Tomorrowland (2015)

BRAD BIRD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA/Spain, 2015.  Walt Disney Pictures, A113, Babieka.  Story by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeff Jensen, Screenplay by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird.  Cinematography by Claudio Miranda.  Produced by Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov, Damon Lindelof.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Scott Chambliss.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Walter Murch, Craig Wood.  Washington Film Critics Awards…

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)

RANDALL WALLACE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  United Artists.  Screenplay by Randall Wallace, based on the books Vingt Ans Apres and Le Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas pere. Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Russell Smith, Randall Wallace.  Music by Nick Glennie-Smith.  Production Design by Anthony Pratt.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by William Hoy.   Leonardo DiCaprio‘s first film…

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Spice World (1997)

BOB SPIERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  United Kingdom, 1997.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Spice Productions, Fragile Films, Icon Entertainment International, Polygram Filmed Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kim Fuller, Jamie Curtis, from an idea by Kim Fuller, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham.  Cinematography by Clive Tickner. Produced by Uri Fruchtmann, Mark L. Rosen, Barnaby Thompson. …

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Plenty (1985)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1985.  Pressman Productions, RKO Pictures.  Screenplay by David Hare, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Joseph Papp, Edward R. Pressman.  Music by Bruce Smeaton.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald. Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Peter Honess. Meryl Streep‘s riveting performance is the only thing worth taking…

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Stuart Little (1999)

ROB MINKOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany/USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Franklin/Waterman Productions, Global Medien KG.  Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan, Greg Brooker, based on the book by E.B. White.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Douglas Wick.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Bill Brzeski.  Costume Design by Joseph A. Porro.  Film Editing by Tom Finan.   What could be more…

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Stuart Little 2 (2002)

ROB MINKOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Franklin/Waterman Productions, Red Wagon Entertainment.  Story by Douglas Wick, Bruce Joel Rubin, Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin, based on characters from the book Stuart Little by E.B. White.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Bill Brzeski.  Costume Design by…

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Cousin Bette (1998)

DES McANUFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Lynn Siefert, Susan Tarr, based on the novel by Honore de Balzac.  Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula.  Produced by Sarah Radclyffe.  Music by Simon Boswell.  Production Design by Hugo Luczyc-Wyshowski.  Costume Design by Gabriella Pescucci.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar, Barry Alexander Brown.   Critics and audiences unfortunately ignored this…

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Monsters vs Aliens (2009)

ROB LETTERMAN, CONRAD VERNON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2009.  DreamWorks Animation.  Story by Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon, Screenplay by Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Rob Letterman, Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger.  Produced by Lisa Stewart.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by David James.  Film Editing by Joyce Arrastia, Erika Dapkewicz. Nothing ruins a wedding day like the bride turning into…

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101 Dalmatians (1996)

STEPHEN HEREK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1996.  Walt Disney Pictures, Wizzer Productions, Great Oaks Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Hughes, based on the novel by Dodie Smith.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by John Hughes, Ricardo Mestres.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Assheton Gorton.  Costume Design by Rosemary Burrows, Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by Trudy Ship.   Boring, unnecessarily heavy adaptation of…

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Maybe Baby (2000)

HUGH LAURIE, BEN ELTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 2000.  Pandora Cinema, BBC Films.  Screenplay by Ben Elton, based on his novel Inconceivable.  Cinematography by Roger Lanser.  Produced by Phil McIntyre.  Music by Colin Towns.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Peter Hollywood.   Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson are a happily married couple who…

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Peter’s Friends (1992)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom, 1992.  British Broadcasting Corporation, Channel Four Films, Renaissance Films, The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Rita Rudner, Martin Bergman.  Cinematography by Roger Lanser.  Produced by Kenneth Branagh.  Production Design by Tim Harvey.  Costume Design by Susan Coates, Stephanie Collie.  Film Editing by Andrew Marcus.   Contrived but sometimes fun British remake of The Big Chill…

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Sense And Sensibility (1995)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Emma Thompson, based on the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Michael Coulter.  Produced by Lindsay Doran.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan, John Bright.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.   Best-ever adaptation of a Jane Austen novel stars…

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