Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

JASON REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Canada/USA, 2021. Columbia Pictures, Bron Studios, Ghostcorps, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Montecito Picture Company. Screenplay by Gil Kenan, Jason Reitman, based on the screenplay by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis. Cinematography by Eric Steelberg. Produced by Ivan Reitman. Music by Rob Simonsen. Production Design by Francois Audouy. Costume Design…

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The Jazz Singer (1980)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1980.  EMI Films.  Screenplay by Herbert Baker, adaptation by Stephen H. Foreman, based on the play by Samson Raphaelson.  Cinematography by Isidore Mankofsky.  Produced by Jerry Leider.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Maury Winetrobe.   Neil Diamond makes an ill-advised acting debut in…

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Ghostbusters (2016)

PAUL FEIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2016.  Columbia Pictures, LStar Capital, Village Roadshow Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Feigco Entertainment, Ghostcorps, The Montecito Picture Company.  Screenplay by Katie Dippold, Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film directed by Ivan Reitman, written by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Amy Pascal, Ivan Reitman.  Music by…

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Speechless (1994)

RON UNDERWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  Forge, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Robert King.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Geena Davis, Renny Harlin.  Music by Marc Shaiman. Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Jane Robinson.  Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce.   Geena Davis and Michael Keaton play speechwriters who work for two opposing politicians during a senate race in New Mexico….

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Ghostbusters (1984)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Ghost Busters USA, 1984.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Producers Sales Organization, Delphi Films, Black Rhino Productions.  Screenplay by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Ivan Reitman.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by David E. Blewitt, Sheldon Kahn.   After three scientists…

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Ghostbusters II (1989)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1989.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, based on characters created by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Ivan Reitman.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Donn Cambern, Sheldon Kahn.   Tepid sequel finds the gang of Ghostbusters…

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The Crow (1994)

ALEX PROYAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1994.  Crowvision Inc., Edward R. Pressman Film, Entertainment Media Investment Corporation, Jeff Most Productions, Miramax.  Screenplay by David J. Schow, John Shirley, based on the comic book series and comic strip by James O’Barr.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Jeff Most, Edward R. Pressman.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by…

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Miss Congeniality (2000)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Australia, 2000.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Fortis Films.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Sandra Bullock.    Music by Ed Shearmur.    Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.   Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Billy Weber.   Sandra Bullock makes a decent…

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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005)

JOHN PASQUIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Australia, 2005.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Fortis Films.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence, based on characters created by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Sandra Bullock, Marc Lawrence.  Music by John Van Tongeren. Production Design by Maher Ahmad.  Costume Design by Deena Appel.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Three…

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Congo (1995)

FRANK MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1995.  Paramount Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company.   Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Sam Mercer.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Marilyn Matthews.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   Michael Crichton’s…

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Airheads (1994)

MICHAEL LEHMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B USA, 1994.  Twentieth Century Fox, Island World, Robert Simonds Productions.  Screenplay by Rich Wilkes.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.Produced by Mark Burg, Robert Simonds.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by David Nichols.  Costume Design by Bridget Kelly.  Film Editing by Stephen Semel.   Lame farce is poorly acted, badly written, and not all that funny. Brendan Fraser and…

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The Basketball Diaries (1995)

SCOTT KALVERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1995.  New Line Cinema, Island Pictures.  Screenplay by Bryan Goluboff, based on the novel by Jim Carroll.  Cinematography by David Phillips.  Produced by Liz Heller, John Bard Manulis.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Christopher Nowak.  Costume Design by David C. Robinson.  Film Editing by Dana Congdon.   Jim Carroll’s autobiographical account of his…

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