About Last Night (1986)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1986.  TriStar Pictures, Delphi V Productions.  Screenplay by Tim Kazurinsky, Denise DeClue, based on the play Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet.   Cinematography by Andrew Dintenfass.   Produced by Jason Brett, Stuart Oken.   Music by Miles Goodman.   Production Design by Ida Random.   Costume Design by Deborah…

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28 Days (2000)

BETTY THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2000.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Tall Trees Productions.  Screenplay by Susannah Grant.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Jenno Topping.  Music by Richard Gibbs.  Production Design by Marcia Hinds.  Costume Design by Ellen Lutter.  Film Editing by Peter Teschner.   Sandra Bullock is great in this enjoyable but odd comedy about a young woman who is sentenced to twenty-eight…

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Big (1988)

PENNY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1988.  American Entertainment Partners II L.P., Gracie Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg.  Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld.  Produced by James L. Brooks, Robert Greenhut.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky. Film Editing by Barry Malkin.   A thirteen year-old kid is tired of…

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Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

LES MAYFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Twentieth Century Fox, Hughes Entertainment.  Screenplay by George Seaton, John Hughes, based on the 1947 screenplay by George Seaton, from a story by Valentine Davies.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by John Hughes.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Doug Kraner.  Costume Design by Kathy O’Rear.  Film Editing by Raja Gosnell.   Marvelous update…

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The Flintstones (1994)

BRIAN LEVANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Hanna-Barbera Productions.  Screenplay by Tom S. Parker, Jim Jennewein, Steven E. de Souza.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Bruce Cohen.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Eloy Lobato, William Sandell.  Costume Design by Rosanna Norton.  Film Editing by Kent Beyda. Brian Levant does absolutely nothing interesting with…

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He Said, She Said (1991)

KEN KWAPIS, MARISA SILVER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Brian Hohlfeld.  Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.  Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr..  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Deena Appel.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.   What’s the difference between how men and women view relationships? The answer is purported to be here in this…

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Cats And Dogs

B (out of 5) Bad special effects and poor editing mar what could have been a charming family for all ages in this insipid comedy. It’s the old cat vs. dog war gone high-tech when a Beagle puppy (voiced by Tobey Maguire) accidentally takes a Doberman Pinscher spy’s job as a pet for a doctor…

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Avalon (1990)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1990.  TriStar Pictures, Baltimore Pictures.  Screenplay by Barry Levinson.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Norman Reynolds.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.   Barry Levinson made his most touching, personal film with this semi-autobiographical drama. Elijah Wood plays a…

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Finding Nemo (2003)

ANDREW STANTON, LEE UNKRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Australia/USA, 2003.  Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Andrew Stanton, Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds.  Cinematography by Sharon Calahan, Jeremy Lasky.  Produced by Graham Walters.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Ralph Eggleston.  Film Editing by David Ian Salter.  Academy Awards 2003.  European Film Awards 2003.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Crazy In Alabama

ANTONIO BANDERAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   Melanie Griffith is absolutely wonderful in this offbeat comedy directed by first-timer Antonio Banderas. She plays a free-spirited woman who rids herself from her abusive husband by chopping off his head and putting it in a hatbox which she carries with her all the way to Hollywood, where…

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Moonlight And Valentino (1995)

DAVID ANSPAUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1995.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Ellen Simon, based on her play.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Alison Owen.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Robb Wilson King.  Costume Design by Denise Cronenberg.  Film Editing by David Rosenbloom. Elizabeth Perkins loses her husband in a car…

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