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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A Star Is Born (2018)

BRADLEY COOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Peters Entertainment, Gerber Pictures, Joint Effort, Malpaso Productions, Thunder Road Pictures.  Screenplay by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, based on the screenplay by Moss Hart, the screenplay by John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, and the story by…

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The Concorde…Airport ’79 (1979)

DAVID LOWELL RICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1979.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Jennings Lang, Screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the novel Airport by Arthur Hailey.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Jennings Lang.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   This film was laughed off the…

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The Horse Whisperer (1998)

ROBERT REDFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by Eric Roth, Richard LaGravenese, based on the novel by Nick Evans.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Patrick Markey, Robert Redford.  Music by Thomas Newman, Gwil Owen.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin, Freeman A….

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Ali (2001)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2001.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Forward Pass, Initial Entertainment Group, Moonlighting Films, Overbrook Entertainment, Peters Entertainment, Picture Entertainment.  Story by Gregory Allen Howard, Screenplay by Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Eric Roth, Michael Mann.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Paul Ardaji, A. Kitman Ho, James Lassiter, Michael Mann, Jon Peters.  Music by…

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Munich (2005)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA/Canada/France, 2005.  DreamWorks, Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Barry Mendel Productions, Alliance Atlantis Communications, Peninsula Films.  Screenplay by Tony Kushner, Eric Roth, based on the book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel, Steven Spielberg,…

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Lucky You (2007)

CURTIS HANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Australia, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Deuce Three Productions, DiNovi Pictures, Lonely Film Productions GmbH & Co. KG.. Story by Eric Roth, Screenplay by Eric Roth, Curtis Hanson.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Denise Di Novi, Carol Fenelon, Curtis Hanson.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Clay A. Griffith.  Costume Design…

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Suspect (1987)

PETER YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 1987.  TriStar Pictures, ML Delphi Premier Productions.  Screenplay by Eric Roth.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by Daniel A. Sherkow.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Ray Lovejoy. Cher is marvelous in this taut, entertaining thriller as a lawyer who is given the impossible…

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Forrest Gump (1994)

ROBERT ZEMECKIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.   Paramount Pictures.   Screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the novel by Winston Groom.   Cinematography by Don Burgess.   Produced by Wendy Finerman, Steve Starkey, Steve Tisch.   Music by Alan Silvestri.   Production Design by Rick Carter.   Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.   Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt.   Academy Awards 1994.   Golden…

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The Good Shepherd

BB (out of 5) Talky, boring, ridiculously long political drama, director Robert De Niro’s three hour epic on the creation of the CIA labours under the monotony of quiet conversations. Matt Damon is a bland, colourless hero who, after diligently making it through Yale University as an English major and joining the secret society of Skulls…

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

B (out of 5) Extremely annoyed is how you’ll feel from the opening of this execrable movie, a false and cloying attempt at feel-good post-9/11 drama that is surprisingly made by the director of the moving Billy Elliot and intelligent The Hours. After losing his father (Tom Hanks) in the disaster of the destruction of…

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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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