Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison Of Belief (2015)

ALEX GIBNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2015. HBO Documentary Films, Jigsaw Productions, Sky Atlantic. Screenplay by Alex Gibney, based on the book by Lawrence Wright. Cinematography by Samuel Painter. Produced by Alex Gibney, Matthew Slater, Kristen Vaurio, Lawrence Wright. Music by Will Bates. Production Design by Rob Locasio. Film Editing by Andy…

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Staying Alive (1983)

SYLVESTER STALLONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1983.  Paramount Pictures, Cinema Group Ventures. Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, Norman Wexler, based on characters created by Nik Cohn.  Cinematography by Nick McLean.  Produced by Sylvester Stallone, Robert Stigwood.  Music by The Bee Gees, Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Tom…

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Face/Off (1997)

JOHN WOO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Permut Presentations, Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Douglas/Reuther Productions, WCG Entertainment Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Werb, Michael Colleary.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Terence Chang, Christopher Godsick, Barrie M. Osborne, David Permut.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Steven Kemper, Christian Wagner.   You’ll actually enjoy…

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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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A Civil Action (1998)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Jonathan Harr.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Rachel Pfeffer, Robert Redford, Scott Rudin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.   True story of…

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Broken Arrow (1996)

JOHN WOO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Twentieth Century Fox, Mark Gordon Productions, WCG Entertainment Productions.  Screenplay by Graham Yost.  Cinematography by Peter Levy.  Produced by Bill Badalato, Terence Chang, Mark Gordon.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Holger Gross.  Costume Design by Mary Malin.  Film Editing by Joe Hutshing,Steve Mirkovich, John Wright.   This exciting adventure stars Christian Slater and John Travolta as bomber…

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Phenomenon (1996)

JON TURTELTAUB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1996.  Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Barbara Boyle, Michael Taylor.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Bruce Green. John Travolta plays a sweet simpleton living in a rural farming community who goes idiot savant when magical powers begin…

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Get Shorty (1995)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1995.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by John Lurie.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Ted Woerner.   Flawless adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s…

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Hairspray (2007)

ADAM SHANKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2007.  New Line Cinema, Ingenious Film Partners, Zadan / Meron Productions, Offspring Entertainment.  Screenplay by Leslie Dixon, based on the musical play by Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan and the 1988 screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Neil Meron, Craig Zadan.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by David…

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Swordfish (2001)

DOMINIC SENA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Australia, 2001.  Hollywood Licensing Group, Jonathan Krane Group, NPV Entertainment, Silver Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Skip Woods.  Cinematography by Paul Cameron.  Produced by Jonathan D. Krane, Joel Silver.  Music by Paul Oakenfold, Christopher Young.  Production Design by Jeff Mann.  Costume Design by Ha Nguyen.  Film Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin.   Listless, boring action adventure about…

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Ladder 49 (2004)

JAY RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2004.  Touchstone Pictures, Beacon Pictures, Casey Silver Productions, Fantail Films Inc., Beacon Communications.  Screenplay by Lewis Colick. Cinematography by James L. Carter.  Produced by Casey Silver.  Music by William Ross. Production Design by Tony Burrough.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Bud S. Smith, M. Scott Smith.   Painfully cliché-riddled drama about firefighters that…

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Austin Powers In Goldmember (2002)

JAY ROACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2002.  New Line Cinema, Gratitude International, Team Todd, Moving Pictures, Eric’s Boy.  Screenplay by Mike Myers, Michael McCullers, based on characters created by Mike Myers.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Eric McLeod, Demi Moore, Mike Myers, Jennifer Todd, John S. Lyons, Suzanne Todd.  Music by George S. Clinton.  Production Design by Rusty…

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