Mank (2020)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Jack Fincher. Cinematography by Erik Messerschmidt. Produced by Cean Chaffin, Eric Roth, Douglas Urbanski. Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross. Production Design by Donald Graham Burt. Costume Design by Trish Summerville. Film Editing by Kirk Baxter. Boston Film Critics 2020. National Society…

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Tequila Sunrise

ROBERT TOWNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1988.  The Mount Company, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Towne.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Thom Mount.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Claire Simpson.  Academy Awards 1988.   The age-old tale of two best friends who go separate ways is not in any way a…

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Moneyball (2011)

BENNETT MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca Productions, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Specialty Films.  Story by Stan Chervin, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, based on the book Moneyball: The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game by Michael Lewis.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz,…

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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

BEEBAN KIDRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment. Screenplay by Douglas Carter Beane.  Cinematography by Steve Mason.  Produced by G. Mac Brown.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.  Golden Globe Awards 1995.   When a novice drag queen (John Leguizamo) fails miserably in a local pageant,…

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1997.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Digital Image Associates.  Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the novel by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Gerald R. Molen, Colin Wilson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Sue Moore.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1997.   Inferior sequel to 1993’s blockbuster hit Jurassic Park…

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Amistad (1997)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1997.  DreamWorks, Home Box Office.  Screenplay by David Franzoni.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Debbie Allen, Steven Spielberg, Colin Wilson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1997.  Golden Globe Awards 1997.   Overlong and patronizing account of a slave ship bound for Jamaica,…

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Birth (2004)

JONATHAN GLAZER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2004.  New Line Cinema, Fine Line Features, Lou Yi Inc., Academy Films, March Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, Milo Addica, Jonathan Glazer. Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Lizie Gower, Nick Morris, Jean-Louis Piel.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by Sam Sneade, Clas…

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Full Metal Jacket (1987)

STANLEY KUBRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1987.  Natant, Stanley Kubrick Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford, based on the novel The Short Timers by Gustav Hasford.  Cinematography by Douglas Milsome.  Produced by Stanley Kubrick.  Music by Vivian Kubrick.  Production Design by Anton Furst.  Costume Design by Keith Denny.  Film Editing by Martin Hunter.  Academy…

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A Map Of The World

BBB.5 (out of 5) Compelling drama based on Jane Hamilton’s esteemed novel, about a city woman turned farm wife (Sigourney Weaver) who is bested by the law of the land. Weaver is also the local school nurse who is torn apart when her best friend’s child drowns in the pond behind her house while she…

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Men Don’t Leave

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jessica Lange struggles to put her life back together after her husband dies in a car accident. Now saddled with two boys to raise and a house she can no longer afford, she works hard to get herself a job after having been a housewife for so long, while also trying to…

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