The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

FRANCIS LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2015.  Color Force, Lionsgate, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by Peter Craig, Danny Strong, adaptation by Suzanne Collins, based on her novel.  Cinematography by Jo Willems.  Produced by Nina Jacobsen, Jon Kilik.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Alan Edward Bell, Mark Yoshikawa….

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

FRANCIS LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2014.  Color Force, Lionsgate.  Screenplay by Peter Craig, Danny Strong, adaptation by Suzanne Collins, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.  Cinematography by Jo Willems.  Produced by Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Alan Edward Bell, Mark…

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A Most Wanted Man (2014)

ANTON CORBIJN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/Germany, 2014.  Lionsgate, Film4, Demarest Films, FilmNation Entertainment, Senator Film Produktion, Potboiler Productions, The Ink Factory, Amusement Park Films.  Screenplay by Andrew Bovell, based on the novel by John Le Carre.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Andrea Calderwood, Simon Cornwell, Stephen Cornwell, Gail Egan, Malte Grunert.  Music by Herbert Grönemeyer.  Production Design by Sebastian…

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Doubt (2008)

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2008.  Goodspeed Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on his play.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Mark Roybal, Scott Rudin.  Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 2008.  Golden Globe Awards 2008.  National Board of…

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Patch Adams (1998)

TOM SHADYAC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Universal Pictures, Blue Wolf Productions, Farrell/Minoff, Bungalow 78 Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Oedekerk, based on the book Gesundheit: Good Health Is A Laughing Matter by Patch Adams, Maureen Mylander.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Mike Farrell, Barry Kemp, Marvin Minoff, Charles Newirth.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Linda DeScenna.  Costume Design by Judy…

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

FRANCIS LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2013.  Color Force, Lionsgate.  Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.  Cinematography by Jo Willems.  Produced by Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik.  Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Trish Summerville.  Film Editing by Alan Edward Bell.  Golden Globe Awards 2013. The girl who survived…

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Red Dragon (2002)

BRETT RATNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Universal Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Mikona Productions GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel by Thomas Harris.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Mark…

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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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Capote (2005)

BENNETT MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada/USA, 2005.  United Artists, Sony Pictures Classics, A-Line Pictures, Cooper’s Town Productions, Infinity Media, Eagle Vision.  Screenplay by Dan Futterman, based on the book by Gerald Clarke.  Cinematography by Adam Kimmel.  Produced by Caroline Baron, Michael Ohoven, William Vince.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by…

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When A Man Loves A Woman (1994)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1994.  Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, Al Franken.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Jon Avnet, Jordan Kerner.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Linda M. Bass.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Alcoholism is given the shallow Ross Hunter treatment in this silly soap opera.  Meg Ryan is happily…

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State And Main (2000)

DAVID MAMET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  France/USA, 2000.  Filmtown Entertainment, Green/Renzi, El Dorado Pictures.  Screenplay by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Sarah Green.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Gemma Jackson.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Barbara Tulliver.  National Board of Review Awards 2000. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2000. Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   Ridiculously smug comedy from…

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Owning Mahowny

BBBB (out of 5) Fascinating drama that charts the true story of a Toronto bank executive (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who cooked his client’s books for two years in order to feed his own massive gambling addiction. Considered a colourless, unnoticeable suit at home, Hoffman flies down regularly to Atlantic City and is treated like a…

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