13 Going On 30 (2004)

GARY WINICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB USA, 2004.  Revolution Studios, Thirteen Productions.  Screenplay by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Susan Arnold, Gina Matthews, Donna Roth.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Susan Littenberg.   It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool…

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All The King’s Men (2006)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Germany/USA, 2006.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Relativity Media, Phoenix Pictures, VIP 3 Medienfonds, VIP 4 Medienfonds, Rising Star.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Robert Penn Warren.  Cinematography by Pawel Edelman.  Produced by Ken Lemberger, Mike Medavoy, Steven Zaillian.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein. Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film…

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The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

ROBIN SWICORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2007.  Mockingbird Pictures, John Calley Productions.  Screenplay by Robin Swicord, based on the book by Karen Joy Fowler.  Cinematography by John Toon.  Produced by John Calley, Julie Lynn, Diana Napper.  Music by Aaron Zigman.  Production Design by Rusty Smith.  Costume Design by Johnetta Boone.  Film Editing by Maryann Brandon.   Six-time wife Kathy Baker attends the funeral of her…

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Jennifer Eight (1992)

BRUCE ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1992.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce Robinson.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Gary Lucchesi, David Wimbury.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Judy L. Raskin.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV.   As blind-girls-in-peril movies go, Blink is far superior to this mundane thriller. Andy Garcia plays a cop recently…

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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

JOHN LEE HANCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Australia, 2013.  Walt Disney Pictures, Ruby Films, Easy Tiger Productions, Essential Media & Entertainment, BBC Films, Hopscotch Features.  Screenplay by Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Ian Collie, Alison Owen, Philip Steuer.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi.  Film Editing by…

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To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday (1996)

MICHAEL PRESSMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Rastar Pictures, Triumph Films.  Screenplay by David E. Kelley, based on the play by Michael Brady.  Cinematography by Tim Suhrstedt. Produced by David E. Kelley, Marykay Powell.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Linda Pearl.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by William S. Scharf.   Touching film about a lonely…

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Take Shelter (2011)

JEFF NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011. Hydraulx, REI Capital, Grove Hill Productions, Strange Matter Films. Screenplay by Jeff Nichols. Cinematography by Adam Stone. Produced by Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin. Music by David Wingo. Production Design by Chad Keith. Costume Design by Karen Malecki. Film Editing by Parke Gregg.  Michael Shannon is electrifying as a steadily employed Ohio…

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Last Chance Harvey (2008)

JOEL HOPKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2008.  Overture Films, Process Media.  Screenplay by Joel Hopkins.  Cinematography by John de Borman.  Produced by Tim Perell, Nicola Usborne.  Music by Dickon Hinchliffe.  Production Design by Jon Henson.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Robin Sales.   Dustin Hoffman is barely holding onto his commercial jingle-writing career as he gets off a plane in…

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The Cider House Rules (1999)

LASSE HALLSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1999.  FilmColony, Miramax, Nina Saxon Film Design.  Screenplay by John Irving, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Richard N. Gladstein.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin.   Overrated but touching drama based on the best-selling novel by…

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Cold Mountain (2003)

ANTHONY MINGHELLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2003.   Miramax, Mirage Enterprises,  Bona Fide Productions, Castel Film Romania, Cattleya.   Screenplay by Anthony Minghella, based on the book by Charles Frazier.  Cinematography by John Seale.   Produced by Albert Berger, William Horberg, Sydney Pollack, Ron Yerxa.   Music by Gabriel Yared.   Production Design by Dante Ferretti.   Costume Design by Carlo…

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The Right Stuff (1983)

PHILIP KAUFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1983.  The Ladd Company.  Screenplay by Philip Kaufman, based on the book by Tom Wolfe.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by James W. Tyson.  Film Editing by Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Tom Rolf, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Stewart.  …

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Nine Lives (2005)

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Mockingbird Pictures, Z Films, Nine Lives.  Screenplay by Rodrigo Garcia.  Cinematography by Xavier Grobet.  Produced by Julie Lynn.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by Courtney Jackson.  Costume Design by Maria Tortu.  Film Editing by Andrea Folprecht.  Rodrigo Garcia follows Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her with another multifaceted look at…

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