Signs And Wonders (2000)

JONATHAN NOSSITER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  France, 2000.  Goatworks Films, Ideefixe Productions, Industry Entertainment, MK2 Productions, Sunshine Amalgamedia.  Story by James Lasdun, Screenplay by James Lasdun, Jonathan Nossiter.  Cinematography by Giorgos Arvanitis.  Produced by Marin Karmitz.  Music by Adrian Utley.  Production Design by Anastasia Arseni, Daphni Kalogianni.  Costume Design by Kathryn Nixon.  Film Editing by Madeleine Gavin.   In this overly obscure thriller-drama,…

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The Final Cut (2004)

OMAR NAIM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Canada/Germany, 2004.  Lions Gate Entertainment, Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Industry Entertainment, Cinetheta.  Screenplay by Omar Naim.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Nick Wechsler.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by Dede Allen, Robert Brakey.   Embarrassing film that could only have attracted its big name stars with…

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Crush (2001)

JOHN McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/Germany, 2001.  Film Council, FilmFour, Industry Entertainment, Pipedream Pictures, Senator Film Produktion.  Screenplay by John McKay.  Cinematography by Henry Braham.  Produced by Lee Thomas.  Music by Kevin Sargent.  Production Design by Amanda McArthur.  Costume Design by Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Anne Sopel.   This enjoyable British romance has so much going for it and…

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Quills (2000)

PHILIP KAUFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/Germany/United Kingdom, 2000.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Industry Entertainment, Walrus & Associates, Hollywood Partners.  Screenplay by Doug Wright, based on his play.  Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers.  Produced by Julia Chasman, Peter Kaufman, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Martin Childs.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by Peter Boyle.   Excellent drama about the Marquis de…

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25th Hour (2002)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2002.  25th Hour Productions, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Gamut Films, Industry Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by David Benioff, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Julia Chasman, Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Tobey Maguire.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Barry…

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North Country (2005)

NIKI CARO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Warner Bros., Industry Entertainment, Participant Media, Nick Wechsler Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Seitzman, based on the book Class Action: The Story Of Lois Jensen and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law by Clara Bingham, Laura Leedy.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Nick Wechsler.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design…

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The Yards (1999)

JAMES GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1999.  Miramax, Industry Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Gray, Matt Reeves.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Kerry Orent, Paul Webster, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford.   James Gray’s career is marked by films that are rich with atmosphere and…

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We Own The Night (2007)

JAMES GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2007.  Columbia Pictures, 2929 Productions, Industry Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Gray.  Cinematography by Joaquin Baca-Asay.  Produced by Marc Butan, Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Wojciech Kilar.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by John Axelrad.   Excellent dramatic thriller treads familiar territory but feels fresh in execution….

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Requiem For A Dream (2000)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2000.  Artisan Entertainment, Thousand Words, Sibling Productions, Protozoa Pictures, Industry Entertainment, Bandeira Entertainment, Requiem for a Dream, Truth and Soul Pictures.  Screenplay by Hubert Selby Jr., Darren Aronofsky, based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr..  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Eric Watson, Palmer West.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by James…

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