Passing (2021)

REBECCA HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2021. AUM Group, Film4, Flat Five Productions, Gamechanger Films, Hungry Bull Productions, Picture Films, Significant Productions, Sweet Tomato Films, TGCK Partners, XRM Media. Screenplay by Rebecca Hall, based on the novel by Nella Larsen. Cinematography by Eduard Grau. Produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Rebecca Hall,…

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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

JARED HESS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Paramount Pictures, MTV Films, Access Films, Napolean Pictures.  Screenplay by Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess.  Cinematography by Munn Powell.  Produced by Jeremy Coon, Sean Covel, Chris Wyatt.  Music by John Swihart.  Production Design by Cory Lorenzen.  Costume Design by Jerusha Hess.  Film Editing by Jeremy Coon.   The title character is an oddball…

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Losin’ It (1983)

CURTIS HANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Canada/USA, 1983.  Tiberius Film Productions, Tijuana Productions.  Story by Bill L. Norton, Bryan Gindoff, Screenplay by Bill L. Norton.  Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor.  Produced by Bryan Gindoff, Hannah Hempstead.  Music by Kenneth Wannberg.  Production Design by Robb Wilson King.  Costume Design by Joanna Palace.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.   Familiar eighties silliness as four teenagers…

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Hear No Evil (1993)

ROBERT GREENWALD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1993.  Twentieth Century Fox, Great Movie Ventures.  Story by Randall M. Badat, Danny Rubin, screenplay by Randall M. Badat, Kathleen Rowell.  Cinematography by Steven Shaw.  Produced by Robert Greenwald, David Matalon.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Bernt Amadeus Capra.  Costume Design by Fleur Thiemeyer.  Film Editing by Eva Gardos.   Routine, tired premise…

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The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1986.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi V Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by William J. Cassidy.  Costume Design by Mary Malin.  Film Editing by John G. Avildsen, David Garfield, Jane Kurson.   Taking up exactly at the moment that the…

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The Karate Kid (1984)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1984.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi II Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen, based on his characters.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by William J. Cassidy.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno, Aida Swinson.  Film Editing by John G. Avildsen, Walt Mulconery, Bud S. Smith.   Eight…

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