Ready Player One (2018)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, De Line Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Farah Films & Management, Reliance Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Zak Penn, Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Ernest Cline.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Donald De Line, Dan Farah, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production…

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Alive (1993)

FRANK MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Canada, 1993.  Film Andes S.A., The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on the book by Piers Paul Read.  Cinematography by Peter James.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Robert Watts.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Norman Reynolds.  Costume Design by Jennifer L. Parsons.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Michael…

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The Post (2017)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks, Participant Media, Pascal Pictures, Star Thrower Entertainment, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Liz Hannah, Josh Singer.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sarah Broshar, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden…

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The BFG (2016)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 2016.  Walt Disney Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Walden Media, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, DreamWorks, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Melissa Mathison, based on the book by Roald Dahl.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Frank Marshall, Sam Mercer, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Joanna…

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events

BBBB (out of 5) The influence of Tim Burton’s work can be felt on every inch of this thoroughly enjoyable children’s horror film, so much so that you’ll wonder if Burton had anything to do with the production (he didn’t, but the production designer, costume designer and cinematographer of Sleepy Hollow are employed here which…

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Toy Soldiers

BBB (out of 5) This adventure film has all the fun, energy and credibility of a Hardy Boys novel, so if you’re the right demographic you’ll be sure to love it. A boys’ school is taken over by South American terrorists who hold the students hostage until the American government releases political prisoners from their…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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Poltergeist

BBBB (out of 5) Here’s something you’ve always been looking for: a family-friendly horror movie. An average suburban clan are delighted when they discover furniture starting to move by itself in their home; things progress, however, and the otherworldly disturbances become violent and eventually their youngest child (Heather O’Rourke) goes missing. Calling in paranormal experts,…

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Empire Of The Sun

BBBB (out of 5) Christian Bale stars as a British boy living in Shanghai who is separated from his parents and taken to a prisoner of war camp when the Japanese invade the city. All alone and with no one to lean on for support, the boy comes up with his own sense of survival and…

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The Color Purple

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Whoopi Goldberg makes a beautiful film acting debut as a mistreated woman in Georgia in the early teens and twenties, whose own sad story is surrounded by the misfortunes of close friends around her.  Steven Spielberg directs everyone to one extreme or another throughout–you’re either a big villain or the most noble…

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Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

BBBB (out of 5) Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) indulges a very willing audience in an old-fashioned adventure that is full of mystery, exoticism and full-throttle excitement. He is commissioned by a religious art collector to travel to Venice and discover a missing, ancient tablet that has information as to the whereabouts of the Holy Grail,…

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Always (1989)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1989.  Universal Pictures, United Artists, Amblin Entertainment, U-Drive Productions.  Screenplay by Jerry Belson, from the screenplay A Guy Named Joe by Dalton Trumbo, adapted by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, from the story by Chandler Sprague, David Boehm.  Cinematography by Mikael Salomon.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production…

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