Moxie (2021)

AMY POEHLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 2021. Netflix, Paper Kite Productions. Screenplay by Tamara Chestna, Dylan Meyer, based on the novel by Jennifer Mathieu. Cinematography by Tom Magill. Produced by Kim Lessing, Amy Poehler, Morgan Sackett. Music by Mac McCaughan. Production Design by Erin Magill. Costume Design by Kirston Leigh Mann. Film…

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Captain Marvel (2019)

ANNA BODEN, RYAN FLECK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2019.  Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Animal Logic.  Story by Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Screenplay by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Pinar Toprak.  Production Design by Andy…

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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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In Good Company (2004)

PAUL WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2004.  Universal Pictures, Depth of Field.  Screenplay by Paul Weitz.  Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin.  Produced by Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz.  Music by Stephen Trask.  Production Design by William Arnold.  Costume Design by Molly Maginnis.  Film Editing by Myron I. Kerstein.   Fifty year-old Dennis Quaid has his life go in the soup when his sports magazine…

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500 Days Of Summer (2009)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Watermark, Dune Entertainment III.  Screenplay by Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber.  Cinematography by Eric Steelberg.  Produced by Mason Novick, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Steven J. Wolfe.  Music by Mychael Danna, Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by Laura Fox.  Costume Design by Hope Hanafin.  Film Editing by Alan Edward Bell.   Joseph Gordon-Levitt is thoroughly smitten…

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We Were Soldiers (2002)

RANDALL WALLACE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Icon Entertainment International, Motion Picture Production GmbH & Co. Erste KG, Wheelhouse Entertainment.  Screenplay by Randall Wallace, based on the book We Were Soldiers Once…And Young by Harold G. Moore, Joseph L. Galloway.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety, Randall Wallace.  Music by Nick Glennie-Smith. Production Design by Thomas…

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The Avengers (2012)

JOSS WHEDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2012.  Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Zak Penn, Joss Whedon, Screenplay by Joss Whedon.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Kevin Feige. Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford, Lisa Lassek.  Academy Awards 2012.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2012.   Imagine the cinematic version of a…

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The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole (1998)

TOD WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Culpan Productions LLC.  Screenplay by Tod Williams.  Cinematography by John Foster.  Produced by Karen Barber, Jasmine Kosovic.  Music by Elizabeth Swados.  Costume Design by Eric Daman.  Film Editing by Affonso Goncalves.  Independent Spirit Awards 1999.  Independent Spirit Awards 2001.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Adrian Grenier is excellent as a wayward youth in the early eighties…

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The Usual Suspects (1995)

BRYAN SINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA/Germany, 1995.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Spelling Films International, Blue Parrot, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Rosco Film GmbH.  Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Michael McDonnell, Bryan Singer.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Louise Mingenbach.  Film Editing by John Ottman.   When a group of known offenders are…

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I Love Trouble (1994)

CHARLES SHYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  Caravan Pictures, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Nancy Meyers.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Susan Becker.  Film Editing by Adam Bernardi, Paul Hirsch, Walter Murch.   Julia Roberts is obviously having a gas in this mild-mannered romantic comedy, in which…

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One Hour Photo (2002)

MARK ROMANEK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Catch 23 Entertainment, Killer Films, Laughlin Park Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Romanek.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.  Produced by Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Stan Wlodkowski.  Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek.  Production Design by Tom Foden.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford. The slick photography and…

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Clear And Present Danger (1994)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Mace Neufeld Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Donald Stewart, Steven Zaillian, John Milius, based on the novel by Tom Clancy.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Mace Neufeld, Robert Rehme.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Neil Travis.   Jack Ryan returns for his…

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