The Judge (2014)

DAVID DOBKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2014.  Warner Bros., Big Kid Pictures, Team Downey, Village Roadshow Pictures.  Story by David Dobkin, Nick Schenk, Screenplay by Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by David Dobkin, Susan Downey, David Gambino.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Mark…

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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 Associate (1996)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Frederic Golchan Productions.  Screenplay by Nick Thiel, based on the screenplay L’Associe by Jean-Claude Carriere, Rene Gainville, from the novel El Socio by Jenaro Prieto.  Cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy.  Produced by Frederic Golchan, Adam Leipzig, Patrick Markey.  Music by Christopher Tyng.  Production Design by Andrew…

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Splash (1984)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1984.  Touchstone Pictures.  Story by Brian Grazer, Screen story by Bruce Jay Friedman, Screenplay by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Bruce Jay Friedman.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by Lee Holdridge.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by May Routh.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe…

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Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)

JOHN McTIERNAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1995.  Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, based on characters created by Roderick Thorp.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by John McTiernan, Michael Tadross.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Jackson De Govia.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by John Wright.   Probably the least entertaining…

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Rent (2005)

CHRIS COLUMBUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.   Rent Productions LLC, 1492 Pictures, Revolution Studios, Tribeca Productions.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, based on the book of the musical play by Jonathan Larson. Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Robert De Niro, Mark Radcliffe, Jane Rosenthal.  Music by Jonathan Larson, Rob Cavallo, Matthew Rush Sullivan. Production Design…

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The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  A-Train Films.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Peggy Rajski, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Martin Brody, Mason Daring.  Production Design by Nora Chavooshian.  Costume Design by Karen Perry.  Film Editing by John Sayles.   This enjoyable, low-budget science-fiction film tackles racism in a clever way. After an alien (Joe…

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City Of Hope (1991)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Esperanza Films Inc., The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Sarah Green, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Bishop, Dianna Freas.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Independent Spirit Awards 1991.   John Sayles’ tale of urban drama is a multi-casted…

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Picture Perfect

GLENN GORDON CARON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Jennifer Aniston is delightful in this romantic comedy as a ladder-climbing advertising executive who gets wedding photographer Jay Mohr to pose as her fiance to impress her employers and stimulate the man of her dreams (Kevin Bacon). It’s not hard to see where this clutzy little arrangement will take…

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