The Spitfire Grill (1996)

LEE DAVID ZLOTOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Gregory Productions, The Mendocino Corporation.  Screenplay by Lee David Zlotoff.  Cinematography by Robert Draper.  Produced by Forrest Murray.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Louise Mingenbach.  Film Editing by Margaret Goodspeed.   Sappy small town drama about an ex-convict (Alison Elliott) with a heart of gold who…

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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.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.   Geena Davis and Michael Keaton play speechwriters who work for two opposing politicians during a senate race…

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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot! (1992)

ROGER SPOTTISWOODE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1992.  Northern Lights Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Blake Snyder, William Davies, William Osborne. Cinematography by Frank Tidy.  Produced by Michael C. Gross, Joe Medjuck, Ivan Reitman.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by Marie France.  Film Editing by Mark Conte, Lois Freeman-Fox. Sylvester Stallone badly wants to break into a comedy…

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The Moderns (1988)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.  USA, 1988.  Nelson Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph, John Bradshaw.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by David Blocker, Carolyn Pfeiffer.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Steven Legler.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Scott Brock, Debra T. Smith.  Independent Spirit Awards 1988.   This meandering drama features characters who constantly threaten to be memorable but…

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Made In Heaven (1987)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    B.5.  USA, 1987.  Lorimar Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon.  Cinematography by Jan Kiesser.  Produced by David Blocker, Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Paul Peters.  Costume Design by April Ferry.  Film Editing by Tom Walls.   Annoyingly sappy schlock from director Alan Rudolph, whose films can usually be…

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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

STEVE RASH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1978.  Innovisions, ECA.  Story by Alan Swyer, Screenplay by Robert Gittler, based on Buddy Holly His Life And Music by John Goldrosen. Cinematography by Stevan Larner.  Produced by Fred Bauer.  Music by Joe Renzetti.  Production Design by Joel Schiller.  Costume Design by Michael Butler, Thalia Phillips.  Film Editing by David E. Blewitt.  Academy Awards 1978.  Golden Globe…

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All Of Me (1984)

CARL REINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1984.  Kings Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Phil Alden Robinson, adaptation by Henry Olek, based on the novel Me Two by Edwin Davis.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Stephen J. Friedman.  Music by Patrick Williams.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno.  Costume Design by Ray Summers.  Film Editing by Bud Molin.  Golden Globe…

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The Real McCoy

RUSSELL MULCAHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1993.  Bregman/Baer Productions, Capella International, Connexion Film Productions.  Screenplay by William Davies, William Osborne, based on elements of the novel Bellman and True by Desmond Lowden.  Cinematography by Denis Crossan.  Produced by Martin Bregman, Michael Bregman, Willi Bar.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Kim Colefax.  Costume Design by Donna O’Neal.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.  …

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The Hollywood Knights (1980)

FLOYD MUTRUX Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1980.  Casablanca Filmworks, Polygram Filmed Entertainment.  Story by Floyd Mutrux, Richard Lederer, William Tennant, Screenplay by Floyd Mutrux.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Richard Lederer.  Production Design by Lee Fischer.  Costume Design by Darryl Levine.  Film Editing by Stanford C. Allen, Scott Conrad.   Something of a shallow version of American Graffiti, this…

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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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Mississippi Burning (1988)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1988.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Chris Gerolmo.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Robert F. Colesberry, Frederick Zollo.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Philip Harrison, Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.  Academy Awards 1988.  Golden Globe Awards 1988.  National Board of Review Awards 1988.  New York Film Critics…

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The Replacements (2000)

HOWARD DEUTCH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2000.  Bel Air Entertainment, Dylan Sellers Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Vince McKewin.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto. Produced by Dylan Sellers.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Costume Design by Jill M. Ohanneson.  Film Editing by Seth Flaum, Bud S. Smith.   Fairly funny film that clunks along from scene to scene,…

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