The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.   USA/Germany, 1997.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Kopelson Entertainment, Taurus Film, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy, based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing…

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Who’s Your Caddy? (2007)

DON MICHAEL PAUL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2007.  Ascendant Pictures, Cheyenne Enterprises, Dimension Films, Eleven Eleven Films, Flavor Unit Entertainment, Our Stories Films.  Screenplay by Don Michael Paul, Bradley Allenstein, Robert Henny. Cinematography by Thomas L. Callaway.  Produced by Christopher Eberts, Tracey E. Edmonds, Kia Jam, Arnold Rifkin.  Music by Jon Lee.  Production Design by Paul Luther Jackson.  Costume…

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Heartbreakers (2001)

DAVID MIRKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2001.   Davis Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Robert Dunn, Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur.   Cinematography by Dean Semler.   Produced by John Davis, Irving Ong.   Music by John Debney.   Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.   Costume Design by Gary Jones.   Film Editing by William Steinkamp.    Disappointing comedy that should have been better…

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Stuart Little (1999)

ROB MINKOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany/USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Franklin/Waterman Productions, Global Medien KG.  Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan, Greg Brooker, based on the book by E.B. White.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Douglas Wick.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Bill Brzeski.  Costume Design by Joseph A. Porro.  Film Editing by Tom Finan.   What could be more…

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The Crucible (1996)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Arthur Miller, based on his play.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Robert A. Miller, David V. Picker.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Costume Design by Bob Crowley.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.   Terrific adaptation of Arthur Miller’s groundbreaking anti-Red Scare play has lost some…

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1986.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by John Hughes, Tom Jacobson.  Music by Arthur Baker, Ira Newborn, John Robie.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.   Teenagers have always been huge fans of this John Hughes comedy, and those who were…

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Valmont

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Coming out one year after Stephen Frears’ successful Dangerous Liaisons, which was an adaptation of the same Choderlos de Laclos novel as this period piece, comparisons between the two were inevitable and not necessarily fair. Liaisons was based on the play by Christopher Hampton, which was adapted from…

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Amadeus (1984)

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  AMLF, The Saul Zaentz Company.  Screenplay by Peter Shaffer, based on his play.  Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Saul Zaentz.  Music by Neville Marriner.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein. Costume Design by Theodor Pistek.  Film Editing by Michael Chandler, T.M. Christopher, Nena Danevic.   The difficult, jealous relationship between genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart…

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The Hunt For Red October (1990)

JOHN McTIERNAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Paramount Pictures, Mace Neufeld Productions, Nina Saxon Film Design.  Screenplay by Larry Ferguson, Donald Stewart, based on the novel by Tom Clancy.  Cinematography by Jan de Bont.  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by James W. Tyson.  Film Editing by Dennis Virkler, John Wright.   Jack Ryan’s…

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Without A Clue (1988)

THOM EBERHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1988.  Incorporated Television Company.  Screenplay by Gary Murphy, Larry Strawther.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Marc Stirdivant.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Brian Ackland-Snow, Martyn Hebert.  Costume Design by Judy Moorcroft.  Film Editing by Peter Tanner.   A comedic gem, the oft-told tale of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson…

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How High (2001)

JESSE DYLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2001.  Jersey Films, Native Pictures Productions.  Screenplay by Dustin Lee Abraham.  Cinematography by Francis Kenny.  Produced by Danny DeVito, James Ellis, Shauna Garr, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by James Ellis, Shauna Garr.  Production Design by Clark Hunter.  Costume Design by Cindy Evans.  Film Editing by Larry Bock.   Maybe if this ridiculous reefer comedy…

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Howard The Duck (1986)

WILLARD HUYCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 1986.  Universal Pictures, Lucasfilm.  Screenplay by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, based on the Marvel comics character by Steve Gerber.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Gloria Katz.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Peter Jamison.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Michael Chandler, Sidney Wollinsky.   One of the most famous bombs…

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