The Homesman (2014)

TOMMY LEE JONES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  France/USA, 2014.  EuropaCorp, Ithaca, The Javelina Film Company.  Screenplay by Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley A. Oliver, based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout. Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Luc Besson, Peter Brant, Brian Kennedy.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Merideth Boswell.  Costume Design by Lahly Poore.  Film Editing by Roberto Silvi.  Cannes…

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All The Pretty Horses (2000)

BILLY BOB THORNTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Miramax.  Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Cinematography by Barry Markowitz.  Produced by Robert Salerno, Billy Bob Thornton.  Music by Larry Paxton, Marty Stuart, Kristin Wilkinson.  Production Design by Clark Hunter.  Costume Design by Doug Hall.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.  National…

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The Client (1994)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films.  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, Robert Getchell, based on the novel by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.  Academy Awards 1994. The best John Grisham novel…

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Secondhand Lions (2003)

TIM McCANLIES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2003.  New Line Cinema, David Kirschner Productions, Digital Domain, Avery Pix.  Screenplay by Tim McCanlies.  Cinematography by Jack N. Green.  Produced by David Kirschner, Scott Ross, Corey Sienaga.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by David J. Bomba.  Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by David Moritz.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2003.   …

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In The Valley Of Elah

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ex-army sergeant Tommy Lee Jones gets a phone call informing him that his son, just returned from service in Iraq, has disappeared from his army base and has been missing for days. Jones, immediately knowing something is wrong, travels two days across states to investigate his son’s disappearance himself, devastated when he…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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