The Vampire Lovers (1970)

ROY WARD BAKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1970.  Hammer Films.   Screenplay by Tudor Gates, adaptation by Harry Fine, Tudor Gates, Michael Style, based on the story Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu.   Cinematography by Moray Grant.   Produced by Harry Fine, Michael Style.  Music by Harry Robertson.  Production Design by Scott MacGregor.  Costume…

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Hidden Agenda (1990)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom, 1990.  Hemdale, Initial.  Screenplay by Jim Allen.  Cinematography by Clive Tickner.  Produced by Eric Fellner.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Martin Johnson.  Costume Design by Daphne Dare.  Film Editing by Jonathan Morris.   A lawyer (Brad Dourif) and a former documentary filmmaker (Frances McDormand) are investigating allegations of abusive behavior by British…

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Pixels (2015)

CHRIS COLUMBUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/China/Canada, 2015.  Columbia Pictures, LStar Capital, China Film Co., Happy Madison Productions, 1492 Pictures, Film Croppers Entertainment.  Screen story by Tim Herlihy, Screenplay by Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling, based on the short film by Patrick Jean.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Allen Covert, Mark Radcliffe, Adam Sandler.  Music…

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)

RUPERT WYATT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Twentieth Century Fox, Dune Entertainment, Chernin Entertainment, Ingenious Media, Big Screen Productions, Ingenious Film Partners.  Screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, suggested by the novel La Planete des Singes by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Claude Pare.  Costume…

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The Ring (2002)

GORE VERBINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Japan, 2002.  DreamWorks, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, BenderSpink.  Screenplay by Ehren Kruger, based on the screenplay Ringu by Hiroshi Takahashi and the novel by Koji Suzuki.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Tom Duffield.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Craig Wood.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards…

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X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003)

BRYAN SINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  X2 Canada/USA, 2003.  Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Enterprises, Donners’ Company, Bad Hat Harry Productions, XF2 Canada Productions, XM2 Productions.  Story by Zak Penn, David Hayter, Bryan Singer, Screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, David Hayter.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter.  Music by John…

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The Affair Of The Necklace (2001)

CHARLES SHYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2001.  Alcon Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Sweet.  Cinematography by Ashley Rowe.  Produced by Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Redmond Morris, Charles Shyer.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Alex McDowell.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by David Moritz.  Academy Awards 2001.   Hilary Swank‘s faultless performance in this sudsy costume melodrama almost convinces you to forgive…

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For Love Of The Game (1999)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Universal Pictures, Beacon Pictures, Tig Productions, Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Dana Stevens, based on the novel by Michael Shaara.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Amy Robinson.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Eric L. Beason, Arthur Coburn.   Moody love story that…

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The Campaign (2012)

JAY ROACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.5.  USA, 2012.  Warner Bros., Gary Sanchez Productions, Everyman Pictures, Location Gourmet, Reel Chefs Catering.  Story by Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell, Screenplay by Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Adam McKay, Jay Roach.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi.  Film…

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Her (2013)

SPIKE JONZE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Annapurna Pictures.  Screenplay by Spike Jonze.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay.  Music by Arcade Fire.  Production Design by K.K. Barrett.  Costume Design by Casey Storm.  Film Editing by Jeff Buchanan, Eric Zumbrunnen.  Academy Awards 2013.  American Film Institute 2013. Dorian Awards 2013.   Golden Globe Awards 2013.  Las Vegas Film…

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Running With Scissors

RYAN MURPHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2006.  Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Ryan Murphy, based on the book Running With Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs. Cinematography by Christopher Baffa.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Brad Grey, Ryan Murphy, Brad Pitt.  Music by James S. Levine.  Production Design by Richard Sherman.  Costume Design by Lou Eyrich.  Film Editing by Byron Smith.  Golden Globe…

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The Flying Scotsman (2006)

DOUGLAS MACKINNON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Germany/United Kingdom, 2006.  ContentFilm International, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Scion Films, Scottish Screen, Zero Film GmbH, Zero West Filmproduktion.   Screenplay by John Brown, Simon Rose, Declan Hughes.  Cinematography by Gavin Finney.   Produced by Peter Broughan, Claire Chapman, Sara Giles, Peter Gallagher.   Music by Martin Phipps.  Production Design by Mike Gunn. Costume Design…

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