Hitch (2005)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2005.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Overbrook Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kevin Bisch.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by James Lassiter, Will Smith, Teddy Zee.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Troy Takaki, Tracey Wadmore-Smith.   Will Smith plays a velvety-smooth romance consultant who helps less confident males date the women…

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Last Night (2010)

MASSY TADJEDIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/France, 2010.  Gaumont, Nick Wechsler Productions, Star Entertainment, Westbourne Films.  Screenplay by Massy Tadjedin.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Sidonie Dumas, Massy Tadjedin, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Tim Grimes.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Toronto International Film Festival 2010.   Well, who wouldn’t want to sit through the…

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2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

JOHN SINGLETON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Germany, 2003.  Universal Pictures, Original Film, Mikona Productions GmbH & Co. KG, Ardustry Entertainment.  Story by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Gary Scott Thompson, Screenplay by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by Neal H. Moritz.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Keith…

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Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Columbia Pictures, Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios.  Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez.  Cinematography by Robert Rodriguez.  Produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Carlos Gallardo, Robert Rodriguez.  Music by Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by Robert Rodriguez.  Costume Design by Graciela Mazon.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   The events of Desperado have now been followed up by a grandly filmed…

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The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call – New Orleans (2009)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2009.  Millennium Films, Edward R. Pressman Film, Saturn Films, Polsky Films, Osiris Productions, Lieutenant Productions.  Screenplay by William M. Finkelstein, based on the film Bad Lieutenant by Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Abel Ferrara, Zoë Lund.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Stephen Belafonte, Randall Emmett, Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky, Edward R. Pressman, John…

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Training Day (2001)

ANTOINE FUQUA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA/Australia, 2001.   Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Outlaw Productions, WV Films II.   Screenplay by David Ayer.   Cinematography by Mauro Fiore.   Produced by Jeffrey Silver.   Music by Mark Mancina.   Production Design by Naomi Shohan.   Costume Design by Michele Michel.   Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV.   Academy…

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Trust The Man (2005)

BART FREUNDLICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2005.  Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Major Studio Partners, Process Media, Trust the Man LLC.  Screenplay by Bart Freundlich. Cinematography by Tim Orr.  Produced by Bart Freundlich, Sidney Kimmel, Tim Perell.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by John Gilroy.  Toronto International Film Festival 2005. The…

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Out Of Time

CARL FRANKLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Original Film, Monarch Pictures.  Screenplay by David Collard.  Cinematography by Theo van de Sande.  Produced by Neal H. Moritz, Jesse Beaton.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Paul Peters.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Carole Kravetz Aykanian. Toronto International Film Festival 2003.   Denzel Washington is excellent as…

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Stuck On You (2003)

BOBBY FARRELLY, PETER FARRELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Twentieth Century Fox, Conundrum Entertainment.  Story by Charles B. Wessler, Bennett Yellin, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Screenplay by Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly.  Cinematography by Daniel Mindel.  Produced by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Bradley Thomas, Charles B. Wessler.  Music by Charlie Gartner.  Production Design by Sydney J. Bartholomew Jr..  Costume Design…

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The Women (2008)

DIANE ENGLISH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Years in development, this Meg Ryan vehicle is a remake of George Cukor’s perennial classic of the same title, based on the play by Clare Booth Luce. In both versions not a single male appears from beginning to end, even among extras in the crowd scenes (okay, in this…

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Holy Motors (2012)

LEOS CARAX Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  France/Germany, 2012.   Pierre Grise Productions, Theo Films, Pandora Filmproduktion, Arte France Cinema, WDR / Arte, Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Region Ile-de-France, Procirep, Angoa-Agicoa, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Soficinéma 8, Wild Bunch.   Screenplay by Leos Carax.   Cinematography by Yves Cape, Caroline Champetier.   Produced…

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All About The Benjamins

BB.5 (out of 5) Benjamins, in this case, referring to American one hundred-dollar bills. Ice Cube plays a bail bounty hunter who is sick and tired of being screwed over by his boss. His latest assignment (Mike Epps) is a small-time robber who plays the lottery with his girlfriend (Eva Mendes) and has his number come…

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