Downhill (2020)

NAT FAXON, JIM RASH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 2020. Filmhaus Films, Likely Story, Searchlight Pictures. Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, based on the motion picture Force Majeure by Ruben Ostlund. Cinematography by Danny Cohen. Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Wolfgang Ramml. Music by Volker Bertelmann. Production…

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The Last Days Of Chez Nous (1992)

GILLIAN ARMSTRONG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Australia, 1992.  Jan Chapman Productions, The Australian Film Commission, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Film Finance Corporation.  Screenplay by Helen Garner.   Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Jan Chapman.  Music by Paul Grabowsky.   Production Design by Janet Patterson.  Costume Design by Janet Patterson.   Film Editing by Nicholas Beauman….

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The Homesman (2014)

TOMMY LEE JONES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  France/USA, 2014.  EuropaCorp, Ithaca, The Javelina Film Company.  Screenplay by Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley A. Oliver, based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout. Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Luc Besson, Peter Brant, Brian Kennedy.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Merideth Boswell.  Costume Design by Lahly Poore.  Film Editing by Roberto Silvi.  Cannes…

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War Of The Worlds (2005)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2005.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Amblin Entertainment, Cruise/Wagner Productions.  Screenplay by Josh Friedman, David Koepp, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 2005.  Las Vegas Film Critics 2005….

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What Lies Beneath (2000)

ROBERT ZEMECKIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, ImageMovers.  Story by Sarah Kernochan, Clark Gregg, Screenplay by Clark Gregg.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Rick Carter, William James Teegarden.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt.   Rip-roaring good fun from Robert Zemeckis….

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The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/New Zealand/Germany, 2003.  New Line Cinema, WingNut Films, The Saul Zaentz Company.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Grant Major.  Costume Design by Ngila Dickson, Richard…

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The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/New Zealand/Germany, 2002.  New Line Cinema, WingNut Films, The Saul Zaentz Company.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Grant Major.  Costume Design by Ngila Dickson,…

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In The Winter Dark

BB (out of 5) Obscure Australian film has ten times more atmosphere than actual plot, and doesn’t even get by successfully on that. A paranoid rancher lets his most ignorant fears get the best of him, leading him to think that an unstoppable evil is coming to take his farm from him. His kindly neighbour…

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The Thin Red Line (1998)

TERRENCE MALICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Geisler-Roberdeau, Phoenix Pictures.  Screenplay by Terrence Malick, based on the novel by James Jones.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Robert Michael Geisler, Grant Hill, John Roberdeau.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Jack Fisk.  Costume Design by Margot Wilson.  Film Editing by Leslie Jones, Saar Klein, Billy Weber.  Academy Awards 1998.  National…

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