Bad Influence (1990)

CURTIS HANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1990.  Epic Productions, Producers Representative Organization, Sarliu/Diamant.  Screenplay by David Koepp.   Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Steve Tisch.   Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Ron Foreman.  Costume Design by Malissa Daniel.  Film Editing by Bonnie Koehler. James Spader is a straight-arrow stock broker whose…

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Hero (1992)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5. Alternate Title: Accidental Hero USA, 1992.  Columbia Pictures.   Story by Laura Ziskin, Alvin Sargent, David Webb Peoples, Screenplay by David Webb Peoples.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.   Produced by Laura Ziskin.  Music by George Fenton.   Production Design by Dennis Gassner.   Costume Design by Richard Hornung.   Film Editing by…

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Live By Night (2016)

BEN AFFLECK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Appian Way, Pearl Street Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Warner Bros., iMint Media.  Screenplay by Ben Affleck, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Jennifer Todd.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by William…

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Mighty Joe Young (1998)

RON UNDERWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  RKO Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Rosenthal, Lawrence Konner, based on a story by Merian C. Cooper and a screenplay by Ruth Rose. Cinematography by Donald Peterman, Oliver Wood.  Produced by Ted Hartley, Tom Jacobson.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Molly Maginnis.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Academy…

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Apollo 13 (1995)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Broyles Jr., Al Reinert, based on the book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.  Academy Awards 1995.  Golden…

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The Fisher King (1991)

TERRY GILLIAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Debra Hill, Lynda Obst.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.  Academy Awards 1991.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1991.  Golden Globe Awards 1991.  Toronto International Film Festival 1991.   Jeff…

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Heartburn (1986)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1986.   Paramount Pictures.   Screenplay by Nora Ephron, based on her novel.   Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.   Produced by Robert Greenhut, Mike Nichols.   Music by Carly Simon.   Production Design by Tony Walton.   Costume Design by Ann Roth.   Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    A mesmerizing performance by Meryl Streep…

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The Big Lebowski (1998)

JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1998.  Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Ethan Coen.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Rick Heinrichs.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Tricia Cooke. Annoying Coen brothers film about mistaken identity has…

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J. Edgar (2011)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Imagine Entertainment, Malpaso Productions, Wintergreen Productions. Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black.  Cinematography by Tom Stern.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Robert Lorenz.  Music by Clint Eastwood.  Production Design by James J. Murakami.  Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing by Joel Cox, Gary Roach.  Golden Globe Awards 2011.  Screen Actors Guild…

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Broadcast News

BBBB (out of 5) A picture-perfect but intellectually slight anchorman (William Hurt), a brilliant but awkward colleague (Albert Brooks) and a sharp news producer (Holly Hunter) are the three main characters of this terrific look into the world of television news. Set in Washington, the first half of the film beautifully details the many crazy…

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United 93 (2006)

PAUL GREENGRASS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom/USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Working Title Films, Zak Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Greengrass.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Greengrass, Lloyd Levin.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Dominic Watkins.  Costume Design by Dinah Collin.  Film Editing by Clare Douglas, Richard Pearson, Christopher Rouse.  Academy Awards 2006.  American…

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Armageddon (1998)

MICHAEL BAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Valhalla Motion Pictures, Digital Image Associates.  Story by Robert Roy Pool, Jonathan Hensleigh, adaptation by Tony Gilroy, Shane Salerno, Screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, J.J. Abrams.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer, Gale Anne Hurd.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Michael White.  Costume…

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