The Ogre (1996)

VOLKER SCHLONDORFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: Der Unhold Germany/France/United Kingdom, 1996.  Canal+, France 2 Cinema, Heritage Films, Recorded Picture Company, Renn Productions, Studio Babelsberg, Universum Film, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, Volker Schlondorff, based on the novel by Michel Tournier.  Cinematography by Bruno de Keyzer.   Produced by Gebhard Henke, Ingrid…

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

DAVID DOBKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2020.  European Broadcasting Union, Gary Sanchez Productions, Gloria Sanchez Productions, Netflix, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Will Ferrell, Andrew Steele. Cinematography by Danny Cohen. Produced by Jessica Elbaum, Eitan Evan, Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy.  Music by Atli Orvarsson.  Production Design by Paul Inglis. Costume Design by Anna…

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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

JON WATTS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2019.  Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Matthew J. Lloyd.  Produced by Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Claude Pare.  Costume Design by…

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Oliver Twist (2005)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Czech Republic/France/Italy, 2005.  R.P. Productions, Runteam II Ltd., ETIC Films.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Pawel Edelman.  Produced by Robert Benmussa, Roman Polanski, Alain Sarde.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Allan Starski.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Herve de Luze.  …

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Fury (2014)

DAVID AYER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/China, 2014.  Columbia Pictures, QED International, LStar Capital, Le Grisbi Productions, Crave Films, Huayi Brothers Media.  Screenplay by David Ayer.  Cinematography by Roman Vasyanov.  Produced by David Ayer, Bill Block, John Lesher, Ethan Smith.  Music by Steven Price.  Production Design by Andrew Menzies.  Costume Design by Maja Meschede, Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing…

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Maleficent (2014)

ROBERT STROMBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Roth Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Linda Woolverton, based on the motion picture Sleeping Beauty, Story by Erdman Penner, Screenplay by Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta, based on the story Little Briar Rose by Jacob Grimm, and Wilhelm Grimm, and the…

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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Paramount Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the comic books by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Rick Heinrichs.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Robert Dalva, Jeffrey Ford.   More superhero fun…

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Washington Square (1997)

AGNIESZKA HOLLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Alchemy Filmworks, Caravan Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Roger Birnbaum Productions.  Screenplay by Carol Doyle, based on the novel by Henry James.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Julie Bergman Sender, Roger Birnbaum.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Allan Starski.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by David Siegel.   Marvelously costumed,…

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The Proposition (1998)

LESLI LINKA GLATTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5.  USA, 1998.  Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment.  Screenplay by Rick Ramage.  Cinematography by Peter Sova.  Produced by Ted Field, Scott Kroopf, Diane Nabatoff.  Music by Stephen Endelman.  Production Design by David Brisbin.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas.   William Hurt and Madeleine Stowe play a filthy rich, prominent society couple whose…

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Maybe Baby (2000)

HUGH LAURIE, BEN ELTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 2000.  Pandora Cinema, BBC Films.  Screenplay by Ben Elton, based on his novel Inconceivable.  Cinematography by Roger Lanser.  Produced by Phil McIntyre.  Music by Colin Towns.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Peter Hollywood.   Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson are a happily married couple who…

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Sahara (2005)

BRECK EISNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Spain/Germany/USA, 2005.  Paramount Pictures, Bristol Bay Productions, Baldwin Entertainment Group, J.K. Livin Productions, Desertlands Entertainment, Kanzaman, Babelsberg Film, Moguletta, Sahara Productions.  Screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, John C. Richards, James V. Hart, based on the novel by Clive Cussler.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Stephanie Austin, Howard Baldwin,…

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Shanghai Knights (2003)

DAVID DOBKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/Hong Kong, 2003.  Touchstone Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Birnbaum / Barber Productions, Jackie Chan Films Limited, All Knight Productions.  Screenplay by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, based on their characters. Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Gary Barber,Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman.   Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Allan Cameron.  Costume Design by Anna…

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