Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (2019)

ANDRE ØVREDAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Canada/USA, 2019.  1212 Entertainment, CBS Films, Double Dare You, Entertainment One, Rolin Hills Productions, Sean Daniel Company, Starlight International Media.  Story by Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton, Screenplay by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Guillermo Del Toro, based on the novels by Alvin Schwartz.  Cinematography by Roman Osin.  Produced by…

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The Calling (2014)

JASON STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2014.  Stage 6 Films, Manis Film, Breaking Ball Films.  Screenplay by Scott Abramovitch, based on the novel by Inger Ash Wolfe.  Cinematography by David Robert Jones.  Produced by Scott Abramovitch, Lonny Dubrofsky, Randy Manis, Nicholas Tabarrok.  Music by Grayson Matthews.  Production Design by Oleg M. Savytski.  Costume Design by Georgina Yarhi.  Film Editing…

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Chasing Sleep (2000)

MICHAEL WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Canada/USA/France, 2000.  Canal+, Forensic Films, Glaski Productions, TVA International.  Screenplay by Michael Walker.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Thomas Bidegain, Olivier Glaas.  Production Design by Daniel Ouellette.  Costume Design by Kathryn Nixon.  Film Editing by David Leonard.   Jeff Daniels wakes up early in the morning to discover that his wife hasn’t come home since the night…

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The Weather Man (2005)

GORE VERBINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2005.  Paramount Pictures, Escape Artists, Kumar Mobiliengesellschaft mbH & Co. Projekt Nr. 2 KG.  Screenplay by Steve Conrad.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch.  Music by James S. Levine, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Tom Duffield.  Costume Design by Penny Rose.  Film Editing by Craig Wood.   Nicolas Cage plays a…

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House At The End Of The Street (2012)

MARK TONDERAI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Canada, 2012.  Relativity Media, FilmNation Entertainment, A Bigger Boat.  Story by Jonathan Mostow, Screenplay by David Loucka.  Cinematography by Miroslaw Baszak.  Produced by Peter Block, Hal Lieberman, Aaron Ryder.  Music by Theo Green.  Production Design by Lisa Soper.  Costume Design by Jennifer Stroud.  Film Editing by Steve Mirkovich, Karen Porter.   The formula is played to passable…

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Dinner At Fred’s (1999)

SHAWN THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Canada/USA, 1999.  HandMade Films, Paragon Entertainment Corporation.  Screenplay by Shawn Thompson.  Cinematography by Robert C. New.  Produced by Jon Slan.  Music by Carlos Lopes.  Production Design by Marian Wihak.  Costume Design by Resa McConaghy.  Film Editing by Michael Pacek.   On a windy winter’s night, fumbling Gil Bellows finds himself in the twilight zone when he loses his wallet at…

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The Substance Of Fire (1996)

DANIEL J. SULLIVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Jon Robin Baitz, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Jon Robin Baitz, Randy Finch, Ron Kastner.  Music by Joseph Vitarelli.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Terri Purcell.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.   Sterling drama stars an excellent Ron Rifkin as a Holocaust survivor now entering…

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Childstar (2004)

DON McKELLAR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Canada, 2004.  Rhombus Media.  Screenplay by Don McKellar, Michael Goldbach.  Cinematography by Andre Turpin.  Produced by Niv Fichman, Daniel Iron, Jennifer Jonas.  Music by Christopher Dedrick.  Production Design by John Dondertman.  Costume Design by Debra Hanson.  Film Editing by Reginald Harkema.   Hollywood North is all aflutter when an obnoxious, twelve year-old movie star (Mark Rendall) travels to…

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Beautiful Joe (2000)

STEPHEN METCALFE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2000.  Stratosphere Entertainment, Capitol Films, Beautiful Films, Haft Entertainment, Pacific Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen Metcalfe.  Cinematography by Thomas E. Ackerman.  Produced by Fred Fuchs, Steven Haft.  Music by John Altman.  Production Design by David Brisbin.  Costume Design by Julia Caston, Jenni Gullett.  Film Editing by Michael Bradsell, Nick Moore.   Don’t be fooled by…

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Parkland (2013)

PETER LANDESMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2013.  Exclusive Media Group, The American Film Company, Playtone.  Screenplay by Peter Landesman, based on the book by Vincent Bugliosi.Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Matt Jackson, Bill Paxton, Nigel Sinclair.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Bruce Curtis.  Costume Design by Kari Perkins.  Film Editing…

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Judas Kiss (1998)

SEBASTIAN GUTIERREZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Bandeira Entertainment, Flynn/Simchowitz, Key Entertainment.  Story by Sebastian Gutierrez, Deanna Fuller, Screenplay by Sebastian Gutierrez.  Cinematography by James Chressanthis.  Produced by Beau Flynn, Jonathan King, Stefan Simchowitz.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Jerry Fleming.  Costume Design by Denise Wingate.  Film Editing by Howard E. Smith.   Adorable Jim Thompson-esque gangster film features excellent…

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Passchendaele

PAUL GROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB. Canadian cinema enters the realm of the battle epic with this beautifully photographed World War I drama.  Paul Gross, inspired by the stories of his own grandfather, plays a soldier returned from battle to Calgary who falls in love with a morphine-addicted nurse (Caroline Dhavernas). When the…

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