Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    Alternate title:  Bound By Honor USA, 1993.  Hollywood Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1, Vato De Atole Productions.  Story by Ross Thomas, Screenplay by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeremy Iacone, Floyd Mutrux.  Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain.  Produced by Jerry Gershwin, Taylor Hackford.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Bruno…

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Dora And The Lost City of Gold (2019)

JAMES BOBIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Australia/USA, 2019.  Paramount Players, Walden Media, Screen Queensland, Burr! Productions, Media Rights Capital, Nickelodeon Movies.  Story by Tom Wheeler, Screenplay by Matthew Robinson, Nicholas Stoller, based on the series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, Eric Weiner.  Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe.  Produced by Kristin Burr.  Music by…

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Desert Heat (Inferno) (1999)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/France, 1999.  Long Road Productions, KPI Productions, Lomax Productions, PM Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by Tom O’Rourke.  Cinematography by Ross A. Maehl.  Produced by Evzen Kolar, Lawrence Levy, Jean-Claude Van Damme.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Michael Novotny.  Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo.  Film Editing by J. Douglas Seelig.   Jean-Claude Van Damme stops…

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The Book Of Life (2014)

JORGE R. GUTIERREZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2014.  Reel FX Creative Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Chatrone, Mexopolis, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Screenplay by Jorge R. Gutierrez, co-written by Douglas Langdale.  Produced by Aaron Berger, Brad Booker, Guillermo Del Toro, Carina Schulze.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by Paul Sullivan, Simon Valdimir Varela.  Film Editing by Ahren Shaw.  Golden Globe…

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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

JAMES BOBIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Walt Disney Pictures, Mandeville Films, Babieka, Cinema Vehicle Services, The Muppets Studio.  Screenplay by James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller, based on characters created by Jim Henson.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Rahel Afiley.  Film Editing by James Thomas. …

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Con Air (1997)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1997.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Kouf/Bigelow Productions, Runway Pictures, Hiett Designs of Las Vegas.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Mark Mancina, Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Chas. Butcher, Edward T. McAvoy, Seven L. Nielsen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Steve Mirkovich, Glen…

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Planet Terror (2007)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios, Rodriguez International Pictures, The Weinstein Company.  Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez.  Cinematography by Robert Rodriguez.  Produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino.  Music by Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by Steve Joyner.  Costume Design by Nina Procter.  Film Editing by Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez.   The other half of the original Grindhouse…

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Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Columbia Pictures, Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios.  Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez.  Cinematography by Robert Rodriguez.  Produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Carlos Gallardo, Robert Rodriguez.  Music by Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by Robert Rodriguez.  Costume Design by Graciela Mazon.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   The events of Desperado have now been followed up by a grandly filmed…

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Spy Kids 2: Island Of Lost Dreams (2002)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2002.  Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios.  Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez.  Cinematography by Robert Rodriguez. Produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez.  Music by John Debney, Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by Robert Rodriguez.  Costume Design by Graciela Mazon.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   In this delightful sequel to the equally fun original, little spies Carmen and Juni…

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Spy Kids (2001)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios. Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez.  Music by John Debney, Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Los Lobos, Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Deborah Everton.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2001.   Parents will undoubtedly…

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Desperado (1995)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1995.  Columbia Pictures, Los Hooligans Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Bill Borden, Robert Rodriguez.  Music by Los Lobos.  Production Design by Cecilia Montiel.  Costume Design by Graciela Mazon.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   Director Robert Rodriguez virtually remade his debut independent film El Mariachi when its success allowed him…

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Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Caravan Pictures, Northern Lights Entertainment, Roger Birnbaum Productions, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Browning.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Wallis Nicita, Ivan Reitman.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont, Sheldon Kahn.   Harrison Ford is once again the reluctant…

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