Five Corners (1987)

TONY BILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1987. Cineplex Odeon Films, HandMade Films. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Tony Bill, Forrest Murray. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Adrianne Lobel. Costume Design by Peggy Farrell. Film Editing by Andy Blumenthal. John Patrick Shanley pays…

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Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead (1995)

GARY FLEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1995.  Miramax, Woods Entertainment.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Jonathan McHugh, Cary Woods.  Music by Michael Convertino.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Abigail Murray.  Film Editing by Richard Marks. This one’s plot reads like a failing student in…

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Hope Floats (1998)

FOREST WHITAKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox, Fortis Films.  Screenplay by Steven Rogers.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Lynda Obst.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Larry Fulton.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   Nice little drama about a Texan beauty queen (Sandra Bullock) who returns home to her mother after her best friend…

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Get Low (2009)

AARON SCHNEIDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany/Poland, 2009.  K5 International, Zanuck Independent. David Gundlach Productions, LARA Enterprises, TVN, Butcher’s Run Films.  Story by Chris Provenzano, Scott Seeke, Screenplay by Chris Provenzano, C. Gaby Mitchell.  Cinematography by David Boyd.  Produced by David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Aaron Schneider.  Independent…

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Paulie (1998)

JOHN ROBERTS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  DreamWorks, Mutual Film Company.  Screenplay by Laurie Craig.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Allison Lyon Segan.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Bruce Cannon.   Tired tale of a lonely, wandering budgie (voiced by Jay Mohr, who also…

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The January Man (1989)

PAT O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1989.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Star Partners II Ltd..   Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Ezra Swerdlow.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Ann Roth, Neil Spisak.  Film Editing by Lou Lombardo.   An all-star cast can’t save this incredibly dull mystery-comedy. Kevin Kline, who…

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Night At The Museum (2006)

SHAWN LEVY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2006.  Twentieth Century Fox, Ingenious Film Partners, 1492 Pictures, 21 Laps Entertainment, Dune Entertainment.  Screen Story and Screenplay by Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, based on the book by Milan Trenc.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Shawn Levy.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Claude Pare.  Costume Design by…

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The Bodyguard (1992)

MICK JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1992.  Kasdan Pictures, Tig Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Kevin Costner, Lawrence Kasdan, Jim Wilson.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Susan Nininger.  Film Editing by Donn Cambern, Richard A. Harris.   Whitney Houston made her feature starring debut in this middling…

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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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Compromising Positions (1985)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1985.  Blackhawk Productions, C.P. Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Susan Isaacs, based on her novel.  Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld.  Produced by Frank Perry.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.   An adaptation of a Susan Isaacs novel that would suit…

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That Thing You Do! (1996)

TOM HANKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Clavius Base, Clinica Estetico, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Tom Hanks.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Jonathan Demme, Gary Goetzman, Edward Saxon.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   Tom Hanks makes a notable directorial debut with this brilliantly edited, perfectly…

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A Mighty Wind (2003)

CHRISTOPHER GUEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2003.  Castle Rock Entertainment.  Screenplay by Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy.  Cinematography by Arlene Nelson.  Produced by Karen Murphy.  Production Design by Joseph T. Garrity.  Costume Design by Durinda Wood.  Film Editing by Robert Leighton.   Christopher Guest and his troupe, that naughty collective of terrific comedians who gave us Waiting For Guffman and Best In Show, have…

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