In The Heights (2021)

JON M. CHU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 2021. Warner Bros., 5000 Broadway Productions, Likely Story, Scott Sanders Productions. Screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes, based on the musical stage play by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes. Cinematography by Alice Brooks. Produced by Anthony Bregman, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Mara Jacobs, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Scott…

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

GARETH EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2016.  Lucasfilm, Allison Shearmur Productions, Black Hangar Studios, Stereo D, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by John Knoll, Gary Whitta, Screenplay by Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy, based on characters created by George Lucas. Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Simon Emanuel, Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by…

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The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

ROBIN SWICORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2007.  Mockingbird Pictures, John Calley Productions.  Screenplay by Robin Swicord, based on the book by Karen Joy Fowler.  Cinematography by John Toon.  Produced by John Calley, Julie Lynn, Diana Napper.  Music by Aaron Zigman.  Production Design by Rusty Smith.  Costume Design by Johnetta Boone.  Film Editing by Maryann Brandon.   Six-time wife Kathy Baker attends the funeral of her…

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Vital Signs (1990)

MARISA SILVER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1990.  Twentieth Century Fox, CBS Entertainment Production.  Story by Larry Ketron, Screenplay by Larry Ketron, Jeb Stuart.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Laurie Perlman, Cathleen Summers.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Todd Hallowell.  Costume Design by Deborah Everton.  Film Editing by Robert Brown, Danford B. Greene.   A gaggle of pretty, overly charming med students…

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Bless The Child (2000)

CHUCK RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA/Germany, 2000.  Paramount Pictures, Icon Entertainment International, Munich Film Partners & Company, BTC Productions.  Screenplay by Thomas Rickman, Clifford Green, Ellen Green, based on the novel by Cathy Cash Spellman.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Denise Cronenberg.  Film Editing by Alan Heim. Kim Basinger gives…

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My Family (1995)

GREGORY NAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 Original title:  Mi Familia USA, 1995.  American Playhouse, American Zoetrope, Majestic Films International, Newcomb Productions.  Screenplay by Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Anna Thomas.  Music by Mark McKenzie.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Tracy Tynan.  Film Editing by Nancy Richardson.   Multiple generations of a Latino-American family in California are…

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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith (2005)

GEORGE LUCAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2005.  Lucasfilm, Mestiere Cinema, Pandora Films, Santa International Film Productions Co. Ltd., CTV Services.  Screenplay by George Lucas.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Rick McCallum.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Gavin Bocquet.  Costume Design by Trisha Biggar.  Film Editing by Roger Barton, Ben Burtt.   Following their rescue of Chancellor Palpatine from the…

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Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones (2002)

GEORGE LUCAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2002.  Lucasfilm.  Story by George Lucas, Screenplay by George Lucas, Jonathan Hales.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Rick McCallum, Lorne Orleans.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Gavin Bocquet.  Costume Design by Trisha Biggar.  Film Editing by Ben Burtt.   Vast improvement on Episode One of the Star Wars series’ adventures continues the story…

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Switch (1991)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Beco Films, Cinema Plus, Home Box Office.  Screenplay by Blake Edwards.  Cinematography by Dick Bush.  Produced by Tony Adams.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Rodger Maus.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Robert Pergament.   Ellen Barkin‘s hysterical performance is the main reason to watch this one-joke comedy. One of…

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