The Laundromat (2019)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2019.  Anonymous Content, Grey Matter Productions, Netflix, Topic Studios.  Screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, based on the book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Bernstein.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Scott Z. Burns, Lawrence…

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

J.A. BAYONA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment, Perfect World Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Oscar Faura.  Produced by Belen Atienza, Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Andy Nicholson.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by Bernat Vilaplana. With…

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

DON HALL, CHRIS WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 2014.  FortyFour Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Jordan Roberts, Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, based on the Big Hero 6 team and characters created by Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Kelly, Joe Casey.  Cinematography by Rob Dressel.  Produced by Roy Conli.  Music by Henry…

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Marshall (2017)

REGINALD HUDLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2017.  Chestnut Ridge Productions, China Wit Media, Starlight Media, Super Hero Films.  Screenplay by Jacob Koskoff, Michael Koskoff.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Reginald Hudlin, Jonathan Sanger, Paula Wagner.  Music by Marcus Miller.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Tom McArdle.  Academy Awards 2017.  Phoenix Film…

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The General’s Daughter (1999)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Germany, 1999.  Paramount Pictures, Neufeld Rehme Productions, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, Hollywood Licensing Group, Mace Neufeld Productions.  Screenplay by Christopher Bertolini, William Goldman, based on the novel by Nelson DeMille.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Erica…

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The Snow Walker (2003)

CHARLES MARTIN SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Canada, 2003.  Infinity Media, Téléfilm Canada, Canadian Television Fund, British Columbia Film, The Harold Greenberg Fund, CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund, The Movie Network, Super Écran, The New VI, Movie Central Network, Snow Walker/Walk Well Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Martin Smith, based on the story Walk Well My Brother…

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The Bachelor (1999)

GARY SINYOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  New Line Cinema, The Lloyd Segan Company, George Street Pictures.  Screenplay by Steve Cohen, based on the play Seven Chances by Roi Cooper Megrue and the 1925 screenplay Seven Chances by Jean C. Havez, Clyde Bruckman, Joseph A. Mitchell.  Cinematography by Simon Archer.  Produced by Jeffrey T. Barabe, Bing Howenstein, Lloyd Segan.  Music by…

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Eraser (1996)

CHUCK RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1996.  Kopelson Entertainment, Warner Bros..  Story by Tony Puryear, Walon Green, Michael S. Chernuchin, Screenplay by Tony Puryear, Walon Green.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Bill Kenney.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by Michael Tronick.  Academy Awards 1996. After a business executive in a high-tech weapons…

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Spider-Man 3 (2007)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.    USA, 2007.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Studios, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Screen story by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Screenplay by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Alvin Sargent, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Avi Arad, Grant Curtis, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by…

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The Sum Of All Fears (2002)

PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Paramount Pictures, Mace Neufeld Productions, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, S.O.A.F. Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, Daniel Pyne, based on the novel by Tom Clancy.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau.  Film Editing by Nicolas…

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I, Robot (2004)

ALEX PROYAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Twentieth Century Fox, Mediastream Vierte Film GmbH & Co. Vermarktungs KG, Davis Entertainment, Laurence Mark Productions, Overbrook Entertainment, Canlaws Productions.  Story by Jeff Vintar, Screenplay by Jeff Vintar, Akiva Goldsman, suggested by the book by Isaac Asimov.  Cinematography by Simon Duggan.  Produced by Michael Lee Baron, John Davis, Topher Dow,…

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The Cheap Detective

BBB.5 (out of 5) Neil Simon wrote two hilarious spoofs of traditional murder mysteries, and both are equally funny and worth watching. The first, Murder By Death, was a clever takeoff on classic mysteries of the Agatha Christie vein. The Cheap Detective takes on the genre of forties film noir as private eye Peter Falk…

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