Maleficent (2014)

ROBERT STROMBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Roth Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Linda Woolverton, based on the motion picture Sleeping Beauty, Story by Erdman Penner, Screenplay by Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta, based on the story Little Briar Rose by Jacob Grimm, and Wilhelm Grimm, and the…

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Parental Guidance (2012)

ANDY FICKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2012.  Twentieth Century Fox, Walden Media, Chernin Entertainment, Face Productions, Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Billy Crystal.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by David J. Bomba.  Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell.  Film Editing by Kent Beyda.   Bette Midler and Billy Crystal play a middle-aged couple,…

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We Were Soldiers (2002)

RANDALL WALLACE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Icon Entertainment International, Motion Picture Production GmbH & Co. Erste KG, Wheelhouse Entertainment.  Screenplay by Randall Wallace, based on the book We Were Soldiers Once…And Young by Harold G. Moore, Joseph L. Galloway.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety, Randall Wallace.  Music by Nick Glennie-Smith. Production Design by Thomas…

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City Slickers (1991)

RON UNDERWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment, Face Productions.  Written by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Irby Smith.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Lawrence G. Paull.  Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown.   Three stressed out city company men and age-old friends (Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby,…

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Bruce Almighty (2003)

TOM SHADYAC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2003.  Spyglass Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Shady Acres Entertainment, Pit Bull Productions.  Story by Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe, Screenplay by Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe, Steve Oedekerk.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Michael Bostick, James D. Brubaker, Jim Carrey, Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe, Tom Shadyac.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Linda DeScenna.  Costume Design by…

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Get Smart (2008)

PETER SEGAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2008.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Mosaic Media Group, Mad Chance, Callahan Filmworks, Atlas Entertainment, WV Films IV.  Screenplay by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, based on characters created by Mel Brooks, Buck Henry.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Michael Ewing, Alex Gartner, Andrew Lazar, Charles Roven.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design…

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Grudge Match (2013)

PETER SEGAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Callahan Filmworks, Gerber Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Warner Bros..  Story by Tim Kelleher, Screenplay by Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Michael Ewing, Bill Gerber, Mark Steven Johnson, Ravi D. Mehta, Peter Segal.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by William Kerr.  …

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The Bone Collector (1999)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Jeremy Iacone, based on the book by Jeffery Deaver.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Martin Bregman, Michael Bregman, Louis A. Stroller.  Music by Craig Armstrong.  Production Design by Nigel Phelps.  Costume Design by Odette Gadoury.  Film Editing by William Hoy. Typical and predictable thriller that is worth watching…

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Dead Calm (1989)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia, 1989.  Kennedy Miller Productions, Lynx Location Services.  Screenplay by Terry Hayes, based on the novel by Charles Williams.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Terry Hayes, George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Graham ‘Grace’ Walker.  Costume Design by Norma Moriceau.  Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce. Following the tragic death of their…

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Heartbreakers (2001)

DAVID MIRKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2001.   Davis Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Robert Dunn, Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur.   Cinematography by Dean Semler.   Produced by John Davis, Irving Ong.   Music by John Debney.   Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.   Costume Design by Gary Jones.   Film Editing by William Steinkamp.    Disappointing comedy that should have been better…

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The Road Warrior (1981)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Alternate title:  Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Australia, 1981.  Kennedy Miller Productions.  Screenplay by Terry Hayes, George Miller, Brian Hannant.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Byron Kennedy.  Music by Brian May.  Production Design by Graham ‘Grace’ Walker.  Costume Design by Norma Moriceau.  Film Editing by Michael Balson, David Stiven, Tim Wellburn. The best of…

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Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

GEORGE MILLER, GEORGE OGILVIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia/USA, 1985.  Kennedy Miller Productions.  Screenplay by Terry Hayes, George Miller.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by George Miller.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Graham ‘Grace’ Walker.  Costume Design by Norma Moriceau.  Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce.   Think of this one as the Return of The Jedi of the Mad Max series:…

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