Downhill (2020)

NAT FAXON, JIM RASH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 2020. Filmhaus Films, Likely Story, Searchlight Pictures. Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, based on the motion picture Force Majeure by Ruben Ostlund. Cinematography by Danny Cohen. Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Wolfgang Ramml. Music by Volker Bertelmann. Production…

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Battle Of the Sexes (2017)

JONATHAN DAYTON, VALERIE FARIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.  Dorian Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The House Of Yes (1997)

MARK WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1997.  Bandeira Entertainment, Spelling Films.  Screenplay by Mark Waters, based on the play by Wendy MacLeod.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Beau Flynn,Stefan Simchowitz.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Patrick Sherman.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.   Strange black comedy that can never decide if it wants…

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The Substance Of Fire (1996)

DANIEL J. SULLIVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Jon Robin Baitz, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Jon Robin Baitz, Randy Finch, Ron Kastner.  Music by Joseph Vitarelli.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Terri Purcell.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.  National Board of Review Awards 1996.Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Sterling drama…

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He Said, She Said (1991)

KEN KWAPIS, MARISA SILVER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Brian Hohlfeld.  Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.  Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr..  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Deena Appel.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.   What’s the difference between how men and women view relationships? The answer is purported to be here in this…

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The Accused (1988)

JONATHAN KAPLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Canada, 1988.  Paramount Pictures, Jaffe-Lansing, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Tom Topor.  Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Richard Wilcox.  Costume Design by Trish Keating.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown, Gerald B. Greenberg.  Academy Awards 1988.  Golden Globe Awards 1988.  National Board of Review Awards 1988.   New…

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Timecop (1994)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Canada/USA/Japan, 1994.  Largo Entertainment, JVC Entertainment Networks, Signature Pictures, Renaissance Pictures, Dark Horse Entertainment, Largo International N.V..  Story by Mike Richardson, Mark Verheiden, Screenplay by Mark Verheiden, based on the comic series by Mike Richardson, Mark Verheiden.  Cinematography by Peter Hyams.  Produced by Moshe Diamant, Sam Raimi.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by…

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Life Or Something Like It (2002)

STEPHEN HEREK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2002.  Regency Enterprises, Davis Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Atchity Entertainment International, Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l..  Story by John Scott Shepherd, Screenplay by John Scott Shepherd, Dana Stevens.  Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.  Produced by John Davis, Toby Jaffe, Arnon Milchan, Chi-Li Wong.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by…

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Hitchcock

BB.5 (out of 5) A prolific decade of films that saw him rise to the very top of his profession seems a punishment to Alfred Hitchcock by 1959. With North By Northwest raking in big box office dollars and the unfortunate disaster of Vertigo well behind him, finding his next project turns out to be…

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Saved!

BBBB (out of 5) An upright, morally righteous Christian girl (Jena Malone) lives a good life in her religious middle-American world: she goes to a Christian school, has a good Born Again boyfriend and spends lots of time with her best friend (Mandy Moore), with whom she has a Christian band and devotes her life…

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Spanking The Monkey (1994)

DAVID O. RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1994.   Buckeye Films, Swelter Films.   Screenplay by David O. Russell.   Cinematography by Michael Mayers.   Produced by Dean Silvers.   Music by David Carbonara.   Production Design by Susan Block.   Costume Design by Carolyn Greco.   Film Editing by Pamela Martin.   Independent Spirit Awards 1994.  New York Film Critics 1994.   Jeremy…

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The Fighter (2010)

DAVID O. RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 2010.  Closest To The Hole Productions, Fighter, Mandeville Films, The Park Entertainment, Relativity Media, The Weinstein Company.  Story by Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington, Screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Dorothy Aufiero, David Hoberman, Ryan Kavanaugh, Todd Lieberman, Paul Tamasy,…

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