Where The Heart Is (2000)

MATT WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Twentieth Century Fox, Wind Dancer Productions.  Screenplay by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, based on the novel by Billie Letts.  Cinematography by Richard Greatrex. Produced by Susan Cartsonis, David McFadzean, Patricia Whitcher, Matt Williams.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Paul Peters.  Costume Design by Melinda Eshelman.  Film Editing by Ian Crafford.   Natalie Portman plays a…

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De-Lovely (2004)

IRWIN WINKLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2004.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jay Cocks.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Charles Winkler, Irwin Winkler.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film Editing by Julie Monroe.   It’s post-World War I, and debonair socialite Cole Porter (Kevin Kline) finds himself falling in love with a beautiful woman (Ashley Judd)…

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Frida (2002)

JULIE TAYMOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/Canada/Mexico, 2002.  Handprint Entertainment, Lions Gate Films, Miramax, Ventanarosa Productions.  Screenplay by Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas, based on the book Frida: A Biography Of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Lindsay Flickinger, Sarah Green, Nancy Hardin, Salma Hayek, Jay Polstein, Roberto Sneider, Lizz Speed.  Music…

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A Time To Kill (1996)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, based on the novel by John Grisham. Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by John Grisham, Hunt Lowry, Arnon Milchan, Michael G. Nathanson.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Larry Fulton.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin.  Film Editing by William Steinkamp.   One of the most…

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Heat (1995)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1995.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Forward Pass, Art Linson Productions, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Michael Mann.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Art Linson, Michael Mann.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Pasquale Buba, William Goldenberg, Dov Hoenig, Tom Rolf. Michael Mann’s…

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Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

CALLIE KHOURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2002.  All Girl Productions, Gaylord Films.  Screenplay by Callie Khouri, adaptation by Mark Andrus, based on the novels Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Bonnie Bruckheimer, Hunt Lowry.  Music by T Bone Burnett, David Mansfield.  Production Design by David J….

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Simon Birch (1998)

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Steven Johnson, based on the novel by John Irving.  Cinematography by Aaron Schneider.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Laurence Mark.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by David Chapman.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann, Abram Waterhouse.  Film Editing by David Finfer.   Sweet adolescent tearjerker about a young…

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Someone Like You… (2001)

TONY GOLDWYN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2001.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Lynda Obst Productions.  Screenplay by Elizabeth Chandler, based on the novel Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Lynda Obst.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Dan Leigh.  Costume Design by Michelle Matland, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Dana Congdon.   Ashley Judd plays an…

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Twisted (2004)

PHILIP KAUFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, Intertainment AG, Kopelson Entertainment, Blackout Productions Inc., Harlequin Pictures.  Screenplay by Sarah Thorp.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Barry Baeres, Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Florina Massbaum, Linne Radmin.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter Boyle.   It’s rather…

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Bug (2006)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2006.  Lions Gate Films, L.I.F.T. Production, DMK Mediafonds International, Inferno Distribution.  Screenplay by Tracy Letts, based on his play.  Cinematography by Michael Grady.  Produced by Brian Gerber, Lysa Heslov, Kate Margolis.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Christopher Tandon.  Costume Design by Abigail Nieto.  Film Editing by John Binninger.   A lonely Oklahoma woman (Ashley Judd)…

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High Crimes (2002)

CARL FRANKLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Manifest Film Company, Monarch Pictures, Epsilon Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Yuri Zeltser, Grace Carey Bickley, based on the novel by Joseph Finder.  Cinematography by Theo van de Sande.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Janet Yang.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Paul Peters.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film…

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Kiss The Girls (1997)

GARY FLEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1997.  Paramount Pictures, Rysher Entertainment. Screenplay by David Klass, based on the novel by James Patterson.  Cinematography by Aaron Schneider.  Produced by David Brown, Joe Wizan.  Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Abigail Murray.  Film Editing by Armen Minasian, William Steinkamp, Harvey Rosenstock.   Routine thriller has Ashley Judd escape the…

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