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.   The presence of at least one happy scene would have…

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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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Home Fries (1998)

DEAN PARISOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1998.  Baltimore Pictures, Home Fries Productions Inc., Kasdan Pictures, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Vince Gilligan.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Mark Johnson, Lawrence Kasdan, Barry Levinson, Charles Newirth.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Jill M. Ohanneson.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.   A messy comedy about…

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Brave (2012)

BRENDA CHAPMAN, MARK ANDREWS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2012.  Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios.  Story by Brenda Chapman, Screenplay by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi, additional screenplay material by Michael Arndt.  Produced by Katherine Sarafian.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Steve Pilcher.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.   The King of a…

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Faithful (1996)

PAUL MAZURSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Miramax, New Line Cinema, Price Entertainment, Savoy Pictures, Tribeca Productions.  Screenplay by Chazz Palminteri, based on his play.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal.  Music by Phillip Johnston.  Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend.  Costume Design by Hope Hanafin.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.   Cher returns to the screen…

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The Crew (2000)

MICHAEL DINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2000.  George Litto Productions, Sonnenfeld Josephson Worldwide Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Barry Fanaro.  Cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchia.  Produced by Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld.  Music by Steve Bartek.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.   Diverting geriatric comedy about aging gangsters that was…

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  American Zoetrope, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Osiris Films.  Screenplay by James V. Hart, based on the novel by Bram Stoker.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs, Charles Mulvehill.  Music by Wojciech Kilar.  Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders.  Costume Design by Eiko Ishioka.  Film Editing by Anne Goursaud,…

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Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

PAUL BOGART Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1988.  New Line Cinema, Howard Gottfried/Ronald K. Fierstein Production.  Screenplay by Harvey Fierstein, based on his play.  Cinematography by Mikael Salomon.  Produced by Howard Gottfried.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.   Harvey Fierstein‘s celebrated play has been adapted into a film whose story is…

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Fly Away Home (1996)

CARROLL BALLARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Columbia Pictures, Sandollar Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rodat, Vince McKewin, based on the autobiography by Bill Lishman.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Carol Baum, John Veitch.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Seamus Flannery.  Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.   All young people should see this beautiful tale…

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