Five Corners (1987)

TONY BILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1987. Cineplex Odeon Films, HandMade Films. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Tony Bill, Forrest Murray. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Adrianne Lobel. Costume Design by Peggy Farrell. Film Editing by Andy Blumenthal. John Patrick Shanley pays…

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The Mauritanian (2021)

KEVIN MACDONALD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB United Kingdom/USA, 2021. Wonder Street, 30West, BBC Films, Convergent Media, Great Point Media, Shadowplay Features, SunnyMarch, Topic Studios. Screen story by Michael Bronner, Screenplay by Michael Bronner, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, based on the book Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Larry Siems. Cinematography by Alwin…

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Bugsy Malone (1976)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   United Kingdom, 1976.  The Rank Organisation, Goodtimes Enterprises, Bugsy Malone Productions, National Film Finance Consortium.  Screenplay by Alan Parker.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou, Michael Seresin.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Paul Williams.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.   It’s the kind of thing that only…

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Girl 27 (2007)

DAVID STENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2007.  TLR Productions.  Screenplay by David Stenn.   Cinematography by Peter B. Good.   Produced by David Stenn.   Music by Hal Lindes.   Production Design by Shawn Berry.    Film Editing by Tessa Davis. In the days when all of Hollywood was run by a handful of studios that operated as kingdoms of entertainment,…

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Anna And The King (1999)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1999.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Lawrence Bender Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, based on the diaries of Anna Leonowens.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Lawrence Bender, Ed Elbert.  Music by George Fenton, Robert Kraft.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film Editing by Roger Bondelli.   So-so effort that features a surprisingly…

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Flightplan (2005)

ROBERT SCHWENTKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2005.  Touchstone Pictures, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by Peter A. Dowling, Billy Ray.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Alec Hammond.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Thom Noble.   Jodie Foster stars as an airplane engine designer living in Berlin whose bereavement over the loss of…

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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

TONY RICHARDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 1984.  Woodfall Film Productions, Filmline Productions, Producers Circle.  Screenplay by Tony Richardson, based on the novel by John Irving. Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Neil Hartley, Pieter Kroonenburg, David J. Patterson.  Production Design by Jocelyn Herbert.  Costume Design by Jocelyn Herbert.  Film Editing by Robert K. Lambert. Further proof, after The…

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The Accused (1988)

JONATHAN KAPLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Canada, 1988.  Paramount Pictures, Jaffe-Lansing, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Tom Topor.  Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Richard Wilcox.  Costume Design by Trish Keating.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown, Gerald B. Greenberg.   This impressive drama deals with an important issue and features excellent acting…

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Stealing Home (1988)

STEVEN KAMPMANN, WILLIAM PORTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1988.  The Mount Company, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Steven Kampmann, William Porter.  Cinematography by Bobby Byrne.  Produced by Hank Moonjean, Thom Mount.  Music by David Foster.  Production Design by Vaughan Edwards.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   Has-been baseball player Mark Harmon returns to the town of his youth…

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The Brave One (2007)

NEIL JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Australia, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures.  Story by Roderick Taylor, Bruce A. Taylor, Screenplay by Roderick Taylor, Bruce A. Taylor, Cynthia Mort.Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Susan Downey, Joel Silver.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Catherine Marie Thomas.  Film Editing by Tony…

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Elysium

BBBB (out of 5) Being a member of the privileged classes only gets better in the future, with an overpopulated, diseased and polluted planet Earth abandoned by the elite who have taken up residence on a space station that is basically a giant, circular Beverly Hills mansion.  On that orbiting paradise, citizens are given the…

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Contact (1997)

ROBERT ZEMECKIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Warner Bros., South Side Amusement Company.  Story by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, Screenplay by James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg, based on the novel by Carl Sagan.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Ed Verreaux.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt.  …

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