson.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Peter Honess. It’s rather unfortunate when an Oscar winning star and similarly feted director can…

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Don’t Say A Word (2001)

GARY FLEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA/Australia, 2001.  Regency Enterprises, Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Kopelson Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Furthur Films.  Screenplay by Anthony Peckham, Patrick Smith Kelly, based on the novel by Andrew Klavan.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by…

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Man Of Steel (2013)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Canada/United Kingdom, 2013.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, DC Comics, DC Entertainment.  Story by David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Screenplay by David S. Goyer, based on characters created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster. Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Alex McDowell.  Costume…

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Taking Lives (2004)

D.J. CARUSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/Australia/Canada, 2004.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures.  Screen story and Screenplay by Jon Bokenkamp, based on the novel by Michael Pye.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann.  Music by Philip Glass.  Production Design by Tom Southwell.  Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   Fresh and full of fun surprises,…

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Blue Steel (1990)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1990.  Lightning Pictures, Precision Films, Mack-Taylor Productions, Vestron Pictures.  Screenplay by Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri. Produced by Edward R. Pressman, Oliver Stone.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Toby Corbett.  Costume Design by Richard Shissler.  Film Editing by Lee Percy. Kathryn Bigelow had the right idea in making an action film…

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