The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Story by James Vanderbilt, Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Avi Arad, Matthew Tolmach, Laura Ziskin.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design…

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Wide Awake (1998)

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Miramax, Woods Entertainment.  Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan.  Cinematography by Adam Holender.  Produced by Cathy Konrad, Cary Woods.  Music by Edmund Choi, Shok.  Production Design by P. Michael Johnston. Costume Design by Bridget Kelly.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   M. Night Shyamalan preceded his mega-successful thriller The Sixth Sense with this tender little tale…

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Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

CARLOS SALDANHA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2006.  Twentieth Century Fox Animation, Blue Sky Studios.  Story by Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow, Screenplay by Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow, Jim Hecht.  Cinematography by Craig Anthony Grasso.  Produced by Lori Forte.  Music by Will Edwards, John Powell.  Production Design by Thomas Cardone.  Film Editing by Harry Hitner.   Your favourite prehistoric pals Manny, Sid and…

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Ice Age (2002)

CARLOS SALDANHA, CHRIS WEDGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Twentieth Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Story by Michael J. Wilson, additional story by James Bresnathan, Doug Compton, Mike Thurmeier, Jeff Siergey, Galen T. Chu, Xeth Feinberg, Screenplay by Michael Berg, Michael J. Wilson, Peter Ackerman.  Produced by Lori Forte.  Music by David Newman.  Production…

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The Secret Lives Of Dentists (2002)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Holedigger Films, Ready Made Film.  Screenplay by Craig Lucas, based on the novel The Age Of Grief by Jane Smiley.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Campbell Scott, George VanBuskirk.  Music by Gary DeMichele.  Production Design by Ted Glass.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film Editing by Andy Keir.   Campbell Scott and Hope Davis are great…

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The Matchmaker (1997)

MARK JOFFE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 1997.  Good Film Company, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Karen Janszen, Louis Nowra, Graham Linehan, based on a screenplay by Greg Dinner.  Cinematography by Ellery Ryan.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Luc Roeg.  Music by John Altman.  Production Design by Mark Geraghty.  Costume Design by Howard Burden.  Film Editing by…

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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

JOHN McTIERNAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1999.  United Artists, Irish DreamTime, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Alan Trustman, Screenplay by Leslie Dixon, Kurt Wimmer.  Cinematography by Tom Priestley Jr..  Produced by Pierce Brosnan, Beau St. Clair.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Kate Harrington, Mark Zunino.  Film Editing by John Wright.   Superior remake of Norman Jewison’s…

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The Real Blonde (1997)

TOM DiCILLO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Lakeshore Entertainment.  Screenplay by Tom DiCillo.  Cinematography by Frank Prinzi.  Produced by Tom Rosenberg, Marcus Viscidi.  Music by Jim Farmer.  Production Design by Christopher Nowak.  Costume Design by Jennifer von Mayrhauser.  Film Editing by Keiko Deguchi, Camilla Toniolo.   Adults sabotaging perfectly good relationships with stubborn hangups is the focus of Tom DiCillo’s heartfelt romantic…

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Blow (2001)

TED DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Apostle, Avery Pix, New Line Cinema, Spanky Pictures.  Screenplay by David McKenna, Nick Cassavetes, based on the book by Bruce Porter.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Ted Demme, Tomas Krejci, Denis Leary, Joel Stillerman.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Michael Z. Hanan.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by…

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The Ref (1994)

TED DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Touchstone Pictures, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Story by Marie Weiss, Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, Marie Weiss.  Cinematography by Adam Kimmel.  Produced by Ronald M. Bozman, Richard LaGravenese, Jeffrey Weiss.  Music by David A. Stewart.  Production Design by Dan Davis.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Wolf.   Hysterical comedy that features excellent…

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True Crime (1999)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Warner Bros., The Zanuck Company, Malpaso Productions.  Screenplay by Larry Gross, Paul Brickman, Stephen Schiff, based on the novel by Andrew Klavan.  Cinematography by Jack N. Green.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Lini Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Lennie Niehaus.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing…

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The Neon Bible (1995)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom, 1995.  Academy, Channel Four Films, Iberoamerica Films, Mayfair Films, Scala Productions, Screen Partners Ltd., Three Rivers Production.  Screenplay by Terence Davies, based on the novel by John Kennedy Toole.  Cinematography by Michael Coulter.  Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Olivia Stewart.  Music by Robert Lockhart.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film…

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