Da 5 Bloods (2020)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2020. 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Rahway Road Productions. Screenplay by Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee. Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel. Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Beatriz Levin, Lloyd Levin. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Wynn Thomas. Costume…

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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    Alternate title:  Bound By Honor USA, 1993.  Hollywood Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1, Vato De Atole Productions.  Story by Ross Thomas, Screenplay by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeremy Iacone, Floyd Mutrux.  Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain.  Produced by Jerry Gershwin, Taylor Hackford.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Bruno…

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Crooklyn (1994)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Child Hood Productions.  Story by Joie Lee, Screenplay by Joie Lee, Spike Lee, Cinqué Lee.  Cinematography by Arthur Jafa.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.  Spike…

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The One (2001)

JAMES WONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2001.  Revolution Studios, Hard Eight Pictures.  Screenplay by Glen Morgan, James Wong.  Cinematography by Robert McLachlan.  Produced by Steven Chasman, Glen Morgan, Charles Newirth, James Wong.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by David L. Snyder.  Costume Design by Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko.  Film Editing by James Coblentz.   Lackluster science-fiction film has Jet Li battling himself in the…

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Broken Arrow (1996)

JOHN WOO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Twentieth Century Fox, Mark Gordon Productions, WCG Entertainment Productions.  Screenplay by Graham Yost.  Cinematography by Peter Levy.  Produced by Bill Badalato, Terence Chang, Mark Gordon.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Holger Gross.  Costume Design by Mary Malin.  Film Editing by Joe Hutshing,Steve Mirkovich, John Wright.   This exciting adventure stars Christian Slater and John Travolta as bomber…

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Get Shorty (1995)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1995.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by John Lurie.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Ted Woerner.   Flawless adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s…

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Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000)

DOMINIC SENA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, based on the 1974 motion picture by H.B. Halicki.  Cinematography by Paul Cameron.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Jeff Mann.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Roger Barton, Chris Lebenzon, Tom Muldoon.   Even by the standards of…

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The Last Castle (2001)

ROD LURIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2001.  DreamWorks, Robert Lawrence Productions.  Story by David Scarpa, Screenplay by David Scarpa, Graham Yost.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Robert Lawrence.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Kirk M. Petruccelli.  Costume Design by Ha Nguyen.  Film Editing by Michael Jablow, Kevin Stitt.   Robert Redford plays a top-ranking Army general who is…

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Domino (2005)

TONY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France/USA, 2005.  New Line Cinema, Scott Free Productions, Davis-Films, Metropolitan Filmexport, Domino 17521.  Story by Richard Kelly, Steve Barancik, Screenplay by Richard Kelly.  Cinematography by Daniel Mindel.  Produced by Samuel Hadida, Tony Scott.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Chris Seagers.  Costume Design by B. Akerlund.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Christian Wagner.   Keira Knightley gets…

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The Cider House Rules (1999)

LASSE HALLSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1999.  FilmColony, Miramax, Nina Saxon Film Design.  Screenplay by John Irving, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Richard N. Gladstein.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin.   Overrated but touching drama based on the best-selling novel by…

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Ransom (1996)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Touchstone Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Ransom Productions.  Story by Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum, Screenplay by Richard Price, Alexander Ignon.  Cinematography by Piotr Sobocinski.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Kip Hagopian, Scott Rudin.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.  Mel…

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Sahara (2005)

BRECK EISNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Spain/Germany/USA, 2005.  Paramount Pictures, Bristol Bay Productions, Baldwin Entertainment Group, J.K. Livin Productions, Desertlands Entertainment, Kanzaman, Babelsberg Film, Moguletta, Sahara Productions.  Screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, John C. Richards, James V. Hart, based on the novel by Clive Cussler.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Stephanie Austin, Howard Baldwin,…

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