The Rental (2020)

DAVE FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 2020. Black Bear Pictures. Story by Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg, Mike Demski, Screenplay by Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg. Cinematography by Christian Sprenger. Produced by Dave Franco, Elizabeth Haggard, Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman, Christopher Storer, Joe Swanberg. Music by Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans. Production Design by Meredith…

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

NICHOLAS STOLLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA/China, 2016.  Universal Pictures, Perfect World Pictures, Point Grey Pictures, Good Universe.  Screenplay by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, based on characters created by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design…

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

BARRY JENKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin.  Cinematography by James Laxton.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski. Music by Nicholas Britell.   Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Caroline Eselin.  Film Editing by…

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The Little Hours (2017)

JEFF BAENA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   Canada/USA, 2017.  Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Concourse Media, Destro Films, Dublab Media, Exhibit, Foton Pictures, Productivity Media, StarStream Media.  Screenplay by Jeff Baena.  Cinematography by Quyen Tran.  Produced by Liz Destro, Aubrey Plaza.  Music by Dan Romer.  Production Design by Susie Mancini.  Costume Design by Natalie O’Brien.  Film Editing by Ryan Brown. A 14th century convent…

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

JAMES FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2017.  Good Universe, New Line Cinema, Point Grey Pictures, RabbitBandini Productions, Ramona Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment. Screenplay by Scott Neudstadter, Michael H. Weber, based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced…

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Neighbors (2014)

NICHOLAS STOLLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Alternate title:  Bad Neighbours USA, 2014.  Good Universe, Point Grey Pictures.  Screenplay by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Julie Berghoff.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by Zene Baker.   Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne have a new baby, a…

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The Lego Movie (2014)

PHIL LORD, CHRISTOPHER MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia/USA/Denmark, 2014.  Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Relativity Media, Original Film, Stephen J. Cannell Productions.  Story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson, Pablo Plaisted.  Produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Grant Freckelton.  Film Editing by David Burrows,…

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Superbad

GREG MOTTOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2007.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Apatow Productions.  Screenplay by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg.  Cinematography by Russ T. Alsobrook.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson.  Music by Lyle Workman. Production Design by Chris L. Spellman.  Costume Design by Debra McGuire.  Film Editing by William Kerr.   The next entry in the American Pie series of kids doing…

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21 Jump Street (2012)

PHIL LORD, CHRISTOPHER MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Relativity Media, Original Film, Stephen J. Cannell Productions.  Story by Michael Bacall, Jonah Hill, Screenplay by Michael Bacall, based on the television series created by Patrick Hasburgh, Stephen J. Cannell.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Stephen J. Cannell, Neal H. Moritz.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh….

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Fright Night (2011)

CRAIG GILLESPIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Michael De Luca Productions, Gaeta / Rosenzweig Films.  Story by Tom Holland, Screenplay by Marti Noxon, based on the film by Tom Holland.  Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe.  Produced by Michael De Luca, Alison R. Rosenzweig.  Music by Ramin Djawadi.  Production Design by Richard Bridgland.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing…

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The Broken Tower

B (out of 5) James Franco made this super low-budget tribute to poet Hart Crane as part of or inspired by his studies in English literature. He depicts key moments in the life of the modernist wordsmith: Crane had an erratic temperament and unabashedly loved the men in his life, making no apologies for his original…

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Milk (2008)

GUS VAN SANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2008.  Focus Features, Axon Films, Groundswell Productions, Jinks/Cohen Company, Cinema Vehicle Services.  Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Elliot Graham.  Academy Awards 2008.  American Film Institute 2008.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2008. …

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