Greyhound (2020)

AARON SCHNEIDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA/Canada/China, 2020. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Stage 6 Films, Bron Creative, Zhengfu Pictures, Sycamore Pictures, FilmNation Entertainment, Playtone. Screenplay by Tom Hanks, based on the novel The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester. Cinematography by Shelly Johnson. Produced by Gary Goetzman. Music by Blake Neely. Production Design by David Crank….

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The Edge (1997)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Art Linson Productions. Screenplay by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Wolf Kroeger.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Neil Travis.  Anthony Hopkins plays a shy billionaire who accompanies his hot young…

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Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Fred Waitzkin.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by William Horberg, Scott Rudin.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.   Young Josh Waitzin (Max Pomeranc) feels only passably amused by the activities and…

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The Ring (2002)

GORE VERBINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Japan, 2002.  DreamWorks, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, BenderSpink.  Screenplay by Ehren Kruger, based on the screenplay Ringu by Hiroshi Takahashi and the novel by Koji Suzuki.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Tom Duffield.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Craig Wood.  Flat, tepid thriller that…

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Tequila Sunrise (1988)

ROBERT TOWNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1988.  The Mount Company, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Towne.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Thom Mount.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Claire Simpson.   The age-old tale of two best friends who go separate ways is not in any way a new…

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1969 (1988)

ERNEST THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1988.  Atlantic Entertainment Group, Atlantic Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest Thompson.  Cinematography by Jules Brenner. Produced by Bill Badalato, Daniel Grodnik.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Marcia Hinds.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson.   Failed attempt to recapture the glory days when America was going through a cultural revolution. Kiefer…

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Frida (2002)

JULIE TAYMOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/Canada/Mexico, 2002.  Handprint Entertainment, Lions Gate Films, Miramax, Ventanarosa Productions.  Screenplay by Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas, based on the book Frida: A Biography Of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Lindsay Flickinger, Sarah Green, Nancy Hardin, Salma Hayek, Jay Polstein, Roberto Sneider, Lizz Speed.  Music…

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Auto Focus (2002)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Focus Puller Inc., Good Machine, Propaganda Films.  Screenplay by Michael Gerbosi, based on the book The Murder Of Bob Crane by Robert Graysmith.  Cinematography by Jeffrey Greeley, Fred Murphy.  Produced by Scott Alexander, Alicia Allain, Patrick Dollard, Larry Karaszewski, Brian Oliver, Todd Rosken.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume…

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Get Low (2009)

AARON SCHNEIDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany/Poland, 2009.  K5 International, Zanuck Independent. David Gundlach Productions, LARA Enterprises, TVN, Butcher’s Run Films.  Story by Chris Provenzano, Scott Seeke, Screenplay by Chris Provenzano, C. Gaby Mitchell.  Cinematography by David Boyd.  Produced by David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Aaron Schneider.  …

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The Gift (2000)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2000.  Lakeshore Entertainment, Alphaville Films.  Screenplay by Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson.  Cinematography by Jamie Anderson.  Produced by James Jacks, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Arthur Coburn, Bob Murawski.  Cate Blanchett is excellent as a medium in a small town…

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A Simple Plan (1998)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/France/USA/Japan, 1998. British Broadcasting Corporation, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures, Savoy Pictures, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho Company, Towa Video, Union Générale Cinématographique.  Screenplay by Scott B. Smith, based on the novel. Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by James Jacks, Adam Schroeder.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Patrizia von…

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House Of Cards (1993)

MICHAEL LESSAC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1993.  A&M Films, Penta Pictures.  Story by Michael Lessac, Robert Jay Litz, Screenplay by Michael Lessac.  Cinematography by Victor Hammer.  Produced by Wolfgang Glattes, Lianne Halfon, Dale Pollock.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Walter Murch.   When Kathleen Turner loses her husband in a fatal…

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