Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)

MICHAEL SHOWALTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   Red Crown Productions, Haven Entertainment, Frame Switch.  USA, 2015.  Screenplay by Laura Terruso, Michael Showalter, based on the short film Doris & The Intern by Laura Terruso.  Cinematography by Brian Burgoyne.  Produced by Daniel Crown, Kevin Mann, Riva Marker, Jordana Mollick, Daniela Taplin Lundberg.  Music by Brian H. Kim.  Production Design by Melanie…

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The Rewrite (2014)

MARC LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Resnick Interactive Development.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence.  Cinematography by Jonathan Brown.  Produced by Liz Glotzer.  Music by Clyde Lawrence.  Production Design by Ola Maslik.  Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by Ken Eluto. Hugh Grant plays an Oscar winning screenwriter whose career has seen better days; he hasn’t had a…

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22 Jump Street (2014)

PHIL LORD, CHRISTOPHER MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, LStar Capital, Media Rights Capital, Original Film, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Storyville, 75 Year Plan Productions, 33andOut Productions, JHF.  Story by Michael Bacall, Jonah Hill, Screenplay by Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman, based on the television series 21 Jump Street by Patrick…

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Anywhere But Here (1999)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the book by Mona Simpson.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.   The presence of at least one happy scene would have…

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Bounce (2000)

DON ROOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Don Roos.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Michael Besman, Steve Golin.  Music by Mychael Danna, Dean Landon.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Peter Mitchell.  Film Editing by David Codron.   Idiotic romance that insults its viewers and degrades the images of the actors involved. Ben Affleck gives a surprisingly…

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21 Jump Street (2012)

PHIL LORD, CHRISTOPHER MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Relativity Media, Original Film, Stephen J. Cannell Productions.  Story by Michael Bacall, Jonah Hill, Screenplay by Michael Bacall, based on the television series created by Patrick Hasburgh, Stephen J. Cannell.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Stephen J. Cannell, Neal H. Moritz.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh….

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Nancy Drew (2007)

ANDREW FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Virtual Studios, Jerry Weintraub Productions.  Story by Tiffany Paulsen, Screenplay by Andrew Fleming, Tiffany Paulsen, based on characters created by Mildred Wirt Benson.  Cinematography by Alexander Gruszynski.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by Ralph Sall.  Production Design by Tony Fanning.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Jeff Freeman.   The teen sleuth with…

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This Is My Life (1992)

NORA EPHRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1992.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, based on the book This Is Your Life by Meg Wolitzer.    Cinematography by Bobby Byrne.   Produced by Lynda Obst.  Music by Carly Simon.  Production Design by David Chapman.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Robert M. Reitano.   Julie Kavner stars as a…

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Lucky Numbers (2000)

NORA EPHRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France/USA, 2000.  Paramount Pictures, StudioCanal, Mad Chance.  Screenplay by Adam Resnick.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Sean Daniel, Nora Ephron, Jonathan D. Krane, Andrew Lazar.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Dan Davis.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Barry Malkin.   Truly awful Nora Ephron comedy about a financially troubled weather man…

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Sleepless In Seattle (1993)

NORA EPHRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1993.  TriStar Pictures.  Story by Jeff Arch, Screenplay by Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, Jeff Arch.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Gary Foster.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend.  Costume Design by Judy L. Raskin.  Film Editing by Robert M. Reitano.   You could hardly do better in the romantic comedy department…

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Cellular (2004)

DAVID R. ELLIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5. USA/Germany, 2004.  New Line Cinema, Electric Entertainment, LFG Filmproduktions & Company.  Story by Larry Cohen, Screenplay by Chris Morgan.  Cinematography by Gary Capo.  Produced by Dean Devlin, Lauren Lloyd.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Jaymes Hinkle.  Costume Design by Christopher Lawrence.  Film Editing by Eric A. Sears.   Hollywood genre movies like this…

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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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