Dear Evan Hansen (2021)

STEPHEN CHBOSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 2021. Marc Platt Productions, Perfect World Pictures, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Steven Levenson, based on the musical stage play, music and lyrics by Justin Paul, Benj Pasek, book by Steven Levenson. Cinematography by Brandon Trost. Produced by Marc Platt, Adam Siegel. Music by Benj Pasek, Justin…

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MacGruber (2010)

JORMA TACCONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.    USA, 2010.  Broadway Video, Michaels-Goldwyn, Relativity Media.  Screenplay by Will Forte, John Solomon, Jorma Taccone.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by John Goldwyn, Lorne Michaels.  Music by Matthew Compton.  Production Design by Robb Wilson King.  Costume Design by Susanna Puisto.  Film Editing  by Jamie Gross. Lots…

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

NICHOLAS STOLLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA/China, 2016.  Universal Pictures, Perfect World Pictures, Point Grey Pictures, Good Universe.  Screenplay by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, based on characters created by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design…

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

MARIELLE HELLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Archer Gray, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty. Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell.   Music by Nate Heller.  Production Design by Stephen H. Carter.   Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe.  Broke, unemployed and her celebrated biographies published…

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

JAMES FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2017.  Good Universe, New Line Cinema, Point Grey Pictures, RabbitBandini Productions, Ramona Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment. Screenplay by Scott Neudstadter, Michael H. Weber, based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced…

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Neighbors (2014)

NICHOLAS STOLLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Alternate title:  Bad Neighbours USA, 2014.  Good Universe, Point Grey Pictures.  Screenplay by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Julie Berghoff.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by Zene Baker.   Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne have a new baby, a…

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

AKIVA SCHAFFER, JORMA TACCONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Apatow Productions, The Lonely Island, Party Over Here, Perfect World Pictures (Beijing), Perfect World Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Rodney Rothman, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone.  Music by Matthew Compton.  Production Design by…

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Crank: High Voltage (2009)

MARK NEVELDINE, BRIAN TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Alternate title:  Crank 2: High Voltage USA, 2009.  Lionsgate, Lakeshore Entertainment, RadicalMedia.  Screenplay by Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Skip Williamson.  Music by Mike Patton.  Production Design by Jerry Fleming.  Costume Design by Dayna Pink.  Film Editing by Marc Jakubowicz, Fernando Villena.   [Spoiler alert for part…

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That Awkward Moment (2014)

TOM GORMICAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2014.  Treehouse Pictures, Aversano Films, What If It Barks Films, FilmDistrict, Ninjas Runnin’ Wild Productions, Virgin Produced.  Screenplay by Tom Gormican.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Scott Aversano, Justin Nappi, Andrew O’Connor, Kevin Turen.  Music by David Torn.  Production Design by Ethan Tobman.  Costume Design by Anna Bingemann.  Film Editing by Shawn Paper, Greg…

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This Is The End

BB.5 (out of 5) One joke is spread quite thin over two hours as a group of popular comedic actors play fictionalized versions of themselves in an apocalyptic farce. Seth Rogen picks up surly Jay Baruchel from the airport and plans a big weekend for them, Rogen particularly sensitive to the fact that Baruchel hates spending…

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