Mank (2020)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Jack Fincher. Cinematography by Erik Messerschmidt. Produced by Cean Chaffin, Eric Roth, Douglas Urbanski. Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross. Production Design by Donald Graham Burt. Costume Design by Trish Summerville. Film Editing by Kirk Baxter. Boston Film Critics 2020. National Society…

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Outlaw King (2018)

DAVID MACKENZIE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2018.    Sigma Films, Anonymous Content, Clockwork Sessions.  Screenplay by Bathsheba Doran, David Mackenzie, James MacInnes, additional writing by David Harrower, Mark Bomback.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Gillian Berrie.  Music by Barry Burns, Tony Doogan, Greg Lawson, Raymond MacDonald, David Mackenzie, Lucie Treacher.  Production Design by Donald Graham…

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Gone Girl (2014)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Gillian Flynn, based on her novel.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.  Produced by Cean Chaffin, Joshua Donen, Arnon Milchan, Reese Witherspoon.  Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Trish Summerville.  Film Editing by Kirk Baxter.  Academy Awards 2014.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Joy Luck Club (1993)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Hollywood Pictures.  Screenplay by Amy Tan, Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Amy Tan.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Ronald Bass, Patrick Markey, Amy Tan, Wayne Wang.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Lydia Tanji.  Film Editing by Maysie Hoy.  National Board of Review Awards 1993.   Amy Tan’s…

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Anywhere But Here (1999)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the book by Mona Simpson.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   The presence…

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Dangerous Minds (1995)

JOHN N. SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1995.  Hollywood Pictures, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Via Rosa Productions.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the book My Posse Don’t Do Homework by LouAnne Johnson.  Cinematography by Pierre Letarte.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson.  Music by Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Bobbie…

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White Oleander

BBB (out of 5) Janet Fitch’s best-selling novel reaches the big screen with unexceptional results, making for the second time that Michelle Pfeiffer has adapted an Oprah book selection for the big screen (the first time was The Deep End of the Ocean).  Pfeiffer plays a headstrong, charismatic visual artist whose cutthroat moralizing gets her…

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Donnie Brasco (1997)

MIKE NEWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1997.   Mandalay Entertainment, Baltimore Pictures, Mark Johnson Productions.   Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, based on the book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life In The Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone, Richard Woodley.   Cinematography by Peter Sova.   Produced by Louis DiGiaimo, Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson, Gail Mutrux.   Music by Patrick…

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Zodiac (2007)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Phoenix Pictures.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Cean Chaffin, Brad Fischer, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Casey Storm.  Film Editing by Angus Wall.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  New…

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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2008.  Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company.  Story by Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, Screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Claudio Miranda.  Produced by Cean Chaffin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by…

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Sweden/United Kingdom/Germany, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Scott Rudin Productions, Yellow Bird, Film Rites, Ground Control.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel Man som Hatar Kvinnor by Stieg Larsson.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.  Produced by Cean Chaffin, Scott Rudin, Soren Staermose, Ole Sondberg.  Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume…

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The Social Network (2010)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2010.  Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street Productions.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book The Accidental Millionaire by Ben Mezrich.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Cean Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin.  Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.  Production Design by…

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