Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, Bad Robot, China Movie Channel, Alibaba Pictures Group, Odin, TC Productions.  USA, 2015.  Directed by Christopher McQuarrie.  Story by Christopher McQuarrie, Drew Pearce. Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, based on the television series by Bruce Geller. Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Tom Cruise,…

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The Monuments Men (2014)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2014.  Columbia Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Smokehouse Pictures, Obelisk Productions, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter. Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing…

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The 6th Day (2000)

ROGER SPOTTISWOODE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Phoenix Pictures.  Screenplay by Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley.  Cinematography by Pierre Mignot.  Produced by Jon Davison, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by James D. Bissell, John Willett.  Costume Design by Trish Keating.  Film Editing by Michel Arcand, Mark Conte, Dominique Fortin. Arnold Schwarzenegger looks tired and bored in this lame retread of all…

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300 (2006)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2006.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Virtual Studios, Hollywood Gang Productions, Atmosphere Entertainment MM, Nimar Studios.  Screenplay by Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Michael Gordon, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, Lynn Varley.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, Gianni Nunnari, Jeffrey Silver.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design…

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Hollywood Homicide (2003)

RON SHELTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.  USA, 2003.  Revolution Studios, Pitt-Shelton Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Souza, Ron Shelton.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Lou Pitt, Ron Shelton.  Music by Alex Wurman.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Paul Seydor.   Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett play an oddly matched team of homicide detectives,…

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Tin Cup (1996)

RON SHELTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Norville, Ron Shelton.  Cinematography by Russell Boyd.  Produced by Gary Foster, David V. Lester.  Music by William Ross.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Kimberly Ray, Paul Seydor.  Golden Globe Awards 1996.  New York Film Critics Awards 1996.   A burnt-out…

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Jumanji (1995)

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   Plodding children’s movie has Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt reunite after being childhood friends many years before, reopening a dangerous exotic board game that features wild animals. The game comes to life and pretty soon the small town they live in is being stampeded by wild elephants, rhinoceroses…

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Always (1989)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1989.  Universal Pictures, United Artists, Amblin Entertainment, U-Drive Productions.  Screenplay by Jerry Belson, from the screenplay A Guy Named Joe by Dalton Trumbo, adapted by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, from the story by Chandler Sprague, David Boehm.  Cinematography by Mikael Salomon.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John…

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The Falcon And The Snowman (1985)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1985.  Hemdale.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Robert Lindsey.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Gabriel Katzka, John Schlesinger.  Music by Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Richard Marden. True story about Christopher Boyce and Daulton Lee, two young men…

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Cats And Dogs

B (out of 5) Bad special effects and poor editing mar what could have been a charming family for all ages in this insipid comedy. It’s the old cat vs. dog war gone high-tech when a Beagle puppy (voiced by Tobey Maguire) accidentally takes a Doberman Pinscher spy’s job as a pet for a doctor…

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Someone To Watch Over Me (1987)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1987.  Columbia Pictures.  Screenplay by Howard Franklin.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Thierry de Ganay, Harold Schneider.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Claire Simpson. Above-average thriller that benefits from great chemistry between its stars and the visual ingenuity of director Ridley…

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1982.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Melissa Mathison.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Carol Littleton.  Academy Awards 1982.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1982.  Golden Globe Awards 1982.  National Board of Review Awards 1982.  New York Film…

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