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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The Spitfire Grill (1996)

LEE DAVID ZLOTOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Gregory Productions, The Mendocino Corporation.  Screenplay by Lee David Zlotoff.  Cinematography by Robert Draper.  Produced by Forrest Murray.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Louise Mingenbach.  Film Editing by Margaret Goodspeed.   Sappy small town drama about an ex-convict (Alison Elliott) with a heart of gold who…

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City Slickers (1991)

RON UNDERWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment, Face Productions.  Written by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Irby Smith.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Lawrence G. Paull.  Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown.  Academy Awards 1991.  Golden Globe Awards 1991.   Three stressed out city company men and age-old…

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The Last Days Of Disco (1998)

WHIT STILLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Castle Rock Entertainment, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Westerly Films.  Screenplay by Whit Stillman.  Cinematography by John Thomas.  Produced by Whit Stillman.  Music by Mark Suozzo.  Production Design by Ginger Tougas.  Costume Design by Sarah Edwards.  Film Editing by Andrew Hafitz, Jay Pires. True to the Whit Stillman mode of filmmaking, this film features young people who…

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Barcelona (1994)

WHIT STILLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Barcelona Films, Castle Rock Entertainment, Fine Line Features, Westerly Film, Westerly Films.  Screenplay by Whit Stillman.  Cinematography by John Thomas.  Produced by Whit Stillman.  Music by Mark Suozzo.  Production Design by Jose Maria Botines.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994. Whit Stillman’s endless array of convoluted conversations make…

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Miss Congeniality (2000)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Australia, 2000.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Fortis Films.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Sandra Bullock.    Music by Ed Shearmur.    Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.   Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Billy Weber.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.   Sandra Bullock…

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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous

JOHN PASQUIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Australia, 2005.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Fortis Films.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence, based on characters created by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Sandra Bullock, Marc Lawrence.  Music by John Van Tongeren. Production Design by Maher Ahmad.  Costume Design by Deena Appel.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Three…

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Othello (1995)

OLIVER PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Dakota Films, Imminent Film Productions.  Screenplay by Oliver Parker, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by David Johnson.  Produced by David Barron, Luc Roeg.  Music by Charlie Mole.  Production Design by Tim Harvey.  Costume Design by Caroline Harris.  Film Editing by Tony Lawson.   Director Oliver Parker faithfully adapts…

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Kangaroo Jack (2003)

DAVID McNALLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/Australia, 2003.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Warner Bros..  Story by Steve Bing, Barry O’Brien, Screenplay by Steve Bing, Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by George Liddle.  Costume Design by Jon Boyden, Eliza Godman, George Liddle, Daniel Orlandi.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg,…

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Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)

KELLY MAKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Simian Films.  Screenplay by Adam Scheinman, Robert Kuhn.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Elizabeth Hurley, Charles Mulvehill.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Gregory P. Keen.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by David Freeman.   Hugh Grant‘s charm and some extremely hilarious moments…

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Before Sunset (2004)

RICHARD LINKLATER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2004.  Warner Independent Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment, Detour Filmproduction.  Story by Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan, Screenplay by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, based on characters created by Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan.  Cinematography by Lee Daniel.  Produced by Anne Walker-McBay.  Production Design by Baptiste Glaymann.  Costume Design by Thierry Delettre.  Film Editing by…

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Before Sunrise (1995)

RICHARD LINKLATER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/Austria/Switzerland, 1995.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Detour Filmproduction, Filmhaus Wien Universa Filmproduktions, Sunrise Production, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan.  Cinematography by Lee Daniel.  Produced by Anne Walker-McBay.  Music by Fred Frith.  Production Design by Florian Reichmann.  Costume Design by Florentina Walley.  Film Editing by Sandra Adair.   Romance saturates the air in this wonderful…

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