Madagascar Skin (1995)

CHRIS NEWBY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB United Kingdom, 1995. British Film Institute, Channel Four Films, Dan Films. Screenplay by Chris Newby. Cinematography by Oliver Curtis. Produced by Julie Baines. Production Design by Paul Cross. Costume Design by Annie Symons. Film Editing by Chris Newby, Annabel Ware. The unpleasant trappings of this tale of…

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Wimbledon (2004)

RICHARD LONCRAINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  United Kingdom/France, 2004.  Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Inside Track Films, Firstep Productions.  Screenplay by Adam Brooks, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Liza Chasin, Eric Fellner, Mary Richards.  Music by John Colby, Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by Brian Morris.  Costume Design by Louise Stjernsward.  Film Editing by…

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Gothika (2003)

MATHIEU KASSOVITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Warner Bros., Dark Castle Entertainment.  Screenplay by Sebastian Gutierrez.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Susan Downey, L. Levin, Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Graham ‘Grace’ Walker.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Yannick Kergoat.   You know you’re in trouble when the supernatural element of…

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The Ghost And The Darkness (1996)

STEPHEN HOPKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Constellation Entertainment, Douglas/Reuther Productions, Bernina Film, Mont Blanc Entertainment GmbH.  Screenplay by William Goldman.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by A. Kitman Ho, Gale Anne Hurd, Paul B. Radin.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Roger Bondelli, Robert Brown, Steve Mirkovich.   Terrifying thriller…

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William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)

MICHAEL HOFFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  Italy/United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Taurus Film, Panoramica.  Screenplay by Michael Hoffman, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Michael Hoffman, Leslie Urdang.  Music by Simon Boswell.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Gabriella Pescucci.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Uneven adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic…

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Shirley Valentine (1989)

LEWIS GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1989.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Willy Russell, based on his play.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Lewis Gilbert.  Music by Willy Russell.  Production Design by John Stoll.  Costume Design by Candy Paterson.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.   Shirley Valentine (Pauline Collins) is a bored British housewife whose husband has the excitement level…

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The Bounty (1984)

ROGER DONALDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1984.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Bounty Productions Ltd..  Screenplay by Robert Bolt, based on the book Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian by Richard Hough. Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Bernard Williams.  Music by Vangelis.  Production Design by John Graysmark.  Costume Design by John Bloomfield.  Film Editing by Tony Lawson.   Third major version of…

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True Crime (1999)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Warner Bros., The Zanuck Company, Malpaso Productions.  Screenplay by Larry Gross, Paul Brickman, Stephen Schiff, based on the novel by Andrew Klavan.  Cinematography by Jack N. Green.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Lini Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Lennie Niehaus.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing…

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Titanic (1997)

JAMES CAMERON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Lightstorm Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Cameron.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by James Cameron, Jon Landau.  Music by James Horner. Production Design by Peter Lamont.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV, James Cameron, Richard A. Harris.    James Cameron’s expansive version of…

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ParaNorman (2012)

CHRIS BUTLER, SAM FELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2012.  Focus Features, Laika Entertainment.  Screenplay by Chris Butler.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Nelson Lowry.  Costume Design by Deborah Cook.  Film Editing by Christopher Murrie.   It’s not easy being a kid, and when you’re the type who sees dead people…

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The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/New Zealand/Germany, 2003.  New Line Cinema, WingNut Films, The Saul Zaentz Company.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Grant Major.  Costume Design by Ngila Dickson, Richard…

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The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/New Zealand/Germany, 2002.  New Line Cinema, WingNut Films, The Saul Zaentz Company.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Grant Major.  Costume Design by Ngila Dickson,…

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