Love, Simon (2018)

GREG BERLANTI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Fox 2000 Pictures, New Leaf Literary & Media, Temple Hill Entertainment, Twisted Media.  Screenplay by Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker, based on the novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.  Cinematography by John Guleserian.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner, Pouya Shahbazian.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design…

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Danny Collins (2015)

DAN FOGELMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Big Indie Pictures, ShivHans Pictures.  Screenplay by Dan Fogelman.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Nimitt Mankad, Jessie Nelson.  Music by Ryan Adams, Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Film Editing by Julie Monroe.  Golden Globe Awards 2015.   Al Pacino plays a Manilow-esque crooner who hasn’t written a song in decades but…

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13 Going On 30 (2004)

GARY WINICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2004.  Revolution Studios, Thirteen Productions.  Screenplay by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Susan Arnold, Gina Matthews, Donna Roth.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Susan Littenberg.   It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool…

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Arthur (2011)

JASON WINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5. USA, 2011.  Warner Bros., Morra, Brezner, Steinberg and Tenenbaum Entertainment, BenderSpink, K/O Camera Toys, Langley Park Productions.  Story by Steve Gordon, Screenplay by Peter Baynham.  Cinematography by Uta Briesewitz.  Produced by Chris Bender, Larry Brezner, Kevin McCormick, Michael Tadross.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Sarah Knowles.  Costume Design by Juliet Polcsa.  Film Editing by Brent White.  …

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Juno (2007)

JASON REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Canada, 2007.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Mandate Pictures, Mr. Mudd.  Screenplay by Diablo Cody.  Cinematography by Eric Steelberg. Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Mason Novick, Russell Smith.  Music by Mateo Messina.  Production Design by Steve Saklad.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by Dana E. Glauberman.  Academy Awards 2007.  American Film Institute 2007.  Golden Globe Awards 2007.  Independent…

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Valentine’s Day (2010)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2010.  New Line Cinema, Rice Films, Karz Entertainment. Story by Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Screenplay by Katherine Fugate.  Cinematography by Charles Minsky.  Produced by Mike Karz, Wayne Allan Rice.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.   Garry Marshall…

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Dude, Where’s My Car

DANNY LEINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   I guess if you’re not expecting much from this slacker comedy then you won’t be too disappointed, though even at that low a level of anticipation it still plays like a bad high school skit. Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott play pizza delivery boys who wake up after…

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Dallas Buyers Club

BBBBB (out of 5) Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is a man who does not tread lightly on the pleasures of life.  He works as an electrician but makes extra cash running bets (and outrunning angry betters) at the local rodeo.  When he parties, the drinks and drugs flow freely and he indulges himself in all…

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Daredevil

BB.5 (out of 5) After a little boy is blinded by toxic chemicals during a freak accident, he finds that his remaining sense of hearing is so strong that sound vibrations give him an X-ray vision of the world around him. He develops his newfound ability until his adulthood when he takes to the street…

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Washington Square (1997)

AGNIESZKA HOLLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Alchemy Filmworks, Caravan Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Roger Birnbaum Productions.  Screenplay by Carol Doyle, based on the novel by Henry James.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Julie Bergman Sender, Roger Birnbaum.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Allan Starski.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by David Siegel.  Toronto International Film…

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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2002.  DreamWorks, Kemp Company, Splendid Pictures, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Muse Entertainment Enterprises.  Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on the book Catch Me If You Can: The Amazing True Story Of the Youngest and Most Daring Con Man in the History of Fun and Profit by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan…

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The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (2012)

PETER HEDGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2012.  Monsterfoot Productions, Scott Sanders Productions, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Ahmet Zappa, Screenplay by Peter Hedges.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Scott Sanders, James Whitaker, Ahmet Zappa.  Music by Geoff Zanelli.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.  North Carolina Film Critics Awards 2012.  Phoenix…

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