The Lost Boys (1987)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1987.  Warner Bros..  Story by Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, Screenplay by Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, Jeffrey Boam.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Harvey Bernhard.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Susan Becker.  Film Editing by Robert Brown. Hilariously bad horror movie, though not without some camp appeal for the…

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Evolution (2001)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, DreamWorks, The Montecito Picture Company.  Story by Don Jakoby, Screenplay by David Diamond, David Weissman, Don Jakoby. Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Daniel Goldberg, Joe Medjuck, Ivan Reitman.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Wendy Greene…

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Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Caravan Pictures, Northern Lights Entertainment, Roger Birnbaum Productions, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Browning.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Wallis Nicita, Ivan Reitman.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont, Sheldon Kahn.   Harrison Ford is once again the reluctant…

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Kindergarten Cop (1990)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Imagine Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Story by Murray Salem, Screenplay by Murray Salem, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Ivan Reitman.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont, Sheldon Kahn.   Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a successful transition to full-fledged comedy…

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Ghostbusters II (1989)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1989.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, based on characters created by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Ivan Reitman.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Donn Cambern, Sheldon Kahn.   Tepid sequel finds the gang of Ghostbusters…

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Suspect Zero (2004)

E. ELIAS MERHIGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, Intermedia Films, Lakeshore Entertainment, Cruise/Wagner Productions.  Story by Zak Penn, Screenplay by Zak Penn, Billy Ray.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Gaye Hirsch, E. Elias Merhige, Paula Wagner.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Mary Claire Hannan, Lizz Wolf.  Film Editing by John Gilroy, Robert K. Lambert.  …

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Primal Fear

GREGORY HOBLIT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB (out of 5) Excellent courtroom thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. When a prominent Chicago priest is murdered, a young Kentucky boy (Edward Norton) from the church’s orphanage is caught running away from the crime scene. Knowing this to be a high profile…

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The Front (1976)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Devon/Persky-Bright, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Martin Ritt Productions, Persky-Bright Productions, Rollins-Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Walter Bernstein.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Martin Ritt.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Charles Bailey.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.  Academy Awards 1976. This was…

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Visions Of Light

BBBB (out of 5) Movies about movies are always entertaining, and this beautiful film about the art of cinematography is no exception. The filmmakers have interviewed a group of cinematographers from recent decades as they talk about the films that have influenced their work and the experiences that they went through on the projects they…

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This remake of the 1956 classic is a superb revisiting of a wonderfully creepy story. San Francisco Health department officials Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams see their dull jobs shutting down restaurants kick into high gear when the strange behavior of the city’s residents turns out to be the result of an alien…

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Scrooged (1988)

RICHARD DONNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1988.  Paramount Pictures, Mirage Productions.  Screenplay by Mitch Glazer, Michael O’Donoghue, based on the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Richard Donner, Art Linson.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkemp.  Academy Awards 1988.  …

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The Story Of Us

BB.5 (out of 5) Brave performances by Michelle Pfeiffer and Bruce Willis highlight what is otherwise a pretty run-of-the-mill marriage drama, about a couple trying to survive what is a very bitter divorce. The chemistry between the two leads is also enough to make up for the fact that all their separate scenes involving their…

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