Nomads (1985)

JOHN McTIERNAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1985. Cinema VII, Producers Sales Organization. Screenplay by John McTiernan. Cinematography by Stephen Ramsey. Produced by Cassian Elwes, Elliott Kastner, George Pappas. Music by Bill Conti. Production Design by Marcia Hinds. Costume Design by Rhaz Zeisler. Film Editing by Michael John Bateman. Lesley-Anne Down plays an…

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Mister Johnson (1990)

BRUCE BERESFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1990. Avenue Pictures.  Screenplay by William Boyd, based on the novel by Joyce Cary.  Cinematography by Peter James. Produced by Michael Fitzgerald.  Music by Georges Delerue. Production Design by Herbert Pinter. Costume Design by Rosemary Burrows.  Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon. Bruce Beresford returns audiences to…

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

DAVID DOBKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2020.  European Broadcasting Union, Gary Sanchez Productions, Gloria Sanchez Productions, Netflix, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Will Ferrell, Andrew Steele. Cinematography by Danny Cohen. Produced by Jessica Elbaum, Eitan Evan, Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy.  Music by Atli Orvarsson.  Production Design by Paul Inglis. Costume Design by Anna…

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The Only Living Boy In New York (2017)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 2017.  Amazon Studios, Bona Fide Productions, Big Indie Pictures.  Screenplay by Allan Loeb.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Michelle Matland, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Tim Streeto.  Callum Turner does his best with a wooden screenplay as a…

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

OL PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Legendary Entertainment, Universal.  Story by Richard Curtis, Ol Parker, Catherine Johnson, Screenplay by Ol Parker, based on a conception by Judy Craymer from the stage musical by Catherine Johnson.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Judy Craymer, Gary Goetzman.  Music by Benny Andersson, Anne Dudley, Bjorn Ulvaeus.  Production Design…

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I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2011.  The Weinstein Company.  Screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the novel by Allison Pearson.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Donna Gigliotti.  Music by Aaron Zigman.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Camilla Toniolo.   Sarah Jessica Parker is a successful trader at a financial investment firm…

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The Love Punch (2013)

JOEL HOPKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France, 2013.  Process Media, Love Punch, Radar Films, SND Films.  Screenplay by Joel Hopkins.  Cinematography by Jerome Almeras.  Produced by Jean-Charles Levy, Clement Miserez, Tim Perell, Nicola Usborne.  Music by Jean-Michel Bernard.  Production Design by Patrick Durand.  Costume Design by Patricia Colin.  Film Editing by Susan Littenberg.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013.   A delight from start to finish, this…

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The November Man (2014)

ROGER DONALDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2014.  Relativity Media, Irish DreamTime, SPD Films, Das Films, Solution Entertainment Group, PalmStar Media, Merced Media Partners, Boss Collaboration, Envision Entertainment, Knightsbridge Entertainment, No Spies.  Screenplay by Michael Finch, Karl Gajdusek, based on the book There Are No Spies by Bill Granger.  Cinematography by Romain Lacourbas.  Produced by Sriram Das, Beau St….

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Seraphim Falls (2006)

DAVID VON ANCKEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2006.  Icon Productions.  Screenplay by David Von Ancken, Abby Everett Jaques.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Bruce Davey, David Flynn.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Michael Z. Hanan.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.   Liam Neeson and his posse chase Pierce Brosnan relentlessly through the forests…

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Die Another Day (2002)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2002.  Eon Productions, Danjaq, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists.  Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, based on characters created by Ian Fleming.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Peter Lamont.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Andrew MacRitchie, Christian Wagner.  Golden Globe Awards 2002.  Phoenix…

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The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

BARBRA STREISAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  TriStar Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Barwood Films.  Screen Story and Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, based on the screenplay Le Miroir A Deux Faces, dialogue by Jean Meckert, Denis Perret, screenplay by Andre Cayatte, Gerard Oury.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Barbra Streisand.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Tom…

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Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

ROGER SPOTTISWOODE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1997.  Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists.  Screenplay by Bruce Feirstein, based on characters created by Ian Fleming.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Allan Cameron.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Michel Arcand, Dominique Fortin.  European Film Awards 1998.  Golden Globe Awards 1997. The…

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