Rock Of Ages (2012)

ADAM SHANKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 2012.  New Line Cinema, Corner Store Entertainment, Material Pictures, Offspring Entertainment.   Screenplay by Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo, Allan Loeb, based on the musical by Chris D’Arienzo.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Jennifer Gibgot, Garrett Grant, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Scott Prisand, Matt Weaver.  Music…

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The Upside (2017)

NEIL BURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Escape Artists, Lantern Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jon Hartmere, based on the motion picture Intouchables by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Nick Greece, Steve Tisch.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design…

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Isle of Dogs (2018)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA/Germany, 2018.  American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, Screenplay by Wes Anderson.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Paul Harrod, Adam Stockhausen.  Film Editing by…

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Trumbo (2015)

JAY ROACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2015.  Bleecker Street Films, ShivHans Pictures, Groundswell Productions.  Screenplay by John McNamara, based on the book Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Kevin Kelly Brown, Monica Levinson, Michael London, Nimitt Mankad, John McNamara, Shivani Rawat, Janice Williams.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by…

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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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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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Drive (2011)

NICOLAS WINDING REFN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  FilmDistrict, Bold Films, MWM, Marc Platt Productions, Motel Movies.  Screenplay by Hossein Amini, based on the book by James Sallis.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Beth Mickle.  Costume Design by Erin Benach.  Film Editing by…

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1998.  DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Mutual Film Company.  Screenplay by Robert Rodat.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1998.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1998.  Golden…

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That Thing You Do!

BBBB (out of 5) Tom Hanks makes a notable directorial debut with this brilliantly edited, perfectly cast musical comedy. The story centres around a group of four friends in the sixties who form a band called The Wonders and, with their main song ‘That Thing You Do’, climb to the top of the American music…

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The Lincoln Lawyer

BBBB (out of 5) Matthew McConaughey puts his slimy charms to great use in this solid legal thriller with a wonderful twist on an old story: what happens when a lawyer not only knows that his client is guilty, but also knows that revealing it could get him into serious trouble?  A party-happy rich kid (Ryan…

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Contagion (2011)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Arab Emirates, 2011.  Warner Bros., Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Double Feature Films, Digital Image Associates, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Scott Z. Burns.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Gregory Jacobs, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Phoenix Film…

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Amazon Women On The Moon (1987)

JOE DANTE, CARL GOTTLIEB, PETER HORTON, JOHN LANDIS, ROBERT K. WEISS Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1987.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland.  Cinematography by Daniel Pearl. Produced by Robert K. Weiss.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by Ivo Cristante.  Costume Design by Taryn De Chellis.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell, Marshall Harvey, Bert Lovitt. This…

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