Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

BRYAN SINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  GK Films, New Regency Pictures, Queen Films Ltd., Regency Enterprises, Tribeca Productions.  Story by Anthony McCarten, Peter Morgan, Screenplay by Anthony McCarten.   Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Jim Beach, Robert De Niro, Graham King.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Aaron Haye.  Costume Design by Julian Day.  Film…

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Raising Helen (2004)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2004.  Touchstone Pictures, Beacon Pictures, Mandeville Films, High Arc Productions.  Story by Patrick J. Clifton, Beth Rigazio, Screenplay by Jack Amiel, Michael Begler.  Cinematography by Charles Minsky.  Produced by Ashok Amritraj, David Hoberman.  Music by John Debney, Mark Vogel.  Production Design by Steven J. Jordan.  Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by Bruce Green, Tara…

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Simon Birch

BBBB (out of 5) Sweet adolescent tearjerker about a young boy (Joseph Mazzello) growing up with a warm hearted single mother (a perfectly cast Ashley Judd) and an iron-willed grandmother (Dana Ivey).  He befriends an unusually small boy (Ian Michael Smith) and experiences all sorts of crazy adventures with him. Loosely inspired by John Irving’s…

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The Cure

BBB (out of 5) Uncomfortable cross between cute family movie and powerful grown-up drama is at times quite touching.  Brad Renfro plays a lonely adolescent who is subject to the prejudices of his small town’s residents because he lives next door to a young boy (Joseph Mazzello) suffering from AIDS. The two become friends, and eventually…

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Jurassic Park (1993)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1993.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Michael Crichton, David Koepp, based on the novel by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Gerald R. Molen.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Eric H. Sandberg, Sue Moore.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1993. Sam Neill and…

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 1997.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Digital Image Associates.  Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the novel by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Gerald R. Molen, Colin Wilson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Sue Moore.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1997. Inferior sequel to 1993’s blockbuster hit Jurassic…

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The River Wild (1994)

CURTIS HANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Turman-Foster Company, David Foster Productions.  Screenplay by Denis O’Neill.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by David Foster, Lawrence Turman.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by Bill Kenney.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Joe Hutshing.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.  Meryl Streep takes her husband (David Strathairn) and son…

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Presumed Innocent (1990)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros., Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Frank Pierson, Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by Scott Turow.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Sydney Pollack, Mark Rosenberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by John Boxer.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman.   Harrison Ford plays a well-respected…

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The Social Network (2010)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2010.  Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street Productions.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book The Accidental Millionaire by Ben Mezrich.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Cean Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin.  Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.  Production Design by…

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Shadowlands (1993)

RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1993.  Price Entertainment, Spelling Films International, Shadowlands Productions.  Screenplay by William Nicholson, based on his play.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Richard Attenborough, Brian Eastman.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Penny Rose.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.  National Board of Review Awards 1993.  New York Film Critics Awards…

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