A Time To Kill (1996)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, based on the novel by John Grisham. Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by John Grisham, Hunt Lowry, Arnon Milchan, Michael G. Nathanson.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Larry Fulton.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin.  Film Editing by William Steinkamp.  Golden Globe Awards 1996. One…

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Eve’s Bayou (1997)

KASI LEMMONS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Trimark Pictures, ChubbCo Film, Addis Wechsler Pictures.  Screenplay by Kasi Lemmons.  Cinematography by Amy Vincent.  Produced by Caldecot Chubb, Samuel L. Jackson.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Jeffrey Howard.  Costume Design by Karyn Wagner.  Film Editing by Terilyn A. Shropshire.  Independent Spirit Awards 1997.  National Board of Review Awards 1997.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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Changing Lanes (2002)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2002.  Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Story by Chap Taylor, Screenplay by Chap Taylor, Michael Tolkin.  Cinematography by Salvatore Totino.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen. Compelling Hollywood thriller with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson as random…

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The Negotiator (1998)

F. GARY GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Germany/USA, 1998.  Regency Enterprises, Mandeville Films, New Regency Pictures, Monarchy Enterprises B.V.,Taurus Film.  Screenplay by James DeMonaco, Kevin Fox.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by David Hoberman, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Holger Gross.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by Christian Wagner.  Tense as anything can be, this slick…

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Twisted (2004)

PHILIP KAUFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, Intertainment AG, Kopelson Entertainment, Blackout Productions Inc., Harlequin Pictures.  Screenplay by Sarah Thorp.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Barry Baeres, Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Florina Massbaum, Linne Radmin.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter Boyle.   It’s rather…

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Dangerous Game (1993)

ABEL FERRARA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1993.  Cecchi Gori Europa N.V., Eye Productions, Maverick Picture Company, Pentamerica.  Screenplay by Nicholas St. John.  Cinematography by Ken Kelsch.  Produced by Mary Kane.  Music by Joe Delia.  Production Design by Alex Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Anthony Redman. Unfortunate moment in Madonna‘s film career where a good performances goes unnoticed,…

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Bad Lieutenant (1992)

ABEL FERRARA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1992.  Bad Lt. Productions.  Screenplay by Abel Ferrara, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Zoë Lund.  Cinematography by Ken Kelsch.  Produced by Mary Kane.  Music by Edward R. Pressman.  Production Design by Charles M. Lagola.  Costume Design by David Sawaryn.  Film Editing by Anthony Redman.   Harvey Keitel is the perfect choice to play this dangerous role in…

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Girl 6 (1996)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1996.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by  Suzan-Lori Parks.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Alex Steyermark.  Production Design by Ina Mayhew.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.  Independent Spirit Awards 1996.   Theresa Randle  plays a struggling actress who takes a…

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Clockers (1995)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Richard Price, Spike Lee, based on the book by Richard Price.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D….

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Malcolm X (1992)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Japan, 1992.  Largo International N.V., JVC Entertainment Networks, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee, Ahmed Murad, Marvin Worth.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume…

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School Daze (1988)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1988.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Bill Lee.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee’s passionate touch is all over this enjoyable musical, even…

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Do The Right Thing (1989)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1989.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Bill Lee.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee’s best film is this explosive examination of racism in America, whittled…

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