Defiance (2008)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2008.  Paramount Vantage, Grosvenor Park Productions, The Bedford Falls Company, Defiance Productions.  Screenplay by Clayton Frohman, Edward Zwick, based on the book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans by Nechama Tec.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Pieter Jan Brugge, Edward Zwick.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Dan Weil.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film…

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Woman On Top (2000)

FINA TORRES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Vera Blasi.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Alan Poul.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Philippe Chiffre.  Costume Design by Elisabeth Tavernier.  Film Editing by Leslie Jones.   Whimsical romantic comedy that, even at its worst, is leagues ahead of director Fina Torres’ last faltering attempt at capturing the colourful…

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What Women Want (2000)

NANCY MEYERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2000.  Paramount Pictures, Icon Entertainment International, Wind Dancer Productions, Centropolis Entertainment.  Story by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, Diane Drake, Screenplay by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Susan Cartsonis, Bruce Davey, Gina Matthews, Nancy Meyers, Matt Williams.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film…

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Two Weeks Notice (2002)

MARC LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Australia, 2002.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Fortis Films.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs. Produced by Sandra Bullock.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Star power overcomes a weak and choppy screenplay in this middling…

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In Her Shoes (2005)

CURTIS HANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2005.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Deuce Three Productions, Major Studio Partners.  Screenplay by Susannah Grant, based on the novel by Jennifer Weiner.  Cinematography by Terry Stacey.  Produced by Lisa Ellzey, Carol Fenelon, Curtis Hanson, Ridley Scott.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Dan Davis.  Costume Design by Sophie De Rakoff.  Film Editing by…

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Abandon (2002)

STEPHEN GAGHAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  USA/Australia, 2002.  Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Lynda Obst Productions, Mel’s Cite du Cinema, Munich Film Partners New Century & Company (MFP) HAM Productions, The Bedford Falls Company.  Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Lynda Obst, Edward Zwick.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Gideon Ponte.  Costume Design…

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Practical Magic (1998)

GRIFFIN DUNNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Australia, 1998.  DiNovi Pictures, Fortis Films, Stargate Studios, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robin Swicord, Akiva Goldsman, Adam Brooks, based on the novel by Alice Hoffman.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Denise Di Novi.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Elizabeth…

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The Muse (1999)

ALBERT BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):     BB.  USA, 1999.  October Films.  Screenplay by Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson.  Cinematography by Thomas E. Ackerman.  Produced by Herb Nanas.  Music by Elton John.  Production Design by Dina Lipton.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Peter Teschner.   If I were to give Sharon Stone the entire star rating for this film it would…

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