The Client (1994)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films.  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, Robert Getchell, based on the novel by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.  Academy Awards 1994. The best John Grisham novel…

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Red Dragon (2002)

BRETT RATNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Universal Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Mikona Productions GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel by Thomas Harris.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Mark…

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The Five Senses (1999)

JEREMY PODESWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Canada, 1999.  Alliance Atlantis Communications, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Canadian Television, Five Senses Productions, The Harold Greenberg Fund, The Movie Network, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Jeremy Podeswa.  Cinematography by Gregory Middleton.  Produced by Camelia Frieberg, Jeremy Podeswa.  Music by Alexina Louie, Alex Pauk.  Production Design by Taavo Soodor.  Costume Design by…

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Solitary Man (2009)

BRIAN KOPPELMAN, DAVID LEVIEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2009.   Millennium Films, Paul Schiff Productions, Smartest Man Productions.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman.  Cinematography by Alwin H. Kuchler.   Produced by Donna Golomb, Heidi Jo Markel, Paul Schiff, Steven Soderbergh.   Music by Michael Penn.   Production Design by Robert Pearson.   Costume Design by Jenny Gering.   Film Editing by Tricia…

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Boys On The Side (1995)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/France, 1995.  Alcor Films, Canal+, Hera Productions, New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Don Roos.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther, Herbert Ross.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Michael R. Miller. Emotionally manipulative but still enjoyable road movie…

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Goodbye, Lover

B.5 (out of 5) Lame comedy thriller that uses twists and turns in place of interesting characters and wise dialogue. Patricia Arquette plays a woman married to Dermot Mulroney but having an affair with Don Johnson, someone ends up dead, we’re not sure how it really happened, someone ends up really in love with someone else, and…

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R.I.P.D. (2013)

ROBERT SCHWENTKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2013.  Universal Pictures, Original Film, Dark Horse Entertainment.  Story by David Dobkin, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Screenplay by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, based on the Dark Horse comic by Peter M. Lenkov.  Cinematography by Alwin H. Kuchler.  Produced by Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz, Mike Richardson.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design…

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Grand Canyon (1991)

LAWRENCE KASDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1991.   Twentieth Century Fox.   Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, Meg Kasdan.   Cinematography by Owen Roizman.   Produced by Michael Grillo, Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun.   Music by James Newton Howard.   Production Design by Bo Welch.   Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.   Film Editing by Carol Littleton.   Academy Awards 1991. …

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The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The best way to perk up the sagging spirits of Americans embroiled in a flailing war and waning economy: take a look back at one of the most potent myths to ever make the USA’s tough and noble self-image what it is today.  What a relief to discover that the film…

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Howl (2010)

JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, ROB EPSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2010.  Werc Werk Works, Telling Pictures, RabbitBandini Productions, Radiant Cool.  Screenplay by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman. Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine K. Walker.   Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Jake Pushinsky.  National Board…

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Saved!

BBBB (out of 5) An upright, morally righteous Christian girl (Jena Malone) lives a good life in her religious middle-American world: she goes to a Christian school, has a good Born Again boyfriend and spends lots of time with her best friend (Mandy Moore), with whom she has a Christian band and devotes her life…

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Reckless

BBB (out of 5) Positively weird comedy about a woman (Mia Farrow) who thinks she’s happily married until she finds out that her husband (Tony Goldwyn) has taken out a contract on her life. Escaping from her house the night that the dreaded event is supposed to happen, she goes on a kooky adventure that…

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