Thomasine and Bushrod (1974)

GORDON PARKS JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1974. Columbia Pictures, Eaves Movie Ranch. Screenplay by Max Julien. Cinematography by Lucien Ballard. Produced by Harvey Bernhard, Max Julien. Music by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Production Design by Bert Allen. Costume Design by Andrea Lilly. Film Editing by Frank C. Decot. Gordon Parks, Jr., son of…

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Earthquake (1974)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1974.  Universal Pictures, The Filmakers Group.  Screenplay by George Fox, Mario Puzo.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Mark Robson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer. Released at the height of the…

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

WILLIAM SHATNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1989.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by William Shatner, Harve Bennett, David Loughery, Screenplay by David Loughery, based on characters created by Gene Roddenberry.  Cinematography by Andrew Laszlo.  Produced by Harve Bennett.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Herman F. Zimmerman.  Costume Design by Nilo Rodis-Jamero.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger.   The first Star…

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Final Analysis (1992)

PHIL JOANOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1992.  Warner Bros., Witt/Thomas Productions, Roven-Cavallo Entertainment.  Story by Robert Berger, Wesley Strick, Screenplay by Wesley Strick.  Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Paul Junger Witt, Charles Roven, Tony Thomas.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard.  Film Editing by Thom Noble.   Tepid thriller that goes far…

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Shoot The Moon (1982)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1982.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, SLM Production Group.  Screenplay by Bo Goldman.  Cinematography by Michael Seresin.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Kristi Zea.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.  Cannes Film Festival 1982.  Golden Globe Awards 1982.  New York Film Critics Awards 1982.   Family troubles are at the centre of this…

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The American President

ROB REINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.   Rob Reiner scores high points with this delightful romantic comedy fuelled by a brilliant script by Aaron Sorkin (later the writer and creator of television’s The West Wing). President Michael Douglas has to juggle a career and a personal life when he finds himself smitten with the lobbyist (Annette Bening)…

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Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)

JOE DANTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Germany/USA, 2003.  Warner Bros. Animation, Baltimore Spring Creek Productions, Goldmann Pictures, Lonely Film Productions GmbH & Co. KG., Warner Bros. Feature Animation.  Screenplay by Larry Doyle.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Bernie Goldmann, Joel Simon, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Bill Brzeski.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film…

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Phoenix (1998)

DANNY CANNON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Thoroughly satisfying entry in the film noir genre stars Ray Liotta as a crooked cop with a gambling problem who teams up with three dubiously moral members of the force to pull of a big heist in the hopes of paying off his debts. The set-up is simple:…

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The X-Files (1998)

ROB BOWMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox, Ten Thirteen Productions.  Story by Chris Carter, Frank Spotniz, Screenplay by Chris Carter.  Cinematography by Ward Russell.  Produced by Chris Carter, Daniel Sackheim.  Music by Mark Snow.  Production Design by Christopher Nowak.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Stephen Mark.   Big-screen adaptation of the popular television show has…

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