Richard Jewell (2019)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 2019.  75 Year Plan Productions, Appian Way, Misher Films, The Malpaso Company, Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Billy Ray, based on the article American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell by Marie Brenner and the book The Suspect by Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen.  Cinematography by Yves…

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The Boss (2016)

BEN FALCONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Gary Sanchez Productions, On the Day, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Ben Falcone, Steve Mallory, Melissa McCarthy.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay.  Music by Christopher Lennertz.  Production Design by Rusty Smith.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by Craig Alpert. Melissa McCarthy grew up in a series of foster homes…

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Tammy (2014)

BEN FALCONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2014.  Gary Sanchez Productions, New Line Cinema, On The Day Productions.  Screenplay by Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone.  Cinematography by Russ T. Alsobrook.  Produced by Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Adam McKay.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Jefferson Sage.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by Michael L. Sale. Melissa McCarthy plays a mouthy,…

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Rat Race (2001)

JERRY ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Canada/USA, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, Alphaville Films, Fireworks Pictures, Zucker Productions.  Screenplay by Andy Breckman.  Cinematography by Thomas E. Ackerman.  Produced by Sean Daniel, Janet Zucker, Jerry Zucker.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Lewis.   A host of stars (including three Academy Award winners) wasted their time to…

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A Civil Action (1998)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Jonathan Harr.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Rachel Pfeffer, Robert Redford, Scott Rudin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.  Academy Awards 1998.  Golden Globe…

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Charlotte’s Web (2006)

GARY WINICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2006.  Paramount Pictures, Walden Media, Kerner Entertainment Company, Nickelodeon Movies, Film Victoria, KMP Film Invest, Sandman Studios.  Story by Earl Hamner Jr., Screenplay by Susannah Grant, Karey Kirkpatrick, based on the book by E.B. White.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Jordan Kerner.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Rita…

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Valentine’s Day (2010)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2010.  New Line Cinema, Rice Films, Karz Entertainment. Story by Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Screenplay by Katherine Fugate.  Cinematography by Charles Minsky.  Produced by Mike Karz, Wayne Allan Rice.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.   Garry Marshall…

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White Palace (1990)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Universal Pictures, Mirage Enterprises, Double Play.  Screenplay by Ted Tally, Alvin Sargent, based on the novel by Glenn Savan. Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Griffin Dunne, Amy Robinson, Mark Rosenberg.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Lisa Jensen, Durinda Wood.  Film Editing by Carol Littleton.  Golden Globe…

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The Golden Compass (2007)

CHRIS WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2007.  New Line Cinema, Ingenious Film Partners, Scholastic Productions, Depth of Field.  Screenplay by Chris Weitz, based on the novel Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.  Cinematography by Henry Braham.  Produced by Bill Carraro, Deborah Forte.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Anne V….

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Used People (1992)

BEEBAN KIDRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 1992.  JVC Entertainment Networks, Largo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Todd Graff, based on his plays The Grandma Plays.  Produced by Peggy Rajski.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by John Tintori.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.   Delightful romantic comedy by Beeban Kidron, about love among the…

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About Schmidt (2002)

ALEXANDER PAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2002.  New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Louis Begley.  Cinematography by James Glennon.  Produced by Michael Besman, Harry Gittes.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by Kevin Tent.  Academy Awards 2002.  American Film Institute Awards 2002….

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Bee Movie

BBB (out of 5) Animated films anthropomorphizing insects or inanimate objects have become as formulaic and predictable as romantic comedies, and this one is no exception.  Jerry Seinfeld, who also co-wrote and co-produced, plays the member of a bumblebee hive who just wants to get out and see the world. He sneaks into a group…

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