The Assistant (2019)

KITTY GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2019. 3311 Productions, Bellmer Pictures, Cinereach, Forensic Films, JJ Homeward Productions, Level Forward, Symbolic Exchange. Screenplay by Kitty Green. Cinematography by Michael Latham. Produced by P. Jennifer Dana, Kitty Green, Ross Jacobson, Scott Macaulay, James Schamus. Music by Tamar-kali. Production Design by Fletcher Chancey. Costume Design…

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I Hate Valentine’s Day (2009)

NIA VARDALOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.    USA, 2009.  Blue Star Pictures, I Hate Vday Productions, ICB Entertainment Finance, My Bench Productions.  Story by Nia Vardalos, Stephen David, Ben Zook, Screenplay by Nia Vardalos.  Cinematography by Brian Pryzpek.  Produced by Madeleine Sherak, William Sherak, Jason Shuman.  Music by Keith Power.  Production Design by…

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Starting Over (1979)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James L. Brooks, based on the novel by Dan Wakefield.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by James L. Brooks, Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by John Boxer.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman.  Academy Awards 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.   Candice Bergen is…

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Green Lantern (2011)

MARTIN CAMPBELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2011.  Warner Bros., De Line Pictures, DC Entertainment, DC Comics.  Screen story by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Screenplay by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by Greg Berlanti, Donald De Line.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Grant Major.  Costume Design by Ngila Dickson.  Film Editing…

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Glory (1989)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1989.  TriStar Pictures, Freddie Fields Productions.  Screenplay by Kevin Jarre, based on the letters of Robert Gould Shaw, the book Lay This Laurel by Lincoln Kirstein and the book One Gallant Rush by Peter Burchard.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Freddie Fields.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Norman Garwood.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film…

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Along Came A Spider (2001)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany/Canada, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, David Brown Productions, Phase 1 Productions, Revelations Entertainment, Munich Film Partners & Company.  Screenplay by Marc Moss, based on the novel by James Patterson.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by David Brown, Joe Wizan.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hays.  Film Editing by Neil…

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Meeting Venus (1991)

ISTVAN SZABO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. United Kingdom/Japan/USA, 1991.  Warner Bros., Fujisankei Communications International, British Sky Broadcasting, County Natwest Ventures, Enigma Productions, Bountiful Film Partners.  Screenplay by Istvan Szabo, Michael Hirst.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by David Puttnam.  Production Design by Attila Kovacs.  Costume Design by Catherine Leterrier.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.   A Hun garian music conductor (Niels Arestrup) finally…

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Tumbleweeds (1999)

GAVIN O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 USA, 1999.  Spanky Pictures, Solaris, River One Films.  Story by Angela Shelton, Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor, Angela Shelton.  Cinematography by Dan Stoloff.  Produced by Greg O’Connor.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Bryce Holtshousen.  Costume Design by Mimi Maxmen.  Film Editing by John Gilroy.  Academy Awards 1999.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  Gotham Awards 1999.  Independent Spirit Awards 1999.  National…

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Cadillac Records (2008)

DARNELL MARTIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2008.  LightWave Entertainment, Parkwood Pictures, Sony Music Film.  Screenplay by Darnell Martin.  Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos.  Produced by Andrew Lack, Sofia Sondervan.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Linda Burton.   Costume Design by Johnetta Boone.   Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.   Golden Globe Awards 2008.  …

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The Matchmaker (1997)

BBB (out of 5) Janeane Garofalo sparkles in this so-so comedy about a congressman’s aide who travels to Ireland to find her boss’s long-lost relatives but ends up finding a few distractions of her own.  She comes to a small town in the middle of Matchmaking Week, so while she searches endlessly to accomplish her mission,…

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Cross Creek (1983)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1983.  Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Dalene Young, based on the book by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Robert B. Radnitz, Martin Ritt.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Walter Scott Herndon.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.  Academy Awards 1983.  Cannes…

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JFK (1991)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/France, 1991.  Warner Bros., Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films, Ixtlan, Camelot.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar, based on the book On The Trail of The Assassins by Jim Garrison, and the book Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by A. Kitman Ho,…

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