Pleasantville (1998)

GARY ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1998.   New Line Cinema, Larger Than Life Productions.   Screenplay by Gary Ross.   Cinematography by John Lindley.   Produced by Bob Degus, Jon Kilik, Gary Ross, Steven Soderbergh.   Music by Randy Newman.   Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.   Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.   Film Editing by William Goldenberg.    Tobey…

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The Opposite Of Sex (1998)

DON ROOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Rysher Entertainment.  Screenplay by Don Roos.  Cinematography by Hubert Taczanowski.  Produced by Michael Besman, David Paul Kirkpatrick.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Michael Paul Clausen. Costume Design by Peter Mitchell.  Film Editing by David Codron.   Don Roos’ excellent directorial debut, a healthy mix of searing comedy, strong drama and even some…

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A Simple Plan (1998)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/France/USA/Japan, 1998. British Broadcasting Corporation, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures, Savoy Pictures, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho Company, Towa Video, Union Générale Cinématographique.  Screenplay by Scott B. Smith, based on the novel. Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by James Jacks, Adam Schroeder.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Patrizia von…

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American History X (1998)

TONY KAYE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  New Line Cinema, Savoy Pictures, The Turman-Morrissey Company.  Screenplay by David McKenna.  Cinematography by Tony Kaye.  Produced by John Morrissey.  Music by Anne Dudley.  Production Design by Jon Gary Steele, Phill Zagajewski.  Costume Design by Doug Hall.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg, Alan Heim.   Powerful film tackles racism in America without flinching for…

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Your Friends And Neighbours (1998)

NEIL LaBUTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films, Fleece.  Screenplay by Neil LaBute.  Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber.  Produced by Steve Golin, Jason Patric.  Music by Frankie Pine.  Production Design by Charles William Breen.  Costume Design by April Napier.  Film Editing by Joel Plotch.   Aggravating bore about a grab-bag of characters who spend two hours whining endlessly about their…

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1998.  DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Mutual Film Company.  Screenplay by Robert Rodat.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.   The first half hour of Steven Spielberg’s…

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Hilary And Jackie (1998)

ANAND TUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1998.  Arts Council of England, British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Intermedia Films, The Oxford Film Company.  Screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce, based on the book A Genius In The Family by Hilary du Pre, Piers du Pre.  Cinematography by David Johnson.  Produced by Nicolas Kent, Andy Paterson.  Music by…

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Wild Man Blues (1997)

BARBARA KOPPLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Jean Doumanian Productions, Cabin Creek Films, Sweetland Films.  Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Film Editing by Lawrence Silk. Enjoyable but not very informative documentary that follows Woody Allen and his famous jazz band on their world tour. Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple makes sure to keep a safe distance…

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Primary Colors (1998)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom/Germany/USA/Japan, 1998.   Award Entertainment, British Broadcasting Corporation, Icarus Productions, Marubeni, Mutual Film Company, Tele Munchen Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa, UGC PH, Universal Pictures.   Screenplay by Elaine May, based on the novel by Joe Klein.   Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.   Produced by Mike Nichols.   Music by Ry Cooder.   Production Design…

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The Prince Of Egypt (1998)

BRENDA CHAPMAN, STEVE HICKNER, SIMON WELLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  DreamWorks Animation, DreamWorks.  Screenplay by Philip LaZebnik, additional screenplay material by Nicholas Meyer.  Produced by Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Darek Gogol.  Costume Design by Kelly Kimball.  Film Editing by Nick Fletcher.   The story of Moses in the Old Testament’s book of…

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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.   Poetic, haunting…

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Out Of Sight (1998)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1998.  Universal Pictures, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   Ultra-cool tale of an ex-con bank robber…

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