The Devil is Driving (1932)

BENJAMIN STOLOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1932. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Louis Weitzenkorn, adaptation by P.J. Wolfson, Allen Rivkin, from an original story by Frank Mitchell Dazey. Cinematography by Henry Sharp. Produced by Charles R. Rogers. Exciting crime drama that begins when Edmund Lowe pays a visit to his mechanic brother-in-law James…

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Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

JOSEPH KOSINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2022. Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Story by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christopher McQuarrie, based on characters created by Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.. Cinematography by Claudio Miranda. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, David…

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Torch Singer (1933)

ALEXANDER HALL, GEORGE SOMNES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1933. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, Lynn Starling, based on the story Mike by Grace Perkins. Cinematography by Karl Struss. Produced by Albert Lewis. Music by Ralph Rainger. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Eda Warren. Claudette Colbert is excellent…

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Ladies’ Man (1931)

LOTHAR MENDES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, based on the novel by Rupert Hughes. Cinematography by Victor Milner. Music by Karl Hajos, Herman Hand, John Leipold. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Sophistication is the word of the day in this pre-code melodrama, in which William…

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Murders In The Zoo (1933)

A. EDWARD SUTHERLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1933. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Philip Wylie, Seton I. Miller. Cinematography by Ernest Haller. Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon. Music by Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold. The opening scene has one of the most shocking images of any movie made in the early thirties, the…

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An American Tragedy (1931)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser. Cinematography by Lee Garmes. Produced by Josef von Sternberg. Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger. Production Design by Hans Dreier. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Adapted from the same novel by…

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The Virtuous Sin (1930)

GEORGE CUKOR, LOUIS J. GASNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1930. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Martin Brown, scenario by Louise Long, based on the play by Lajos Zilahy. Cinematography by David Abel. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Otho Lovering. The plot of this melodramatic soap opera is not one that…

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Kiss And Make-Up (1934)

HARLAN THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1934. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Harlan Thompson, George Marion Jr., adaptation by Jane Hinton, from a story by István Békeffy. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy. Produced by B.P. Schulberg. Music by Ralph Rainger. Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Once a…

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Murder At the Vanities (1934)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1934. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Carey Wilson, Joseph Gollomb, dialogue by Sam Hellman, based on the play by Earl Carroll, Rufus King. Cinematography by Leo Tover. Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon. Music by Howard Jackson, William E. Lynch, Milan Roder. Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst…

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Harlem Nights (1989)

EDDIE MURPHY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1989. Eddie Murphy Productions, Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Eddie Murphy. Cinematography by Woody Omens. Produced by Mark Lipsky, Robert D. Wachs. Music by Herbie Hancock. Production Design by Lawrence G. Paull. Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins. Film Editing by Alan Balsam, George Bowers. Eddie Murphy…

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The Lost City (2022)

AARON NEE, ADAM NEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 2022. Paramount Pictures, 3dot productions Exhibit A, Fortis Films. Story by Seth Gordon, Screenplay by Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee, Aaron Nee. Cinematography by Jonathan Sela. Produced by Sandra Bullock, Liza Chasin, Seth Gordon. Music by Pinar Toprak. Production Design by Jim Bissell….

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Peter Ibbetson (1935)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1935. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Vincent Lawrence, Waldemar Young, adaptation by Constance Collier, additional scenes by John Meehan, Edwin Justis Mayer, based on the novel by George L. Du Maurier and the play by John Nathaniel Raphael. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Louis D. Lighton….

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