The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.   USA/Germany, 1997.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Kopelson Entertainment, Taurus Film, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy, based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing…

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Trespass (2011)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2011.  Millennium Films, Winkler Films, Saturn Films, Joel Schumacher Productions.  Screenplay by Karl Gajdusek. Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Rene Besson, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler.  Music by David Buckley.  Production Design by Nathan Amondson.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Bill Pankow.  Toronto International Film Festival 2011. A film so ludicrous it must…

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The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

BARBRA STREISAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  TriStar Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Barwood Films.  Screen Story and Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, based on the screenplay Le Miroir A Deux Faces, dialogue by Jean Meckert, Denis Perret, screenplay by Andre Cayatte, Gerard Oury.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Barbra Streisand.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Tom…

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Falling Down (1993)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  France/USA/United Kingdom, 1993.  Alcor Films, Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ebbe Roe Smith. Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Timothy Harris, Arnold Kopelson, Herschel Weingrod.  Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.   Michael Douglas is stuck in traffic on a super…

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Nuts (1987)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Warner Bros., Barwood Films.  Screenplay by Tom Topor, Darryl Ponicsan, Alvin Sargent, based on the play by Tom Topor.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Barbra Streisand.  Music by Barbra Streisand.  Production Design by Joel Schiller.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.   Barbra Streisand has no end of fun chewing up…

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Losing Isaiah (1995)

STEPHEN GYLLENHAAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1995.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Naomi Foner, based on the novel by Seth Margolis.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Naomi Foner, Hawk Koch.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Mary Malin.  Film Editing by Harvey Rosenstock.   Somehow these made-for-television movies make it to the big screen. Jessica Lange plays a hospital…

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Jade (1995)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1995.  Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans Company.  Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Gary Adelson, Craig Baumgarten, Robert Evans.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Alex Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Augie Hess. Terrible thriller written by Joe Eszterhas. David Caruso is the assistant district attorney looking…

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The Morning After (1986)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1986.  American Filmworks, Lorimar Productions.  Screenplay by James Cresson.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Bruce Gilbert.  Music by Paul Chihara.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Joel Goodman.   An alcoholic, once-famous actress (Jane Fonda) wakes up to find a murdered man lying next to her in bed. Naturally,…

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The Verdict (1982)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1982.   Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by David Mamet, based on the novel by Barry Reed.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Edward Pisoni.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.   Watching one man go against conspiratorial corruption hasn’t been this…

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Deathtrap (1982)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1982.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, based on the play by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Burtt Harris.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Tony Walton.  Costume Design by Tony Walton.  Film Editing by Jack Fitzstephens.   Stagebound adaptation of Ira Levin’s play fails to open the plot up for film but…

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A Stranger Among Us (1992)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1992.  Hollywood Pictures, ISIS, Mansfield Pictures, Propaganda Films, Sandollar.  Screenplay by Robert J. Avrech.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Steve Golin, Howard Rosenman, Sigurjon Sighvatsson.  Music by Jerry Bock.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Gary Jones, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   Melanie Griffith plays a hard-edged cop who goes undercover in…

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Prizzi’s Honor (1985)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1985.  ABC Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Condon, Janet Roach, based on the novel by Richard Condon.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by John Foreman.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Donfeld.  Film Editing by Kaja Fehr, Rudi Fehr.   John Huston’s classic caper is right up there with…

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