Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

JOSEPH KOSINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2022. Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Story by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christopher McQuarrie, based on characters created by Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.. Cinematography by Claudio Miranda. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, David…

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Lady Bird (2017)

GRETA GERWIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2017.  Scott Rudin Productions, Entertainment 360, IAC Films.  Screenplay by Greta Gerwig.  Cinematography by Sam Levy.  Produced by Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Chris Jones.  Costume Design by April Napier.  Film Editing by Nick Houy.   Saoirse Ronan gives a bewitching performance as a teenager about to…

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Battle Of the Sexes (2017)

JONATHAN DAYTON, VALERIE FARIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.  Appalled by the sexism that sees…

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Larry Crowne (2011)

TOM HANKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   0.5.  USA, 2011.  Universal Pictures, Vendome Pictures, StudioCanal, Playtone Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Tom Hanks, Nia Vardalos.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks.  Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Alan Cody. A film so disastrous it has to be seen…

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Con Air (1997)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1997.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Kouf/Bigelow Productions, Runway Pictures, Hiett Designs of Las Vegas.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Mark Mancina, Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Chas. Butcher, Edward T. McAvoy, Seven L. Nielsen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Steve Mirkovich, Glen…

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Our Idiot Brother (2011)

JESSE PERETZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2011.  Big Beach Films, Likely Story, The Weinstein Company, Yuk Films.  Story by Jesse Peretz, Evgenia Peretz, David Schisgall, Screenplay by Evgenia Peretz, David Schisgall.  Cinematography by Yaron Orbach.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub.  Music by Eric D. Johnson, Nathan Larson. Production Design by Inbal Weinberg.  Costume Design by Christopher…

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Charlie’s Angels (2000)

McG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2000.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Flower Films, Tall Trees Productions, Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Company Medien KG.  Screenplay by Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon, John August, based on the TV series by Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg, Nancy Juvonen.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by J. Michael…

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Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

McG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2003.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Flower Films, Tall Trees Productions, Wonderland Sound and Vision.  Story by John August, Screenplay by John August, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, based on the television series of Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg, Nancy Juvonen.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by J. Michael…

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Thumbsucker (2005)

MIKE MILLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2005.  Bob Yari Productions, This Is That Productions, Cinema-Go-Go, Bull’s Eye Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mike Mills, based on the novel by Walter Kirn.  Cinematography by Joaquin Baca-Asay.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Bob Stephenson.  Music by Tim DeLaughter.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by April Napier.  Film Editing by Haines Hall,…

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Adaptation. (2002)

SPIKE JONZE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB USA, 2002.  Beverly Detroit, Clinica Estetico, Good Machine, Intermedia, Magnet Productions, Propaganda Films.  Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman, based on the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.  Cinematography by Lance Acord.  Produced by Jonathan Demme, Vincent Landay, Edward Saxon.   Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by K.K. Barrett.  Costume Design by Casey…

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Friends With Money (2006)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2006.  This Is That Productions.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener.  Cinematography by Terry Stacey.  Produced by Anthony Bregman.  Music by Rickie Lee Jones.  Production Design by Amy B. Ancona.  Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.   Nicole Holofcener has created another fascinating look at women who are both challenging and challenged in this…

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Seven (1995)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1995.  Cecchi Gori Pictures, Juno Pix, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji. Produced by Phyllis Carlyle, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce.   Skillful editing and a decidedly menacing tone are to be commended…

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