The Island (1980)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.    USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Productions.  Screenplay by Peter Benchley, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Ennio Morricone.   Production Design by Dale Hennesy.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Richard A. Harris. Being…

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany, 2016.  Marvel Studios, Vita-Ray Dutch Productions, Studio Babelsberg, Marvel Entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, and characters created by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Owen…

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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

ALEX GIBNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2010.  A&E IndieFilms, Jigsaw Productions, Wider Film Projects.  Screenplay by Alex Gibney.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Maiken Baird, Alex Gibney, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider.  Music by Peter Nashel.  Film Editing by Alison Amron, Plummy Tucker.  Dorian Awards 2010.  Toronto International Film Festival 2010.   A successful attorney from a notable, moneyed family,…

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The Drop (2014)

MICHAEL R. ROSKAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Big Screen Productions, Bob Industries, Chernin Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Ingenious Media, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Dennis Lehane, based on his short story Animal Rescue.  Cinematography by Nicolas Karakatsanis.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Mike Larocca.  Music by Marco Beltrami, Raf Keunen.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by David C….

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Along Came A Spider (2001)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany/Canada, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, David Brown Productions, Phase 1 Productions, Revelations Entertainment, Munich Film Partners & Company.  Screenplay by Marc Moss, based on the novel by James Patterson.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by David Brown, Joe Wizan.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hays.  Film Editing by Neil…

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Jaws 2 (1978)

JEANNOT SZWARC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1978.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Carl Gottlieb, Howard Sackler, based on characters created by Peter Benchley.  Cinematography by Michael C. Butler.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Joe Alves.  Costume Design by Bill Jobe.  Film Editing by Steve Potter, Arthur Schmidt, Neil Travis. Bruce is back, though we don’t know why:…

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The Producers (2005)

SUSAN STROMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Brooksfilms.  Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, based on the stage play book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and the stage play lyrics by Mel Brooks, from a 1968 screenplay by Mel Brooks.  Cinematography by John Bailey, Charles Minsky.  Produced by Mel Brooks, Jonathan Sanger.  Music by Glen…

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X-Men (2000)

BRYAN SINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Enterprises, Donners’ Company, Bad Hat Harry Productions.  Story by Tom DeSanto, Bryan Singer, Screenplay by David Hayter. Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by John Myhre.  Costume Design by Louise Mingenbach.  Film Editing by Steven Rosenblum,…

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The Saint (1997)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1997.  Paramount Pictures, Rysher Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions, Robert Evans Company.  Story by Jonathan Hensleigh, Screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, Wesley Strick, based on characters created by Leslie Charteris.  Cinematography by Phil Meheux.  Produced by David Brown, Robert Evans, William J. MacDonald, Mace Neufeld.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Joseph C. Nemec III.  Costume Design…

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Crank (2006)

MARK NEVELDINE, BRIAN TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.5.  USA, 2006.  Lakeshore Entertainment, Lions Gate Films, RadicalMedia, GreeneStreet Films.  Screenplay by Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor.  Cinematography by Adam Biddle.  Produced by Michael Davis, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Skip Williamson, Richard S. Wright.  Music by Paul Haslinger.  Production Design by Jerry Fleming.  Costume Design by Christopher Lawrence.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan.   It’s no…

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Deep Impact (1998)

MIMI LEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Zanuck/Brown Productions, Manhattan Project.  Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin, Michael Tolkin.Cinematography by Dietrich Lohmann.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Paul Cichocki, David Rosenbloom.   The insults to human intelligence that hurl themselves…

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Talk To Me (2007)

KASI LEMMONS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Mark Gordon Productions, Pelagius Films, The Mark Gordon Company.  Story by Michael Genet, Screenplay by Michael Genet, Rick Famuyiwa.  Cinematography by Stephane Fontaine.  Produced by Joe Fries, Mark Gordon, Sidney Kimmel, Josh McLaughlin.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Warren Alan Young.  Costume Design by Gersha Phillips.  Film Editing by…

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