About Last Night (1986)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1986.  TriStar Pictures, Delphi V Productions.  Screenplay by Tim Kazurinsky, Denise DeClue, based on the play Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet.   Cinematography by Andrew Dintenfass.   Produced by Jason Brett, Stuart Oken.   Music by Miles Goodman.   Production Design by Ida Random.   Costume Design by Deborah…

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)

RICHARD LINKLATER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2019.  Annapurna Pictures, Color Force.  Screenplay by Richard Linklater, Holly Gant, Vincent Palmo Jr., based on the novel by Maria Semple.  Cinematography by Shane F. Kelly.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Ginger Sledge.  Music by Graham Reynolds.  Production Design by Bruce Curtis.  Costume…

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Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, LStar Capital, Sony Pictures Animation, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Digital, Sony Pictures Imageworks.  Screenplay by Robert Smigel, Adam Sandler, based on characters created by Todd Durham.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Production Design by Michael Kurinsky.  Film Editing by Catherine Apple.   In this hilarious…

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Ernest & Celestine (2012)

STEPHANE AUBIER, VINCENT PATAR, BENJAMIN RENNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Ernest Et Celestine France/Belgium/Luxembourg, 2012.  La Parti Productions, Les Armateurs, Maybe Movies, Mélusine Productions, StudioCanal.  Scenario and dialogue by Daniel Pennac, based on the albums by Gabrielle Vincent.  Produced by Eric Beckman, Didier Brunner, David Jesteadt, Henri Magalon, Stephan Roelants, Michael Sinterniklaas, Vincent Tavier.  Music by Vincent…

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

JAMES FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2017.  Good Universe, New Line Cinema, Point Grey Pictures, RabbitBandini Productions, Ramona Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment. Screenplay by Scott Neudstadter, Michael H. Weber, based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced…

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Anywhere But Here (1999)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the book by Mona Simpson.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   The presence…

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Monkeybone (2001)

HENRY SELICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2001.  Twentieth Century Fox, 1492 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Screenplay by Sam Hamm, based on the graphic novel Dark Town by Kaja Blackley.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe.  Music by Anne Dudley.  Production Design by Bill Boes.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Jon Poll, Nicholas C. Smith, Mark…

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Bee Movie (2007)

STEVE HICKNER, SIMON J. SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2007.  DreamWorks Animation, Columbus 81 Productions, Pacific Data Images.  Screenplay by Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, Andy Robin, additional screenplay material by Chuck Martin, Tom Papa.  Produced by Jerry Seinfeld, Christina Steinberg.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Alex McDowell.  Costume Design by Jane Poole.  Film Editing…

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The Kings Of Summer

B (out of 5) It’s rare to see a cast of such high quality and a script with such promise being undone by such inept direction, but an uncomfortable combination of tones makes a mystery of this terrible film.  Two boys fed up with being bossed around by their, in one case, emotionally distant father…

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Risky Business

BBBB (out of 5) Enter Star: you couldn’t hear enough about Tom Cruise after the success of this comedy made him the symbol of youthful rebellion for generations to come. The image of him dancing in underwear and sunglasses is still one of the most strongly recognized in Hollywood history. He plays a precocious teenager who…

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Disney’s Teacher’s Pet

BBB.5 (out of 5) Who wouldn’t be able to sympathize with a blue dog whose big dream is to become a real boy? Nathan Lane is a riot as the voice of the charming pet who disguises himself as a lad to attend school with his best friend and owner. When he learns that there’s a…

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G.B.F. (2013)

DARREN STEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2013.  School Pictures, Parting Shots Media, Logolite Entertainment, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Steakhaus Productions.  Screenplay by George Northy.  Cinematography by Jonathan Hall.  Produced by Richard Bever, Stephen Israel, George Northy, Darren Stein.  Music by Brian H. Kim.  Production Design by Michael Fitzgerald.  Costume Design by Kit ‘Pistol’ Scarbo.  Film Editing by Phillip J. Bartell.  Podcast:  Bad Gay…

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