The Addams Family (2019)

GREG TIERNAN, CONRAD VERNON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 2019.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinesite Animation, Bron Studios, BermanBraun, Bron Creative, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Nitrogen Studios Canada.  Story by Conrad Vernon, Erica Rivinoja, Matt Lieberman, Screenplay by Pamela Pettler, Matt Lieberman, based on characters created by Charles Addams.  Produced by Gail Berman, Alison O’Brien,…

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004)

BRAD SILBERLING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon Movies, Kumar Mobiliengesellschaft mbH & Co. Projekt Nr. 2 KG, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Gordon, based on the books The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window by Daniel Handler.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Jim…

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

HENRY SELICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Touchstone Pictures.  Story by Tim Burton, Screenplay by Caroline Thompson, adaptation by Michael McDowell.  Cinematography by Pete Kozachik.  Produced by Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Deane Taylor.  Film Editing by Stan Webb.   Awe-inspiring animation is the highlight of this excellent musical that teams Disney up with the…

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Penelope (2006)

MARK PALANSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2006.  Summit Entertainment, Stone Village Pictures, Type A Films, Tatira, Grosvenor Park Media, Zephyr Films.  Screenplay by Leslie Caveny.  Cinematography by Michel Amathieu.  Produced by Jennifer Simpson, Scott Steindorff, Reese Witherspoon.  Music by Joby Talbot.  Production Design by Amanda McArthur.  Costume Design by Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Jon Gregory.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.  …

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Home Fries (1998)

DEAN PARISOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1998.  Baltimore Pictures, Home Fries Productions Inc., Kasdan Pictures, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Vince Gilligan.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Mark Johnson, Lawrence Kasdan, Barry Levinson, Charles Newirth.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Jill M. Ohanneson.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.   A messy comedy about…

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Monster House

GIL KENAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2006.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Relativity Media, ImageMovers, Amblin Entertainment, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Screenplay by Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Pamela Pettler.  Cinematography by Xavier Grobet.  Produced by Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey.  Music by Douglas Pipes. Production Design by Ed Verreaux.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Fabienne…

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Where The Wild Things Are (2009)

SPIKE JONZE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Germany, 2009.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Playtone, Wild Things Productions.  Screenplay by Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers, based on the book by Maurice Sendak.  Cinematography by Lance Acord.  Produced by John B. Carls, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks,Vincent Landay, Maurice Sendak.  Music by Carter Burwell, Karen O.  Production Design by K.K. Barrett.  Costume Design…

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The Paper (1994)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Koepp, Stephen Koepp.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Frederick Zollo.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Todd Hallowell.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.   Michael Keaton is excellent as a tabloid reporter whose one twenty-four hour day is…

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For Your Consideration

CHRISTOPHER GUEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   The loopy reality of Oscar buzz is explored in this light-hearted poke at the film industry. Director Christopher Guest has abandoned the mockumentary style that made films like This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman and Best In Show such classics, instead making a straight comedy that follows the…

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A Mighty Wind

BB (out of 5) Christopher Guest and his troupe, that naughty collective of terrific comedians who gave us Waiting For Guffman and Best In Show, have come back to rip apart another American institution, folk music.  Following the death of a pioneer folk-music producer, the deceased’s son (Bob Balaban) decides to put on a concert with…

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Best In Show

BBBB (out of 5) Christopher Guest outdoes his Waiting For Guffman with this absolutely hysterical film about dog competitions and the people who compete in them with their pets. A perfect cast, from Parker Posey to Catherine O’Hara, and the writing (based on improvisations by the cast) is amazing. One of the very funniest comedies of the…

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Waiting For Guffman (1996)

CHRISTOPHER GUEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Pale Morning Dun, All Night Productions, Sony Pictures Classics.  Screenplay by Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy.  Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer.  Produced by Karen Murphy.  Music by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer.  Production Design by Joseph T. Garrity.  Costume Design by Julie Carnahan.  Film Editing by Andy Blumenthal.   Hilarious mockumentary directed by…

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