Tickling Giants (2016)

SARA TAKSLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2016.  Hurwitz Creative, Sarkasmos Productions.  Screenplay by Sara Taksler.  Cinematography by Wail Gzoly.  Produced by Maziar Bahari, Monica Hampton, Frédéric Rose, Sara Taksler.  Music by Paul Tyan.  Film Editing by Jamie Canobbio, Thomas M. Vogt, Tyler H. Walk. A successful Cairo surgeon reacts to the country’s growing dissatisfaction with the decades-long reign of Mubarak…

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Rosewater (2014)

JON STEWART Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2014.  Busboy Productions, International Traders, MWM.  Screenplay by Jon Stewart, based on the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity and Survival by Maziar Bahari, Aimee Molloy.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Gigi Pritzker, Scott Rudin, Jon Stewart.   Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Gerald Sullivan.  Costume Design…

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Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work (2010)

ANNE SUNDBERG, RICKI STERN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Break Thru Films.  Screenplay by Ricki Stern.  Cinematography by Charles Miller.  Produced by Seth Keal, Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg.  Music by Paul Brill.  Film Editing by Penelope Falk.  The title’s meaning is manifold: she is herself a piece of work, she’s had plenty of it done on her face, she’s addicted…

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Evan Almighty (2007)

TOM SHADYAC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2007.  Universal Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Relativity Media, Shady Acres Entertainment, Original Film.  Story by Steve Oedekerk, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, Screenplay by Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe, based on characters created by Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Michael Bostick, Neal H. Moritz, Tom Shadyac.  Music…

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The Faculty (1998)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Dimension Films.  Story by David Wechter, Bruce Kimmel, Screenplay by Kevin Williamson.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Elizabeth Avellan.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Michael T. Boyd.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   A group of teenagers begin to wise up to the fact that their high…

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The Aristocrats (2005)

PAUL PROVENZA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2005.  Mighty Cheese Productions.  Produced by Peter Adam Golden.  Music by Gary Stockdale.  Film Editing by Emery Emery, Paul Provenza.  Paul Provenza interviews dozens of comedians about a famous joke, loved among comedians, that provides a sort of jazzy opportunity for performers to really shine. Each interview subject gives their own…

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Big Daddy (1999)

DENNIS DUGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1999.  Jack Giarraputo Productions, Out of the Blue… Entertainment.  Story by Steve Franks, Screenplay by Steve Franks, Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler.  Cinematography by Theo van de Sande.  Produced by Jack Giarraputo.  Music by Teddy Castellucci.  Production Design by Perry Andelin Blake.  Costume Design by Ellen Lutter.  Film Editing by Jeff Gourson.   Adam Sandler plays a shiftless layabout who…

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Death To Smoochy (2002)

DANNY DEVITO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2002.  Warner Bros., FilmFour, Senator Film Produktion, Mad Chance, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Adam Resnick. Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos.  Produced by Andrew Lazar, Peter Macgregor-Scott.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Jon Poll.   It’s hard to imagine movies sinking lower…

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Playing By Heart (1998)

WILLARD CARROLL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Hyperion Pictures, Intermedia, Miramax, Morpheus.  Screenplay by Willard Carroll.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Willard Carroll, Meg Lieberman, Thomas L. Wilhite.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Missy Stewart.  Costume Design by April Ferry.  Film Editing by Pietro Scalia.   Three women all have relationship troubles and are currently trying to work them…

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