Skyscraper (2018)

RAWSON MARSHALL THURBER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2018.  Legendary Entertainment, Flynn Picture Company, Seven Bucks Productions.  Screenplay by Rawson Marshall Thurber.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Beau Flynn, Hiram Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, Rawson Marshall Thurber.  Music by Steve Jablonsky.  Production Design by Jim Bissell.  Costume Design by Ann Foley, Luca Mosca.  Film Editing by Julian Clarke, Michael L. Sale. A…

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Paddington 2 (2017)

PAUL KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/France/USA, 2017.  StudioCanal, Anton Capital Entertainment, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Canal+, Cine+, Heyday Films, Marmalade Films Ltd..  Screenplay by Paul King, Simon Farnaby, based on Paddington Bear created by Michael Bond.  Cinematography by Erik Wilson.  Produced by David Heyman.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Gary Williamson. Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film…

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Free Fire (2016)

BEN WHEATLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/France, 2016.  Film4, Protagonist Pictures, Rook Films.  Screenplay by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley.  Cinematography by Laurie Rose.  Produced by Andrew Starke.  Music by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury.  Production Design by Paki Smith.  Costume Design by Emma Fryer.  Film Editing by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016. A group of low creatures enter an…

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Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

DOUG LIMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Alternate title:  Live Die Repeat USA/Australia, 2014.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment, Viz Media, Province of British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit, Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by…

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom/Japan/Germany, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, Mutual Film Company, British Broadcasting Corporation, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Marubeni, Eidos Interactive, KFP Produktions GmbH & Co. KG, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa.  Story by Sara B. Cooper, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary, Screenplay by Patrick Massett, John Zinman, Adaptation by Simon West.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by…

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The New World (2005)

TERRENCE MALICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2005.  New Line Cinema, Sunflower Productions, Sarah Green Film, First Foot Films, The Virginia Company LLC.  Screenplay by Terrence Malick.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Sarah Green.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Jack Fisk.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by Richard Chew, Hank Corwin, Saar Klein, Mark Yoshikawa.  Academy…

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The Proposition (2005)

BBB.5 (out of 5) After the rape and murder of a pregnant woman in an 1880s Australian outback town, two of the three brothers accused of the crime are captured by the police captain (Ray Winstone) assigned to the case, while the third (Danny Huston) escapes into the desert. Winstone tells Guy Pearce, the elder…

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Shine

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting film biography of concert pianist David Helfgott, who suffered under enormous personal pressures (mostly from an overbearing father) and had a complete nervous breakdown while still a young, burgeoning artist. Played by three extremely gifted actors, the film is probably at its most interesting during the section where Noah Taylor…

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Flirting (1991)

JOHN DUIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5. Australia, 1991.  Kennedy Miller Productions.  Screenplay by John Duigan.  Cinematography by Geoff Burton.  Produced by Terry Hayes, George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by James D’Arcy, Christine Woodruff.  Production Design by Roger Ford.  Costume Design by Roger Ford.  Film Editing by Robert Gibson.   John Duigan’s sequel to The Year My Voice Broke is superior to its original….

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The Year My Voice Broke (1987)

JOHN DUIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia, 1987.  Kennedy Miller Productions.  Screenplay by John Duigan.  Cinematography by Geoff Burton.  Produced by Terry Hayes, George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by Christine Woodruff.  Production Design by Roger Ford.  Costume Design by Lyn Askew, Roger Ford, Fiona Nicolls.  Film Editing by Neil Thumpston.   This is the first of two films about the coming of age…

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life (2003)

JAN de BONT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany/Japan/United Kingdom, 2003.  Paramount Pictures, Mutual Film Company, British Broadcasting Corporation, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Eidos Interactive, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa, October Pictures.  Story by Steven D. de Souza, James V. Hart, Screenplay by Dean Georgaris.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Kirk M….

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Vanilla Sky

CAMERON CROWE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, Cruise/Wagner Productions, Vinyl Films, Sogecine, Summit Entertainment, Artisan Entertainment.  Screenplay by Cameron Crowe, based on the film Abre Los Ojos by Alejandro Amenabar, Mateo Gil.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner.  Music by Nancy Wilson.  Production Design by Catherine Hardwicke.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing…

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