Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2016.  Heyday Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by David Heyman, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling, Lionel Wigram.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Stuart Craig, James Hambridge.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Mark Day.  Academy Awards 2016.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2016.    Washington…

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Japan/Germany, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, Mutual Film Company, British Broadcasting Corporation, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Marubeni, Eidos Interactive, KFP Produktions GmbH & Co. KG, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa.  Story by Sara B. Cooper, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary, Screenplay by Patrick Massett, John Zinman, Adaptation by Simon West.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Lawrence…

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National Treasure (2004)

JON TURTELTAUB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Junction Entertainment, Saturn Films.  Story by Jim Kouf, Oren Aviv, Charles Segars, Screenplay by Jim Kouf, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jon Turteltaub.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Norris Spencer.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg….

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Tropic Thunder (2008)

BEN STILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2008.  DreamWorks, Red Hour Films, Goldcrest Pictures, Internationale Filmproduktion Stella-del-Sud Second.  Story by Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux, Screenplay by Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller, Etan Cohen.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Stuart Cornfeld, Eric McLeod, Ben Stiller.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Jeff Mann.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Greg Hayden.  Academy…

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Zoolander (2001)

BEN STILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Australia/Germany, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, VH1 Television, NPV Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions, Red Hour Films, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, Red Hour Productions, Tenth Planet Productions. Story by Drake Sather, Ben Stiller, Screenplay by Drake Sather, Ben Stiller, John Hamburg, based on…

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Ali (2001)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2001.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Forward Pass, Initial Entertainment Group, Moonlighting Films, Overbrook Entertainment, Peters Entertainment, Picture Entertainment.  Story by Gregory Allen Howard, Screenplay by Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Eric Roth, Michael Mann.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Paul Ardaji, A. Kitman Ho, James Lassiter, Michael Mann, Jon Peters.  Music by…

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Heat (1995)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1995.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Forward Pass, Art Linson Productions, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Michael Mann.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Art Linson, Michael Mann.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Pasquale Buba, William Goldenberg, Dov Hoenig, Tom Rolf. Michael Mann’s…

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Anaconda

B (out of 5) Laughably bad horror movie has documentarian Jennifer Lopez lead a crew through the Amazon only to have her trip interrupted by a giant river snake that eats her employees whole. Bad dialogue, embarrassing visual effects and weak (to say the least) performances abound everywhere, not to mention the fact that Lopez never…

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Runaway Train

ANDREY KONCHALOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Golan-Globus Productions, Northbrook Films.  Screenplay by Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel, Edward Bunker, based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Stephen Marsh.  Costume Design by Katherine Dover.  Film Editing by Henry Richardson.  Academy Awards 1985.  Cannes Film Festival 1985.  Golden…

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Enemy Of The State

BBB (out of 5) Tony Scott once again overdoes it with the flashy editing and melodramatic camera work in this rather hollow thriller, making his best effort to disguise a simple plot and shallow characters with high style and doing a very poor job of it. What there is to enjoy is actually not too…

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Midnight Cowboy (1969)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1969.  Jerome Hellman Productions.  Screenplay by Waldo Salt, based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy.  Cinematography by Adam Holender. Produced by Jerome Hellman.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by John Robert Lloyd.   Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Hugh A. Robertson.  Academy Awards 1969.  Golden Globe Awards 1969.   Cowboy Jon Voight leaves a…

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A Decade Under The Influence (2003)

TED DEMME, RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2003.  Constant Communication, Written in Stone.  Cinematography by Tony C. Jannelli, Clyde W. Smith.  Produced by Ted Demme, Jerry Kupfer, Richard LaGravenese, Gini Reticker.  Music by John Kimbrough.  Film Editing by Meg Reticker. National Board of Review Awards 2003.  The clips alone are reason enough to watch this invigorating…

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