Tadpole (2002)

GARY WINICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Miramax, InDigEnt, Dolly Hall Productions, IFC Productions.  Story by Heather McGowan, Niels Mueller, Gary Winick, Screenplay by Heather McGowan, Niels Mueller.  Cinematography by Hubert Taczanowski.  Produced by Alexis Alexanian, Dolly Hall, Gary Winick.  Music by Renaud Pion.  Production Design by Anthony Gasparro.  Costume Design by Suzanne Schwarzer.  Film Editing by Susan Littenberg. This shallow little story…

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The Faculty (1998)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Dimension Films.  Story by David Wechter, Bruce Kimmel, Screenplay by Kevin Williamson.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Elizabeth Avellan.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Michael T. Boyd.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   A group of teenagers begin to wise up to the fact that their high…

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How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2003.  Lynda Obst Productions, MMP Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, Moviemakers Productions, Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans Company, W2 Film Production GmbH.  Screenplay by Kristen Buckley, Brian Regan, Burr Steers, based on the book by Michele Alexander, Jeannie Long.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Robert Evans, Lynda Obst, Christine Peters.  Music by David Newman.  Production…

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The Associate (1996)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Frederic Golchan Productions.  Screenplay by Nick Thiel, based on the screenplay L’Associe by Jean-Claude Carriere, Rene Gainville, from the novel El Socio by Jenaro Prieto.  Cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy.  Produced by Frederic Golchan, Adam Leipzig, Patrick Markey.  Music by Christopher Tyng.  Production Design by Andrew…

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Liberty Heights (1999)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Baltimore Pictures, Spring Creek Productions.  Screenplay by Barry Levinson.  Cinematography by Christopher Doyle.  Produced by Barry Levinson, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Andrea Morricone.  Production Design by Vincent Peranio.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Stu Linder. Another in the long line of Barry Levinson’s stories of growing up Jewish in 1950s Baltimore. Ben…

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Bugsy (1991)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1991.  TriStar Pictures, Mulholland Productions, Baltimore Pictures.  Screenplay by James Toback.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Warren Beatty, Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Stu Linder, Christopher Holmes.   Thoroughly overrated gangster movie tells the true story of Benjamin…

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Jumanji (1995)

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1995.  TriStar Pictures, Interscope Communications, Teitler Film.  Screen Story by Greg Taylor, Jim Strain, Chris Van Allsburg, Screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor, Jim Strain, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg.  Cinematography by Thomas E. Ackerman.  Produced by Scott Kroopf, William Teitler.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by James…

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Green Card (1990)

PETER WEIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Australia/France/USA, 1990.  Touchstone Pictures, Australian Film Finance Corporation.  Screenplay by Peter Weir.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Peter Weir.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Wendy Stites.  Costume Design by Jennifer Ingram, Roseann Milano, Ingrid Price.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson.   This heartfelt romance comes across in so simple a way that it…

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Summer Of Sam (1999)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   USA, 1999.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Touchstone Pictures, Hostage Productions.  Screenplay by Spike Lee, Victor Colicchio, Michael Imperioli.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee directs this exploitative and…

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Le Divorce (2003)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  France/USA, 2003.   Merchant Ivory Productions, Radar Pictures.  Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Ivory, based on the novel by Diane Johnson.   Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme.   Produced by Ismail Merchant, Michael Schiffer.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by Frederic Benard.   Costume Design by Carol Ramsey.   Film Editing by John…

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Malice (1993)

HAROLD BECKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Canada/USA, 1993.  Castle Rock Entertainment, New Line Cinema.  Story by Aaron Sorkin, Jonas McCord, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, Scott Frank.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Harold Becker, Charles Mulvehill, Rachel Pfeffer.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Philip Harrison.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.   Nicole Kidman and Bill Pullman play a happy…

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The Big Bounce (2004)

GEORGE ARMITAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2004.  Shangri-La Entertainment, Material, Taormina Productions.  Screenplay by Sebastian Gutierrez, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball.  Produced by George Armitage, Steve Bing, Jorge Saralegui.  Music by George S. Clinton.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox, Tracy Tynan.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan, Barry Malkin.  …

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