Green Book (2018)

PETER FARRELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Participant Media, DreamWorks, Amblin Partners, Innisfree Pictures, Wessler Entertainment.  Screenplay by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly.  Cinematography by Sean Porter.  Produced by Jim Burke, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Charles B. Wessler.  Music by Kris Bowers.  Production Design by Tim Galvin.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Patrick…

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A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

SCOTT FRANK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  1984 Private Defense Contractors, Cross Creek Pictures, Da Vinci Media Ventures, Double Feature Films, Exclusive Media Group, Jersey Films, Manu Propria Entertainment, Traveling Picture Show Company.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Lawrence Block.  Cinematography by Mihai Malaimare Jr..  Produced by Tobin Armbrust, Danny DeVito, Brian Oliver, Michael Shamberg, Stacey…

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Art School Confidential (2006)

TERRY ZWIGOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2006.  United Artists, Sony Pictures Classics, Mr. Mudd.  Screenplay by Daniel Clowes, based on his comic story.  Cinematography by Jamie Anderson.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Robert Hoffman.   Terry Zwigoff returns to the world of conflicted…

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Anywhere But Here (1999)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the book by Mona Simpson.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.   The presence of at least one happy scene would have…

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The Tie That Binds (1995)

WESLEY STRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1995.  Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.  Screenplay by Michael Auerbach.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by David Madden, Patrick Markey,John Morrissey, Susan Zachary.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Marcia Hinds.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Michael N. Knue.   Keith Carradine and Daryl Hannah lose custody of their little girl when their morally…

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Get Shorty (1995)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1995.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by John Lurie.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Ted Woerner.   Flawless adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s…

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Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark (1988)

JAMES SIGNORELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1988.  NBC Productions, New World Pictures, Panacea Entertainment, Queen B Productions.  Screenplay by Sam Egan, John Paragon, Cassandra Peterson.  Cinematography by Hanania Baer.  Produced by Eric Gardner, Mark Pierson.  Music by James B. Campbell.  Production Design by John DeCuir Jr..  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Battle Davis.   This vehicle for late-night television hostess Elvira…

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Red Dragon (2002)

BRETT RATNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Universal Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Mikona Productions GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel by Thomas Harris.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Mark…

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Rush Hour 3 (2007)

BRETT RATNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Germany, 2007.  New Line Cinema, Roger Birnbaum Productions, Arthur Sarkissian Productions, Unlike Film Productions.  Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on characters created by Ross LaManna.  Cinematography by J. Michael Muro.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Andrew Z. Davis, Jonathan Glickman, Arthur M. Sarkissian, Jay Stern.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Ed Verreaux.  Costume Design by…

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Renaissance Man (1994)

PENNY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1994.  Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Parkway Productions, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Jim Burnstein.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Elliot Abbott, Sara Colleton, Robert Greenhut, Andrew G. Vajna.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by George Bowers, Battle Davis.   Dead Poets Society goes to the army when Danny…

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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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2 Days In The Valley (1996)

JOHN HERZFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1996.  Rysher Entertainment, Redemption Productions.  Screenplay by John Herzfeld.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.Produced by Herb Nanas, Jeff Wald.  Music by Anthony Marinelli.  Production Design by Catherine Hardwicke.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Wayne Wahrman.   Awkward rehash of Pulp Fiction has lame-brained characters running around sunny California in search…

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