Happiest Season (2020)

CLEA DuVALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA/Canada, 2020. TriStar Pictures, Entertainment One, Hulu Originals, Temple Hill Entertainment. Story by Clea DuVall, Screenplay by Clea DuVall, Mary Holland. Cinematography by John Gulesarian. Produced by Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner. Music by Amie Doherty. Production Design by Theresa Guleserian. Costume Design by Kathleen Felix-Hager. Film Editing…

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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

JILL SPRECHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Stonelock Pictures, Single Cell Pictures, double A Films, Conversation Productions Inc., Echo Lake Entertainment, Entitled Entertainment.  Screenplay by Karen Sprecher, Jill Sprecher.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Beni Atoori, Gina Resnick.  Music by Alex Wurman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Boston Film Critics…

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The Grudge (2004)

TAKASHI SHIMIZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan/Germany, 2004.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Ghost House Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen Susco, based on the film Ju-On: The Grudge by Takashi Shimizu.  Cinematography by Hideo Yamamoto.  Produced by Takashige Ichise, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Iwao Saito.  Costume Design by Shawn Holly Cookson, Miyuki Taniguchi.  Film Editing by Jeff Betancourt.   An…

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The Faculty (1998)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Dimension Films.  Story by David Wechter, Bruce Kimmel, Screenplay by Kevin Williamson.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Elizabeth Avellan.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Michael T. Boyd.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   A group of teenagers begin to wise up to the fact that their high…

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The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)

RAND RAVICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  New Line Cinema, Mad Chance.  Screenplay by Rand Ravich.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Andrew Lazar.  Music by George S. Clinton.  Production Design by Jan Roelfs.  Costume Design by Isis Mussenden. Film Editing by Timothy Alverson, Steve Mirkovich.   Exciting, stylish thriller by first time director Rand Ravich that apes the best elements…

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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany/USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Red Wagon Entertainment, Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Company Medien KG.  Screenplay by James Mangold, Lisa Loomer, Anna Hamilton Phelan, based on the book by Susanna Kaysen.  Cinematography by Jack N. Green.  Produced by Cathy Konrad, Douglas Wick.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Arianne…

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Identity (2003)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2003.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Konrad Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Cooney.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Cathy Konrad.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by David Brenner. In this adequately crafty thriller, ten strangers gather at a roadside motel during a violent thunderstorm that…

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She’s All That (1999)

ROBERT ISCOVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Miramax, Tapestry Films, FilmColony, All That Productions.  Screenplay by R. Lee Fleming Jr..  Cinematography by Francis Kenny.  Produced by Peter Abrams, Richard N. Gladstein, Robert L. Levy.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Charles William Breen.  Costume Design by Denise Wingate.  Film Editing by Casey O. Rohrs.   Teens will find much to enjoy in this…

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21 Grams (2003)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2003.  This Is That Productions, Y Productions.  Screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Robert Salerno.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by Brigitte Broch.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Academy Awards 2003.  Independent Spirit Awards 2003.  Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2003.  National Board…

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Can’t Hardly Wait

DEBORAH KAPLAN, HARRY ELFONT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   This cute ensemble comedy will have a great deal of appeal for its demographic target, taking place on the last night of high school following a graduation ceremony. A party at a young woman’s house gets out of control as a group of teenagers deal with their final…

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Zodiac (2007)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Phoenix Pictures.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Cean Chaffin, Brad Fischer, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Casey Storm.  Film Editing by Angus Wall.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  New…

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Ghosts Of Mars (2001)

JOHN CARPENTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2001.  Screen Gems, Storm King Productions, Animationwerks.  Screenplay by John Carpenter, Larry Sulkis.  Cinematography by Gary B. Kibbe.  Produced by Sandy King.  Music by Anthrax, John Carpenter.  Production Design by William A. Elliott.  Costume Design by Robin Michel Bush.  Film Editing by Paul C. Warschilka.  Fans of pulp-science-fiction will find much to enjoy in this relentlessly…

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