Masquerade (1988)

BOB SWAIM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1988. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Michael Levy Enterprises. Screenplay by Dick Wolf. Cinematography by David Watkin. Produced by Michael I. Levy. Music by John Barry. Production Design by John Kasarda. Costume Design by John Boxer. Film Editing by Scott Conrad. Cashing in on the popularity of steamy erotic thrillers…

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The Kitchen (2019)

ANDREA BERLOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2019.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, DC Vertigo, Michael De Luca Productions, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Andrea Berloff, based on the comic book series by Ollie Masters, Ming Doyle.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Michael De Luca, Marcus Viscidi.  Music by Bryce Dessner. …

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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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Dan In Real Life (2007)

PETER HEDGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2007.  Touchstone Pictures, Focus Features, Jon Shestack Productions, Dan In Real Life Productions.  Screenplay by Pierce Gardner, Peter Hedges.  Cinematography by Lawrence Sher.  Produced by Brad Epstein, Jon Shestack.  Music by Sondre Lerche.  Production Design by Sarah Knowles.  Costume Design by Alix Friedberg.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.   Steve Carell‘s life is in upheaval:…

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Trading Places (1983)

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1983.  Cinema Group Ventures, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod.  Cinematography by Robert Paynter.  Produced by Aaron Russo.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Gene Rudolf.   Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell.   This is one of the films that led to Eddie Murphy becoming the biggest comedy stars of the…

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The Natural (1984)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1984.  TriStar Pictures, Delphi II Productions.  Screenplay by Roger Towne, Phil Dusenberry, based on the novel by Bernard Malamud.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel. Produced by Mark Johnson.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Mel Bourne, Angelo P. Graham.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham, Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.   This wonderful film by…

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Suspect (1987)

PETER YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 1987.  TriStar Pictures, ML Delphi Premier Productions.  Screenplay by Eric Roth.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by Daniel A. Sherkow.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Ray Lovejoy. Cher is marvelous in this taut, entertaining thriller as a lawyer who is given the impossible…

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The American President (1995)

ROB REINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment, Wildwood Enterprises, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Digital Image Associates.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Rob Reiner.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Robert Leighton.   Rob Reiner scores high points with this delightful romantic comedy fuelled…

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The Peacemaker (1997)

MIMI LEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1997.  DreamWorks.  Screenplay by Michael Schiffer, based on the article One Point Safe by Leslie Cockburn, Andrew Cockburn.  Cinematography by Dietrich Lohmann.  Produced by Branko Lustig, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Shelley Komarov.  Film Editing by David Rosenbloom.   Don’t listen to the mean old critics…

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