The United States Vs Billie Holiday (2021)

LEE DANIELS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 2021. Lee Daniels Entertainment, New Slate Ventures, Roth/Kirschenbaum Films. Screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks, based on the book Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari. Cinematography by Andrew Dunn. Produced by Lee Daniels, Jordan Fudge, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Joe Roth, Tucker Tooley, Pamela Oas Williams. Music by Kris Bowers….

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Uncut Gems (2019)

BENNY SAFDIE, JOSH SAFDIE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.    USA, 2019.  Elara Pictures, IAC Films, Scott Rudin Productions, Sikelia Productions.  Screenplay by Ronald Bronstein, Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Sebastian Bear-McClard, Oscar Boyson, Eli Bush, Scott Rudin.  Music by Daniel Lopatin.  Production Design by Sam Lisenco.  Costume Design…

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Ad Astra (2019)

JAMES GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  China/USA, 2019.  New Regency Pictures, Bona Film Group, Keep Your Head, MadRiver Pictures, Plan B Entertainment, RT Features, Regency Enterprises, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by James Gray, Ethan Gross.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Dede Gardner, James Gray, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Yariv…

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Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)

MICHAEL SHOWALTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   Red Crown Productions, Haven Entertainment, Frame Switch.  USA, 2015.  Screenplay by Laura Terruso, Michael Showalter, based on the short film Doris & The Intern by Laura Terruso.  Cinematography by Brian Burgoyne.  Produced by Daniel Crown, Kevin Mann, Riva Marker, Jordana Mollick, Daniela Taplin Lundberg.  Music by Brian H. Kim.  Production Design by Melanie…

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Scary Movie 2 (2001)

KEENEN IVORY WAYANS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Canada, 2001.  Dimension Films, Wayans Bros. Entertainment, Gold/Miller Productions, Brad Grey Pictures.  Screenplay by Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Alyson Fouse, Greg Grabianski, Dave Polsky, Michael Anthony Snowden, Craig Wayans, based on characters created by Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer.  Cinematography by Steven Bernstein.  Produced by…

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American Pie (1999)

CHRIS WEITZ, PAUL WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Universal Pictures, Zide-Perry Productions, Newmarket Capital Group, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Adam Herz.  Cinematography by Richard Crudo.  Produced by Chris Moore, Craig Perry, Chris Weitz, Warren Zide.  Music by David Lawrence.  Production Design by Paul Peters.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly. Four teenagers make a pact that…

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Robots (2005)

CARLOS SALDANHA, CHRIS WEDGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Twentieth Century Fox Animation, Blue Sky Studios.  Story by Ron Mita, Jim McClain, David Lindsay-Abaire, Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel.  Produced by Jerry Davis, John C. Donkin, William Joyce, Lorne Orleans.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by William Joyce.  Film Editing by John Carnochan. In a…

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American Pie 2 (2001)

JAMES B. ROGERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2001.  LivePlanet, Universal Pictures, Zide-Perry Productions.  Story by David H. Steinberg, Adam Herz, Screenplay by Adam Herz, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Mark Irwin.  Produced by Chris Moore, Craig Perry, Warren Zide.  Music by David Lawrence.  Production Design by Richard Toyon.  Costume Design by Alexander Welker.  Film Editing by Larry Madaras, Stuart H. Pappé.  …

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Detroit Rock City (1999)

ADAM RIFKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  New Line Cinema, Takoma Entertainment Group, Base 12 Productions, KISS Nation, Corrupter Production Service Ltd..  Screenplay by Carl V. Dupre.  Cinematography by John R. Leonetti.  Produced by Kathleen Haase, Barry Levine, Gene Simmons.  Music by J. Peter Robinson.  Production Design by Steve Hardie.  Costume Design by Rosanna Norton.  Film Editing by Mark Goldblatt, Peter…

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Kate And Leopold (2001)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Konrad Pictures, Miramax.  Story by Steven Rogers, Screenplay by James Mangold, Steven Rogers.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Cathy Konrad.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by David Brenner.  Academy Awards 2001.  Golden Globe Awards 2001. You have to be quite the humbug…

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Dennis The Menace

BBB (out of 5) The rambunctious little tyke of the famous comic strip makes his way to the big screen in this very funny comedy. Mason Gamble is perfectly cast as the title character, a seemingly sweet little kid who does absolutely everything possible to annoy the hell out of his crotchety old neighbour Mr. Wilson…

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But I’m A Cheerleader

BB (out of 5) The promise of great comedy that is seen in the first half of this film fizzles out when you get to the extremely lame ending. However, its premise, that of an All-American cheerleader who gets sent to a homo-rehabilitation camp because her parents are worried about the Melissa Etheridge posters on…

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