Pitch Perfect (2012)

JASON MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2012.  Brownstone Productions, Gold Circle Films.  Screenplay by Kay Cannon, based on the book by Mickey Rapkin.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks, Max Handelman.  Music by Christophe Beck, Mark Kilian.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Salvador Perez Jr.. …

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Mapplethorpe (2018)

ONDI TIMONER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Boston Diva Productions, Interloper Films.  Screenplay by Ondi Timoner, Mikko Alanne, based on a screenplay by Bruce Goodrich.  Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber.  Produced by Richard J. Bosner, Eliza Dushku, Nate Dushku, Ondi Timoner.  Music by Marcelo Zervos.  Production Design by Jonah Markowitz.  Costume Design by…

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Truth (2015)

JAMES VANDERBILT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia/USA, 2015.  Sony Pictures Classics, Echo Lake Entertainment, RatPac Entertainment, FilmNation Entertainment, Blue Lake Media Fund, Deluxe Australia, Mythology Entertainment , Dirty Films.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book Truth And Duty: The Press, The President and The Privilege Of Power by Mary Mapes.  Cinematography by Mandy Walker.  Produced by…

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The General’s Daughter (1999)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA/Germany, 1999.  Paramount Pictures, Neufeld Rehme Productions, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, Hollywood Licensing Group, Mace Neufeld Productions.  Screenplay by Christopher Bertolini, William Goldman, based on the novel by Nelson DeMille.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by…

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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 Bone Collector (1999)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Jeremy Iacone, based on the book by Jeffery Deaver.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Martin Bregman, Michael Bregman, Louis A. Stroller.  Music by Craig Armstrong.  Production Design by Nigel Phelps.  Costume Design by Odette Gadoury.  Film Editing by William Hoy. Typical and predictable thriller that is worth watching…

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Infamous (2006)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2006.  Warner Independent Pictures, Killer Films.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the book Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career by George Plimpton.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Jocelyn Hayes, Christine Vachon, Anne Walker-McBay.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design…

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Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)

JOE MANTELLO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1997.  Krost/Chapin Productions.  Screenplay by Terrence McNally, based on his play.  Cinematography by Alik Sakharov.  Produced by Doug Chapin, Barry Krost.  Music by Harold Wheeler.  Production Design by Francois Seguin.  Costume Design by Jess Goldstein.  Film Editing by Colleen Sharp.   Cardboard adaptation of Terence McNally’s play about a group of gay men who gather…

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Freedom Writers (2007)

RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Germany/USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Double Feature Films, MTV Films, Jersey Films, Kernos Filmproduktionsgesellschaft & Company.  Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing To Change Themselves And The World Around Them by Erin Gruwell, and the Freedom…

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Then She Found Me (2007)

HELEN HUNT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2007.  Odyssey Entertainment, Killer Films, John Wells Productions, Blue Rider Pictures, Black Watch Productions, Less Is More Pictures, Blue Rider Pictures.  Screenplay by Alice Arlen, Victor Levin, Helen Hunt, based on the novel by Elinor Lipman.  Cinematography by Peter Donahue.  Produced by Monica H. Anderson, Helen Hunt, Pamela Koffler, Katie Roumel, Connie Tavel, Christine…

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The Taking Of Pelham 123 (2009)

TONY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2009.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Relativity Media, Scott Free Productions, Escape Artists.  Screenplay by Brian Helgeland, based on the novel by John Godey.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Tony Scott, Steve Tisch.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Chris Seagers.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film…

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Changing Lanes (2002)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2002.  Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Story by Chap Taylor, Screenplay by Chap Taylor, Michael Tolkin.  Cinematography by Salvatore Totino.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen. Compelling Hollywood thriller with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson as random…

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