Knives Out (2019)

RIAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2019.  Lionsgate, Media Rights Capital, T-Street.  Screenplay by Rian Johnson.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Ram Bergman, Rian Johnson.  Music by Nathan Johnson.  Production Design by David Crank.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing by Bob Ducsay.   A famous mystery author (Christopher Plummer) who…

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Starcrash (1978)

LUIGI COZZI Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.  USA, 1978.  Nat and Patrick Wachsberger Productions.  Screenplay by Luigi Cozzi, Nat Wachsberger, additional dialogue to R.A. Dillon.  Cinematography by Paul Beeson, Roberto D’Ettorre Piazzoli.  Produced by Nat Wachsberger, Patrick Wachsberger.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Aurelio Crugnola.  Film Editing by Sergio Montanari.  Bad Star…

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Dreamscape (1984)

JOSEPH RUBEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1984.  Zupnik-Curtis Enterprises, Bella Productions, Chevy Chase Films, Weintraub Entertainment Group.  Story by David Loughery, Screenplay by David Loughery, Chuck Russell, Joseph Ruben.  Cinematography by Brian Tufano.  Produced by Bruce Cohn Curtis.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by R. Clifford Searcy, Jeff Staggs.  Costume Design by Johanna Ray.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey. Dennis Quaid…

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All The Money In The World (2017)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 USA, 2017.  Imperative Entertainment, RedRum Films, Scott Free Productions, TriStar Productions.  Screenplay by David Scarpa, based on the book by John Pearson.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Chris Clark, Quentin Curtis, Dan Friedkin, Mark Huffam, Ridley Scott, Bradley Thomas, Kevin J. Walsh.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by…

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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

BHARAT NALLURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Ireland/Canada, 2017.  Mazur/Kaplan Company, The Mob Film Company, Parallel Films, Rhombus Media.  Screenplay by Susan Coyne, based on the book by Les Standiford.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Niv Fichman, Vadim Jean, Robert Mickelson, Susan Mullen, Ian Sharples.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Paki Smith.  Costume Design by Leonie Prendergast.  Film Editing by Stephen…

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Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1965.  Park Place Production, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Gavin Lambert, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Aaron Stell.   Natalie Wood is terrific as a teenager living on a grimy boardwalk in…

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Danny Collins (2015)

DAN FOGELMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Big Indie Pictures, ShivHans Pictures.  Screenplay by Dan Fogelman.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Nimitt Mankad, Jessie Nelson.  Music by Ryan Adams, Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Film Editing by Julie Monroe.   Al Pacino plays a Manilow-esque crooner who hasn’t written a song in decades but spends his time…

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The Sound Of Music (1965)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1965.  Robert Wise Productions, Argyle Enterprises.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, with the partial use of ideas by George Hurdalek, from the stage musical book by Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse and the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by…

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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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Somewhere In Time (1980)

JEANNOT SZWARC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1980.  Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Matheson, based on his novel Bid Time Return.  Cinematography by Isidore Mankofsky.  Produced by Stephen Deutsch.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Seymour Klate.  Costume Design by Jean-Pierre Dorleac.  Film Editing by Jeff Gourson.   I call this one the Gone With The Wind of Harlequin romances. Christopher Reeve…

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Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2002.  United Artists Film Corporation, Hart-Sharp Entertainment, Potboiler Productions.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams, John Hart, Jeffrey Sharp.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.   After the…

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Beginners (2010)

MIKE MILLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2010.     Olympus Pictures, Parts and Labor, Northwood Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Mills.  Cinematography by Kasper Tuxen.  Produced by Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Jay Van Hoy, Dean Vanech.  Music by Roger Neill, Dave Palmer, Brian Reitzell.  Production Design by Shane Valentino.  Costume Design by Jennifer Johnson.  Film Editing by Olivier Bugge Coutte.  …

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