The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

MICHAEL SHOWALTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Canada/USA, 2021. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Freckle Films, MWM Studios, Searchlight Pictures, Semi-Formal Productions. Screenplay by Abe Sylvia, based on the documentary by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato. Cinematography by Mike Gioulakis. Produced by Kelly Carmichael, Jessica Chastain, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane. Music by Theodore Shapiro. Production Design by…

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The Greatest Showman (2017)

MICHAEL GRACEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Screenplay by Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Laurence Mark, Jenno Topping.  Music by John Debney, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Joseph Trapanese.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Cross, Robert Duffy, Joe Hutshing, Michael…

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Con Air (1997)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1997.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Kouf/Bigelow Productions, Runway Pictures, Hiett Designs of Las Vegas.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Mark Mancina, Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Chas. Butcher, Edward T. McAvoy, Seven L. Nielsen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Steve Mirkovich, Glen…

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Men In Black (1997)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Amblin Entertainment, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation.  Story and screenplay by Ed Solomon, based on the comic by Lowell Cunningham. Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by Jim Miller.  …

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Ordinary People (1980)

ROBERT REDFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1980.  Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises. Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the novel by Judith Guest.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Ronald L. Schwary.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva, Brook Simons.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Jeff Kanew.   Casting against type is what’s best about…

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.    USA/United Kingdom, 2012.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, DC Entertainment, Syncopy, DC Comics.  Story by David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley, Kevin Kavanaugh.  Costume…

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Dream Lover (1993)

NICHOLAS KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1993.  Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films, Nicita/Lloyd Productions, Edward R. Pressman Film.  Screenplay by Nicholas Kazan.  Cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier.  Produced by Lauren Lloyd, Wallis Nicita, Sigurjon Sighvatsson.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Barbara Tfank.  Film Editing by Susan R. Crutcher, Jill Savitt.   James Spader meets Mädchen Amick, has great…

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB. USA, 2012.  Screenplay by Mark Boal.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Annapurna Pictures, First Light Production.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Jeremy Hindle.  Costume Design by George L. Little.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 2012. American Film Institute 2012.  Boston Film…

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Being There (1979)

HAL ASHBY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1979.  BSB, CIP, Lorimar Film Entertainment, NatWest Ventures, New Gold Entertainment, Northstar Media.   Screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Andrew Braunsberg.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Michael D. Haller.  Costume Design by May Routh.  Film Editing by Don Zimmerman.   Peter Sellers gave his last performance…

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