Blood Diamond (2006)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2006.  Warner Bros., Virtual Studios, Spring Creek Productions, The Bedford Falls Company, Initial Entertainment Group, Liberty Pictures, Lonely Film Productions GmbH & Co. KG..  Story by Charles Leavitt, C. Gaby Mitchell, Screenplay by Charles Leavitt.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Gillian Gorfil,Marshall Herskovitz, Graham King, Paula Weinstein, Edward Zwick.  Music by James…

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The Ballad Of Jack And Rose (2005)

REBECCA MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2005.  IFC Productions, Initial Entertainment Group, Elevation Filmworks, Jack and Rose Productions.  Screenplay by Rebecca Miller.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Lemore Syvan.  Music by Michael Rohatyn.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Jennifer von Mayrhauser.  Film Editing by Sabine Hoffman.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2005.  National Society of Film Critics Awards 2005.   New…

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Ali (2001)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2001.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Forward Pass, Initial Entertainment Group, Moonlighting Films, Overbrook Entertainment, Peters Entertainment, Picture Entertainment.  Story by Gregory Allen Howard, Screenplay by Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Eric Roth, Michael Mann.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Paul Ardaji, A. Kitman Ho, James Lassiter, Michael Mann, Jon Peters.  Music by…

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Laws Of Attraction (2004)

PETER HOWITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Ireland/United Kingdom/Germany, 2004.  Deep River Productions, Irish DreamTime, Initial Entertainment Group, Fern Valley Limited, Intermedia Productions, MHF Zweite Academy Film, Mobius Pictures, Stratus Film Co..  Story by Aline Brosh McKenna, Screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna, Robert Harling.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by David Bergstein, Julie Durk, David T. Friendly, Beau St….

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An Unfinished Life (2005)

LASSE HALLSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Germany/USA, 2005.  Miramax, Revolution Studios, Initial Entertainment Group, The Ladd Company, Kalis Productions GmbH & Co. Zweite KG, Persistent Entertainment, Unfinished Films.  Screenplay by Mark Spragg, Virginia Korus Spragg.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Leslie Holleran, Alan Ladd Jr., Kelliann Ladd.  Music by Deborah Lurie.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film Editing…

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Liebestraum (1991)

MIKE FIGGIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1991.  Initial Entertainment Group, Pathé Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mike Figgis.  Cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchia.  Produced by Eric Fellner.  Music by Mike Figgis.  Production Design by Waldemar Kalinowski.  Costume Design by Sharon Simonaire.  Film Editing by Martin Hunter.   A successful architect (Kevin Anderson) returns to his home town for a visit and ends up becoming involved…

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The Departed (2006)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Hong Kong, 2006.  Warner Bros., Plan B Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group, Vertigo Entertainment, Media Asia Films.  Screenplay by William Monahan, based on the screenplay Mou Gaan Dou by Alan Mak, Felix Chong.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Brad Grey, Brad Pitt, Gianni Nunnari, Graham King.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Kristi…

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Gangs Of New York (2002)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Italy, 2002.  Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group, Alberto Grimaldi Productions.  Story by Jay Cocks, Screenplay by Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Alberto Grimaldi, Harvey Weinstein.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.  Academy Awards 2002.  American Film Institute Awards 2002. …

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The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys

BBB.5 (out of 5) Original and affecting film about adolescent angst benefits from a biting, sarcastic tone and excellent performances by all the young people depicted. Kieran Culkin and Emile Hirsch are excellent as two pre-teens who find that life in their strict Catholic school just isn’t worth living if they aren’t creating mayhem all the…

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Traffic (2000)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Germany/USA, 2000.  Compulsion Inc., Initial Entertainment Group, Splendid Medien AG, The Bedford Falls Company, USA Films.  Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, based on the miniseries Traffik by Simon Moore.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Laura Bickford, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen…

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The Aviator (2004)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Forward Pass, Appian Way, Initial Entertainment Group, Warner Bros., Miramax.  Screenplay by John Logan.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Sandy Climan, Matthias Deyle, Charles Evans Jr., Graham King, Michael Mann.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.  Academy Awards 2004.   AFI Awards 2004….

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