Godzilla (2014)

GARETH EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/Japan, 2014.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Disruption Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Toho Company.  Story by David Callaham, Screenplay by Max Borenstein.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Bob Ducsay. With the disappointment…

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City Of Angels (1998)

BRAD SILBERLING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany/USA, 1998.  Atlas Entertainment, Monarchy Enterprises B.V., Regency Enterprises, Taurus Film, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Dana Stevens, based on the screenplay Der Himmel Uber Berlin by Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, Richard Reitinger.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Dawn Steel, Charles Roven.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by…

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Volcano (1997)

MICK JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1997.  Twentieth Century Fox, Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions, Moritz Original, Fox 2000 Pictures.  Story by Jerome Armstrong, Screenplay by Jerome Armstrong, Billy Ray.  Cinematography by Theo van de Sande.  Produced by Andrew Z. Davis, Neal H. Moritz.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Jackson De Govia.  Costume Design by Kirsten Everberg.  Film Editing by Don Brochu,…

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Apollo 13 (1995)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Broyles Jr., Al Reinert, based on the book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.   Ron Howard’s best…

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Primary Colors (1998)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom/Germany/USA/Japan, 1998.   Award Entertainment, British Broadcasting Corporation, Icarus Productions, Marubeni, Mutual Film Company, Tele Munchen Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa, UGC PH, Universal Pictures.   Screenplay by Elaine May, based on the novel by Joe Klein.   Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.   Produced by Mike Nichols.   Music by Ry Cooder.   Production Design…

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Wolf (1994)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.   Columbia Pictures Corporation.   Screenplay by Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick.   Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.   Produced by Douglas Wick.   Music by Ennio Morricone.   Production Design by Jim Dultz, Bo Welch.   Costume Design by Ann Roth.   Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    Jack Nicholson is on a dark, winding…

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Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2007.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Participant Media, Playtone, MP Munich Pape Filmproductions, Good Time Charlie Productions.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by George Crile.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by…

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What Planet Are You From? (2000)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, What Planet Are You From? Productions.  Story by Garry Shandling, Michael Leeson, Screenplay by Garry Shandling, Michael Leeson, Ed Solomon, Peter Tolan.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Neil A. Machlis, Mike Nichols, Garry Shandling.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing…

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Live Nude Girls (1995)

JULIANNA LAVIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  USA, 1995.  IRS Media, Republic Pictures, Spelling Entertainment, Steve White Properties.  Screenplay by Julianna Lavin.  Cinematography by Christopher Taylor.  Produced by Barry Bernardi, Cara Tapper, Steve White.  Music by Anton Sanko.  Production Design by Jerry Fleming.  Costume Design by Israel Segal.  Film Editing by Kathryn Himoff.   Very funny ensemble comedy benefits from an excellent cast….

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Up Close & Personal (1996)

JON AVNET Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Touchstone Pictures, Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Avnet/Kerner Productions.  Screenplay by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, based on the book Golden Girl: The Story of Jessica Savitch by Alanna Nash.  Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.  Produced by Jon Avnet, Jordan Kerner, David Nicksay.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Jeremy Conway.  Costume Design…

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The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion (2001)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/Germany, 2001.  DreamWorks, VCL Communications, Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Letty Aronson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter. Woody Allen‘s clever zingers pour out of his mouth constantly but fall flat in this overtired and badly paced comedy, his…

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Small Time Crooks (2000)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Sweetland Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Tracey Ullman is magnificent as Woody Allen‘s exasperated wife, who starts a cookie business as a front for her husband’s plans for robbing…

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