Prisoners (2013)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2013.  Alcon Entertainment, 8:38 Productions, Madhouse Entertainment.  Screenplay by Aaron Guzikowski.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Kira Davis, Broderick Johnson, Adam Kolbrenner, Andrew A. Kosove.  Music by Johann Johannsson.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Joel Cox, Gary…

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Permanent Midnight (1998)

DAVID VELOZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  JD Productions.  Screenplay by David Veloz, based on the book by Jerry Stahl.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Jane Hamsher, Don Murphy.  Music by Daniel Licht.  Production Design by Jerry Fleming.  Costume Design by Lori Eskowitz-Carter, Louise Mingenbach.  Film Editing by Cara Silverman, Steven Weisberg.   Forgettable recount of the turbulent battle with heroin addiction…

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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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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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Thank You For Smoking (2005)

JASON REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2005.  Room 9 Entertainment, TYFS Productions LLC, ContentFilm, Major Studio Partners.  Screenplay by Jason Reitman, based on the novel by Christopher Buckley.  Cinematography by Jim Whitaker.  Produced by David O. Sacks.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Steve Saklad.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Dana E. Glauberman.   Aaron Eckhart plays a lobbyist for Big…

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Duets (2000)

BRUCE PALTROW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Hollywood Pictures, Seven Arts Pictures, Beacon Communications, Karaoke Productions.  Screenplay by John Byrum.  Cinematography by Paul Sarossy.  Produced by John Byrum, Kevin Jones, Bruce Paltrow.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Sharon Seymour.  Costume Design by Mary Claire Hannan.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.   Looking for a good musical? Bypass this one quickly,…

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Coyote Ugly (2000)

DAVID McNALLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Gina Wendkos.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman.  Music by Trevor Horn.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg.   A good soundtrack and excellent hair design will never hide the fact that this film is less scholarly than…

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The Cooler (2003)

WAYNE KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  ContentFilm, Pierce/Williams Entertainment, Furst Films, Gryphon Films, Dog Pond Productions, Visionbox Pictures, Zero Gravity Management.  Screenplay by Frank Hannah, Wayne Kramer.  Cinematography by Jim Whitaker.  Produced by Sean Furst, Michael A. Pierce.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Toby Corbett.  Costume Design by Kristin M. Burke.  Film Editing by Arthur Coburn.   Bust out the…

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Secret Window (2004)

DAVID KOEPP Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2004.  Grand Slam Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Mel’s Cite du Cinema, Pariah Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the novel by Stephen King.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Gavin Polone.  Music by Philip Glass, Geoff Zanelli.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Odette Gadoury.  Film Editing by Jill Savitt.  …

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A History Of Violence (2005)

DAVID CRONENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 USA/Germany, 2005.  New Line Cinema, BenderSpink, Media I! Filmproduktion München & Company, New Line Productions.  Screenplay by Josh Olson, based on the graphic novel by John Wagner, Vince Locke.  Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Chris Bender, J.C. Spink.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Denise Cronenberg.  Film Editing by Ronald Sanders.  …

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The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (2008)

ROB COHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  Germany/USA, 2008.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, The Sommers Company, Alphaville Films, Beijing Happy Pictures, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Giant Studios, Internationale Filmproduktion Blackbird Dritte, Mel’s Cite du Cinema, Nowita Pictures, Sean Daniel Company, Shanghai Film Group.  Screenplay by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, based on the 1932 screenplay by John L….

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