The Best of Enemies (2019)

ROBIN BISSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2019.  Astute Films, Material Pictures.  Screenplay by Robin Bissell, based on the book by Osha Gray Davidson.  Cinematography by David Lanzenberg.  Produced by Matt Berenson, Fred Bernstein, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Danny Strong, Dominique Telson.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design…

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The Shape Of Water (2017)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Canada/USA, 2017.  Bull Productions, Double Dare You, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Story by Guillermo del Toro, Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor.  Cinematography by Dan Laustsen.  Produced by J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.   Production Design by Paul D. Austerberry.  Costume Design by Luis Sequeira.  Film Editing by Sidney Wolinsky.  Academy…

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Love Field (1992)

JONATHAN KAPLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Orion Pictures, Sanford/Pillsbury Productions, Via Rosa Productions.  Screenplay by Don Roos.  Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.  Produced by Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Mark S. Freeborn.  Costume Design by Peter Mitchell.  Film Editing by Jane Kurson.  Academy Awards 1992.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.    New York Film Critics Awards 1992.   Sweet, heartfelt road…

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The Prince Of Tides (1991)

BARBRA STREISAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Barwood Films, Longfellow Pictures.  Screenplay by Pat Conroy, Becky Johnston, based on the novel by Pat Conroy.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Barbra Streisand.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Don Zimmerman.  Academy Awards 1991.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1991….

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Tigerland (2000)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2000.  Haft Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, KirchMedia, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Ross Klavan, Michael McGruther.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Beau Flynn, Steven Haft, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Andrew Laws.  Costume Design by Thomas Stokes.  Film Editing by Mark Stevens.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2000.   Independent Spirit Awards 2000.  Toronto…

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One Hour Photo (2002)

MARK ROMANEK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Catch 23 Entertainment, Killer Films, Laughlin Park Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Romanek.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.  Produced by Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Stan Wlodkowski.  Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek.  Production Design by Tom Foden.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford.   The slick photography and…

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Head Of State (2003)

CHRIS ROCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2003.  DreamWorks, 3 Arts Entertainment.  Screenplay by Chris Rock, Ali LeRoi.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Ali LeRoi, Chris Rock, Michael Rotenberg.  Music by DJ Quik, Marcus Miller.  Production Design by Steven J. Jordan.  Costume Design by Amanda Sanders.  Film Editing by Stephen A. Rotter.   After a presidential candidate dies in a plane…

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The Assassination Of Richard Nixon

NIELS MUELLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Mexico, 2004.  Anhelo Productions, Appian Way, Esperanto Filmoj.  Screenplay by Kevin Kennedy, Niels Mueller.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Alfonso Cuaron, Jorge Vergara.  Music by Steven M. Stern. Production Design by Lester Cohen.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Jay Cassidy.  National Board of Review Awards 2004.  Toronto International Film Festival 2004.   It’s…

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The Real McCoy

RUSSELL MULCAHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1993.  Bregman/Baer Productions, Capella International, Connexion Film Productions.  Screenplay by William Davies, William Osborne, based on elements of the novel Bellman and True by Desmond Lowden.  Cinematography by Denis Crossan.  Produced by Martin Bregman, Michael Bregman, Willi Bar.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Kim Colefax.  Costume Design by Donna O’Neal.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.  …

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Moneyball (2011)

BENNETT MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca Productions, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Specialty Films.  Story by Stan Chervin, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, based on the book Moneyball: The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game by Michael Lewis.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz,…

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House Of Cards

BBB.5 (out of 5) When Kathleen Turner loses her husband in a fatal accident, she discovers that her daughter’s witnessing the event has caused her to stop communicating with the outside world. Having turned inwards, the little girl is beyond all reach unless her frantic mother can find something to do in order to help her. Tommy…

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Days Of Thunder

BB (out of 5) The formula is mighty tired in this completely unoriginal race-car film starring Tom Cruise.  Presumably intended as a project for Cruise to incorporate his love of car racing into his work, the story is basically a rehash of Top Gun: cocky young man is so good at what he does he’s…

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