One Night In Miami (2020)

REGINA KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2020. ABKCO Films, Snoot Entertainment. Screenplay by Kemp Powers, based on his play. Cinematography by Tami Reiker. Produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Page Buckner, Barry Robison. Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Film Editing by Tariq…

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Pitch Perfect (2012)

JASON MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2012.  Brownstone Productions, Gold Circle Films.  Screenplay by Kay Cannon, based on the book by Mickey Rapkin.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks, Max Handelman.  Music by Christophe Beck, Mark Kilian.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Salvador Perez Jr.. …

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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

MEL GIBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia/USA, 2016.  Cross Creek Pictures, Demarest Films, Pandemonium, Permut Presentations, Vendian Entertainment.  Screenplay by Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight.  Cinematography by Simon Duggan.  Produced by Terry Benedict, Paul Currie, Bruce Davey, William D. Johnson, Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver, David Permut.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Barry Robison. Costume Design by Lizzy Gardiner.  Film…

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Vacation (2015)

JOHN FRANCIS DALEY, JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 2015.  BenderSpink, David Dobkin Productions, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, based on characters created by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Chris Bender, David Dobkin.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Debra McGuire.  Film Editing by Jamie…

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You, Me And Dupree (2006)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Kaplan / Perrone Entertainment, MMCB Film Produktion 2004.  Screenplay by Michael LeSieur.  Cinematography by Charles Minsky.  Produced by Mary Parent, Scott Stuber, Owen Wilson.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Karen Patch.  Film Editing by Peter B. Ellis, Debra Neil-Fisher.   ‘Loveable fuckup’ Dupree…

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Home Fries

DEAN PARISOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1998.  Baltimore Pictures, Home Fries Productions Inc., Kasdan Pictures, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Vince Gilligan.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Mark Johnson, Lawrence Kasdan, Barry Levinson, Charles Newirth.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Jill M. Ohanneson.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.  …

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My Family

GREGORY NAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Mi Familia USA, 1995.  American Playhouse, American Zoetrope, Majestic Films International, Newcomb Productions.  Screenplay by Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Anna Thomas.  Music by Mark McKenzie.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Tracy Tynan.  Film Editing by Nancy Richardson.  Academy Awards 1995.  Independent Spirit Awards 1995.   Multiple generations of a…

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October Sky

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Jake Gyllenhaal‘s impressive starring debut was in this excellent family drama. It’s the true story of Homer Hickam (you know a writer wouldn’t make up that name), a boy from a West Virginia coal mining town who, along with his three best friends, dreams of being a…

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Hidalgo

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   Inspired by the supposedly true story of Frank Hopkins (most historians can’t agree on just how much of it is fiction), the famous cowboy who witnessed the massacre at Wounded Knee and later rode with Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley in their Wild West show. When Hopkins’…

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Rendition

GAVIN HOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   Egyptian-born Omar Metwally has just arrived home from South Africa when he is detained at the airport, arrested by the authorities and shipped to a prison out of the country. His wife (Reese Witherspoon) waits anxiously at home after noticing that he hasn’t gotten off his plane, making…

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

GAVIN HOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   I watched Alpha Male Wolverine mope around Patrick Stewart’s house for three movies, absolutely boggled as to what could have led any man to become a muscular, emotionally-retentive punching machine, and now I finally have the answer. As I suspected, the story of Wolverine’s origins are only enough…

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The Rookie

BBB (out of 5) Dennis Quaid plays a high school baseball coach who was once in line to make it to the majors but had to quit after an injury ruined his dreams of being a star player. Now a married man (to beautiful Rachel Griffiths) and father, Quaid is convinced by his ballplayers to once…

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