The Circle (2017)

JAMES PONSOLDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   United Arab Emirates/USA, 2017.  1978 Films, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Likely Story, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Playtone, Route One Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Ponsoldt, Dave Eggers, based on the novel by Dave Eggers.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Gary Goetzman, James Ponsoldt.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Gerald Sullivan.  Costume Design…

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What’s The Worst That Could Happen? (2001)

SAM WEISMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2001.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Turman/Morrissey Company, Hyde Park Entertainment.  Screenplay by Matthew Chapman, based on the novel by Donald E. Westlake.  Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos.  Produced by Ashok Amritraj, Wendy Dytman.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Garth Craven, Nick Moore.   A Donald E. Westlake novel has once…

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Breakfast Of Champions (1999)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    B.5.  USA, 1999.  Flying Heart Films, Hollywood Pictures, Rain City, Rational Packaging Company, Sugar Creek Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph, based on the book by Kurt Vonnegut Jr..  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by David Blocker, David Willis.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Nina Ruscio.  Costume Design by Rudy Dillon.  Film Editing by Suzy…

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Mortal Thoughts (1991)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 1991.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Visions Pictures, Polar Entertainment Corporation, Rufglen Films.  Screenplay by William Reilly, Claude Kerven.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Hope Hanafin.  Film Editing by Tom Walls.   Riveting thriller is a rare example of genre work…

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Fandango (1985)

KEVIN REYNOLDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1985.  Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kevin Reynolds.  Cinematography by Thomas Del Ruth.  Produced by Tim Zinnemann.  Music by Alan Silvestri, Thomas Del Ruth.  Production Design by Peter Landsdown Smith.  Costume Design by Michele Neely.  Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt, Stephen Semel.   Poignantly written and directed film about the abandoning of youthful pleasures…

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1988.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Bernard Williams.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Roy Walker.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing by Stephen A. Rotter, William S. Scharf.   Comedic romp through the world of con artists is the lighter sibling…

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The Namesake (2006)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  India/USA, 2006.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Cine Mosaic, Entertainment Farm, Mirabai Films, UTV Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala, based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mira Nair.  Music by Nitin Sawhney.  Production Design by Stephanie Carroll.  Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by Allyson C. Johnson.  Independent Spirit Awards 2007.  National…

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Babe: Pig In The City (1998)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia, 1998.  Kennedy Miller Productions.  Screenplay by George Miller, Judy Morris, Mark Lamprell, based on characters created by Dick King-Smith.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Bill Miller, George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by Nigel Westlake. Production Design by Roger Ford.  Costume Design by Norma Moriceau.  Film Editing by Jay Friedkin, Margaret Sixel.  Academy Awards 1998….

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2 Days In The Valley (1996)

JOHN HERZFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1996.  Rysher Entertainment, Redemption Productions.  Screenplay by John Herzfeld.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.Produced by Herb Nanas, Jeff Wald.  Music by Anthony Marinelli.  Production Design by Catherine Hardwicke.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Wayne Wahrman.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Awkward rehash of Pulp Fiction has lame-brained characters running around sunny…

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Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)

STEPHEN HEREK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1995.  Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, The Charlie Mopic Company.  Screenplay by Patrick Sheane Duncan.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Robert W. Cort, Ted Field, Michael Nolin.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by David Nichols.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Trudy Ship.   Pure schmaltz.  Richard Dreyfuss devotes his life to…

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Bastard Out Of Carolina (1996)

ANJELICA HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Out of Carolina Productions.  Screenplay by Anne Meredith, based on the book by Dorothy Allison.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Amanda DiGiulio.  Music by Van Dyke Parks.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Van Broughton Ramsey.  Film Editing by Eva Gardos.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Anjelica Huston makes an incredible…

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Eleni (1985)

PETER YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1985.  CBS Entertainment Production, Eleni Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Tesich, based on the book by Nicholas Gage.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by Nicholas Gage, Mark Pick, Nick Vanoff.  Music by Bruce Smeaton.  Production Design by Roy Walker.  Costume Design by Tom Rand.  Film Editing by Ray Lovejoy. A Greek freedom fighter who was killed for…

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