The Midnight Sky (2020)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 2020. Anonymous Content, Netflix, Smokehouse Pictures, Syndicate Entertainment, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Mark L. Smith, based on the book Good Morning Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. Cinematography by Martin Ruhe. Produced by George Clooney, Bard Dorros, Grant Heslov, Keith Redmon, Cliff Roberts. Music by Alexandre Desplat. Production…

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Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)

DAVID GORDON GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Participant Media, Smokehouse Pictures.  Screenplay by Peter Straughan, suggested by the documentary by Rachel Boynton.  Cinematography by Tim Orr.  Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov.  Music by David Wingo.  Production Design by Richard A. Wright.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing by Colin Patton.  Toronto International Film Festival 2015.  Sandra Bullock plays a political…

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The Monuments Men (2014)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2014.  Columbia Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Smokehouse Pictures, Obelisk Productions, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter. Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing…

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Vital Signs (1990)

MARISA SILVER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1990.  Twentieth Century Fox, CBS Entertainment Production.  Story by Larry Ketron, Screenplay by Larry Ketron, Jeb Stuart.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Laurie Perlman, Cathleen Summers.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Todd Hallowell.  Costume Design by Deborah Everton.  Film Editing by Robert Brown, Danford B. Greene.   A gaggle of pretty, overly charming med students…

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Congo (1995)

FRANK MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1995.  Paramount Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company.   Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Sam Mercer.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Marilyn Matthews.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   Michael Crichton’s…

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August: Osage County (2013)

JOHN WELLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2013.  The Weinstein Company, Jean Doumanian Productions, Smokehouse Pictures, Battle Mountain Films, Yucaipa Films.  Screenplay by Tracy Letts, based on his play.  Cinematography by Adriano Goldman.  Produced by George Clooney, Jean Doumanian, Grant Heslov, Steve Traxler.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Cindy Evans.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Academy Awards 2013.  Golden…

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Enemy Of The State (1998)

TONY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Scott Free Productions, No Such Productions.  Screenplay by David Marconi.  Cinematography by Daniel Mindel.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams, Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Benjamin Fernandez.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon.   Tony Scott once again overdoes it with the…

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Sunset (1988)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1988.  Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Hudson Hawk Films Ltd., ML Delphi Premier Productions,  The Blake Edwards Company, TriStar Pictures.  Story by Rod Amateau, Screenplay by Blake Edwards.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Tony Adams.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Rodger Maus.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by…

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Dante’s Peak (1997)

ROGER DONALDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Universal Pictures, Pacific Western.  Screenplay by Leslie Bohem.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Joseph Singer.  Music by John Frizzell.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Isis Mussenden.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV, Tina Hirsch, Howard E. Smith.   Pure Hollywood fluff, this disaster film about a volcano erupting in a…

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The Birdcage (1996)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.   United Artists.   Screenplay by Elaine May, based on the screenplay by Francis Veber, Edouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon, Jean Poiret, from the play La Cage Aux Folles by Jean Poiret.   Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.   Produced by Mike Nichols.   Music by Stephen Sondheim.   Production Design by Bo Welch.   Costume…

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True Lies (1994)

JAMES CAMERON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Twentieth Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Cameron, based on the screenplay La Totale! by Claude Zidi, Simon Michael, Didier Kaminka.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by Stephanie Austin, James Cameron.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Peter Lamont.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV, Mark…

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The Ides Of March (2011)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, Crystal City Entertainment, Smokehouse Pictures, Appian Way.  Screenplay by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Sharon Seymour.  Costume…

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