Flightplan (2005)

ROBERT SCHWENTKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2005.  Touchstone Pictures, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by Peter A. Dowling, Billy Ray.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Alec Hammond.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Thom Noble.   Jodie Foster stars as an airplane engine designer living in Berlin whose bereavement over the loss of…

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Emma (1996)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1996.  Haft Entertainment.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Ian Wilson.  Produced by Patrick Cassavetti, Steven Haft.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Michael Howells.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker. Excellent adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel has a superior performance by…

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Cosi (1996)

MARK JOFFE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  Australia, 1996.  Australian Film Finance Corporation, Meridian Films, Miramax, Smiley Productions.  Screenplay by Louis Nowra, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ellery Ryan.  Produced by Richard Brennan, Timothy White.  Music by Stephen Endelman.  Production Design by Chris Kennedy.  Costume Design by Tess Schofield.  Film Editing by Nicholas Beauman.   Shy, sweet Australian comedy about a group…

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Cotton Mary (1999)

ISMAIL MERCHANT, MADHUR JAFFREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  France/United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Merchant Ivory Productions.  Screenplay by Alexandra Viets.  Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme.  Produced by Nayeem Hafizka, Richard Hawley.  Music by Richard Robbins.  Production Design by Alison Riva.  Costume Design by Sheena Napier.  Film Editing by John David Allen.   Wonderful period piece from the team of Merchant Ivory. Directed by Ismail Merchant, the…

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Festival In Cannes (2001)

HENRY JAGLOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2001.  Revere Entertainment, The Rainbow Film Company.  Screenplay by Victoria Foyt, Henry Jaglom.  Cinematography by Hanania Baer.  Produced by John Goldstone.  Music by Gaili Schoen.  Costume Design by Jo Kissack.  Film Editing by Henry Jaglom.   Henry Jaglom strikes a pitifully wrong note with this talky and boring drama that takes place during the…

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Brideshead Revisited (2008)

JULIAN JARROLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2008.  Ecosse Films, BBC Films, UK Film Council, 2 Entertain, Screen Yorkshire, Brideshead Films, HanWay Films, Mestiere Cinema, Zak Productions.  Screenplay by Andrew Davies, Jeremy Brock, based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae, Kevin Loader.  Music by Adrian Johnston.  Production Design by…

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Presumed Innocent (1990)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros., Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Frank Pierson, Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by Scott Turow.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Sydney Pollack, Mark Rosenberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by John Boxer.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman.   Harrison Ford plays a well-respected…

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The Red Violin (1998)

FRANCOIS GIRARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5 Original title:  Le Violon Rouge Canada/Italy/United Kingdom, 1998.  Rhombus Media, Mikado Film, New Line International, Channel Four Films, Canada Television and Cable Production Fund, Telefilm Canada – Equity Investment Program, CITY-TV, Bravo Arts Channel, Filmfonds Wien, Sony Classical, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Red Violin Productions Ltd.,…

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Heat And Dust (1983)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1983.   Merchant Ivory Productions.   Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on her novel.   Cinematography by Walter Lassally.   Produced by Ismail Merchant.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by Wilfred Shingleton.  Costume Design by Barbara Lane.   Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.    Not only is it intoxicating…

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Jefferson In Paris (1995)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France/USA, 1995.   Touchstone Pictures, Merchant Ivory Productions, Centre National de la Cinématographie.   Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.   Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme.   Produced by Ismail Merchant.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by Guy-Claude Francois.   Costume Design by Jenny Beavan, John Bright.   Film Editing by Isabelle Lorente, Andrew…

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Hidden Love (2007)

ALESSANDRO CAPONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Original title:  L’amore nascosto Italy/Luxembourg/Belgium, 2007.  Cristaldi Pictures, Tarantula, Backup Media, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Soho Films, Tarantula, Umedia, uFilm.  Screenplay by Alessandro Capone, Luca D’Alisera, based on the book by Danièle Girard.  Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli.  Produced by Massimo Cristaldi, Mark…

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The Player (1992)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Avenue Pictures, Spelling Entertainment, Addis Wechsler Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Tolkin, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Jean Lepine.  Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Alexander Julian.  Film Editing by Maysie Hoy, Geraldine Peroni.   Robert Altman’s most popular film…

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