Inside Moves (1980)

RICHARD DONNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1980.  Goodmark Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson, based on the novel by Todd Walton.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by R.W. Goodwin, Mark M. Tanz.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by Ron Talsky.  Film Editing by Frank Morriss.   John Savage attempts suicide by throwing himself off a…

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Drive Angry (2011)

PATRICK LUSSIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2011.  Summit Entertainment, Millennium Films, Michael De Luca Productions, Saturn Films.  Screenplay by Todd Farmer, Patrick Lussier.  Cinematography by Brian Pearson. Produced by Rene Besson, Michael De Luca, Adam Fields.  Music by Michael Wandmacher.  Production Design by Nathan Amondson.  Costume Design by Mary E. McLeod.  Film Editing by Devin C. Lussier, Patrick Lussier. There’s just the…

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Dancer In The Dark (2000)

LARS VON TRIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Denmark/Germany/The Netherlands/Italy/USA/United Kingdom/France/Sweden/Finland/Iceland/Norway, 2000.  Zentropa Entertainments, Trust Film Svenska, Film i Vast, Liberator Productions, Pain Unlimited GmbH Filmproduktion, Cinematograph A/S, What Else? B.V., Icelandic Film, Blind Spot Pictures Oy, France 3 Cinema,  Danmarks Radio, Arte France Cinema, SVT Drama, ARTE, Angel Films, Canal+, FilmFour, Fine Line…

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The Good Son (1993)

JOSEPH RUBEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1993.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Ian McEwan.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Mary Ann Page, Joseph Ruben.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by George Bowers. Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood play cousins who spend a summer together, with Wood the guest…

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The Crossing Guard (1995)

SEAN PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1995.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Sean Penn. Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by David Hamburger, Sean Penn.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Michael D. Haller.  Costume Design by Jill M. Ohanneson.  Film Editing by Jay Cassidy.   Powerful drama from director Sean Penn about a grieving father (Jack Nicholson) who is caught in a moral…

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Mother And Child (2009)

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Spain, 2009.  Everest Entertainment, Cha Cha Chá Films, Mockingbird Pictures.  Screenplay by Rodrigo Garcia.  Cinematography by Xavier Perez Grobet.  Produced by Lisa Maria Falcone, Julie Lynn.  Music by Ed Shearmur. Production Design by Christopher Tandon.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   The multi-strand narrative begins with a teenager giving birth after getting…

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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

RENNY HARLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Forge, New Line Cinema, The Steve Tisch Company.  Screenplay by Shane Black.Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Stephanie Austin, Shane Black, Renny Harlin.   Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg.   One would have hoped that this excellent performance by Geena…

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Hearts In Atlantis (2001)

SCOTT HICKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/Australia, 2001.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King.  Cinematography by Piotr Sobocinski.  Produced by Kerry Heysen.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Pip Karmel.   Pointless adaptation of Stephen King’s novel has…

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Proof Of Life (2000)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Bel Air Entertainment, Anvil Films.  Screenplay by Tony Gilroy, inspired by the article Adventures in the Ransom Trade by William Prochnau and the book The Long March To Freedom by Thomas Hargrove.  Cinematography by Slawomir Idziak.  Produced by Taylor Hackford, Charles Mulvehill.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by…

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The Negotiator (1998)

F. GARY GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Germany/USA, 1998.  Regency Enterprises, Mandeville Films, New Regency Pictures, Monarchy Enterprises B.V.,Taurus Film.  Screenplay by James DeMonaco, Kevin Fox.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by David Hoberman, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Holger Gross.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by Christian Wagner.  Tense as anything can be, this slick…

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Twelve Monkeys (1995)

TERRY GILLIAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, Atlas Entertainment, Classico.  Screenplay by David Webb Peoples, Janet Peoples, based on the film La Jetee by Chris Marker.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Charles Roven.  Music by Paul Buckmaster.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.   Based on Chris Marker’s terrifying experimental…

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Contact (1997)

ROBERT ZEMECKIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Warner Bros., South Side Amusement Company.  Story by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, Screenplay by James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg, based on the novel by Carl Sagan.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Ed Verreaux.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt.  …

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