Georgia Rule (2007)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2007.  Morgan Creek Entertainment, Trust Me.  Screenplay by Mark Andrus.   Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.   Produced by David Robinson, James G. Robinson.   Music by John Debney.   Production Design by Albert Brenner.   Costume Design by Gary Jones.   Film Editing by Bruce Green, Tara Timpone. Rebellious and irreverent,…

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Smash His Camera (2010)

LEON GAST Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Got The Shot Productions.  Cinematography by Don Lenzer.  Produced by Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger.  Music by Craig Hazen, David Wolfert.  Film Editing by Doug Abel. The current era of tabloid photography owes a lot to the career of Ron Galella, a photog for whom no potted plant was too…

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Mean Girls (2004)

MARK WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Canada, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, M.G. Films, Broadway Video.  Screenplay by Tina Fey, based on the book Queen Bees And Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman.  Cinematography by Daryn Okada.  Produced by Lorne Michaels.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Mary Jane Fort.  Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont.   A fresh-faced sixteen year-old girl (Lindsay…

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Freaky Friday (2003)

MARK WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Casual Friday Productions, Gunn Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Heather Hach, Leslie Dixon, based on the novel by Mary Rodgers.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Andrew Gunn.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.  Golden Globe Awards 2003.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2003. …

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The Canyons (2013)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2013.  Prettybird, Post Empire Films, Sodium Fox, Filmworks/FX, Canyons.  Screenplay by Bret Easton Ellis.  Cinematography by John DeFazio.  Produced by Braxton Pope.  Music by Brendan Canning.  Production Design by Stephanie J. Gordon.  Costume Design by Keely Crum.  Film Editing by Tim Silano. Dorian Awards 2013.   A complete waste of time, both for…

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Bobby

EMILIO ESTEVEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   It’s June 6, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the entire building abuzz with anticipation as guests await the arrival of America’s possible next president, Robert Kennedy. Throughout the day, this highly engrossing ensemble piece follows the lives of various characters, including two retired employees (Anthony…

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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2006.  Picturehouse, GreeneStreet Films, River Road Entertainment, Sandcastle 5 Productions, Prairie Home Productions.  Story by Garrison Keillor, Ken LaZebnik, Screenplay by Garrison Keillor, based on the radio program by Garrison Keillor.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Robert Altman, Wren Arthur, Joshua Astrachan, Tony Judge, David Levy.  Production Design by Dina…

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Love, Marilyn

BBBBB (out of 5) She became a superstar in 1952 and a decade later was no more. The short life of Marilyn Monroe has had one of the greatest impacts on popular culture of any superstar in Hollywood, fifty years deceased and still a far more famous cinematic icon than some of the biggest stars to…

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Scary MoVie (2013)

MALCOLM D. LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   Alternate title:  Scary Movie 5 USA, 2013.  Dimension Films, DZE, Brad Grey Pictures.  Screenplay by David Zucker, Pat Proft.  Cinematography by Steven Douglas Smith.  Produced by Phil Dornfeld, David Zucker.  Music by James L. Venable.  Production Design by Clark Hunter.  Costume Design by Keith G. Lewis.  Film Editing by Sam Seig. At this point it seems…

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