The Lion King (2019)

JON FAVREAU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2019.  Fairview Entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on a story by Brenda Chapman and characters by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Jon Favreau, Karen Gilchrist, Jeffrey Silver.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by James…

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Never Look Away (2018)

FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Original title:  Werk ohne Autor Germany/Italy, 2018.  Pergamon Film, Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion, Beta Cinema, ARD Degeto Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Sky Deutschland, Rai Cinema, W.o.A. Film, ARTE.  Screenplay by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Quirin Berg, Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck, Florian…

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Winter’s Tale (2014)

AKIVA GOLDSMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 2014.  Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros., Weed Road Pictures.  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, based on the novel by Mark Helprin.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel. Produced by Tony Allard, Akiva Goldsman, Marc Platt, Michael Tadross.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Naomi Shohan.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by…

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Hope Floats (1998)

FOREST WHITAKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox, Fortis Films.  Screenplay by Steven Rogers.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Lynda Obst.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Larry Fulton.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   Nice little drama about a Texan beauty queen (Sandra Bullock) who returns home to her mother after her best friend…

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National Treasure (2004)

JON TURTELTAUB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Junction Entertainment, Saturn Films.  Story by Jim Kouf, Oren Aviv, Charles Segars, Screenplay by Jim Kouf, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jon Turteltaub.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Norris Spencer.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg….

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Ask The Dust (2006)

ROBERT TOWNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2006.  Paramount Pictures, Cruise/Wagner Productions, Ascendant Pictures, Capitol Films, VIP 3 Medienfonds.  Screenplay by Robert Towne, based on the novel by John Fante.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Tom Cruise, Don Granger, Jonas McCord, Paula Wagner.  Music by Ramin Djawadi, Heitor Pereira.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Robert…

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Anna And The King (1999)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1999.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Lawrence Bender Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, based on the diaries of Anna Leonowens.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Lawrence Bender, Ed Elbert.  Music by George Fenton, Robert Kraft.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film Editing by Roger Bondelli.   So-so effort that features a surprisingly…

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Dream House (2011)

JIM SHERIDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.5.  USA, 2011.  Cliffjack Motion Pictures, Morgan Creek Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by David Loucka.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Daniel Bobker, Ehren Kruger, David C. Robinson, James G. Robinson.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Delphine White.  Film Editing by Glen Scantlebury, Barbara Tulliver.   It’s hard to do worse than this thriller, producing…

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Message In A Bottle (1999)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Bel Air Entertainment, DiNovi Pictures, Tig Productions.  Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Kevin Costner, Denise Di Novi, Jim Wilson.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   Poetic cinematography and an unapologetically…

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Visions Of Light (1992)

ARNOLD GLASSMAN, TODD McCARTHY, STUART SAMUELS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/Japan, 1992.  American Film Institute, NHK.  Screenplay by Todd McCarthy.  Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber.  Produced by Stuart Samuels.  Film Editing by Arnold Glassman.   Movies about movies are always entertaining, and this beautiful film about the art of cinematography is no exception. The filmmakers have interviewed a group of…

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The Natural (1984)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1984.  TriStar Pictures, Delphi II Productions.  Screenplay by Roger Towne, Phil Dusenberry, based on the novel by Bernard Malamud.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel. Produced by Mark Johnson.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Mel Bourne, Angelo P. Graham.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham, Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.   This wonderful film by…

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The Right Stuff (1983)

PHILIP KAUFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1983.  The Ladd Company.  Screenplay by Philip Kaufman, based on the book by Tom Wolfe.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by James W. Tyson.  Film Editing by Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Tom Rolf, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Stewart.  …

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