Georgia Rule (2007)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2007.  Morgan Creek Entertainment, Trust Me.  Screenplay by Mark Andrus.   Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.   Produced by David Robinson, James G. Robinson.   Music by John Debney.   Production Design by Albert Brenner.   Costume Design by Gary Jones.   Film Editing by Bruce Green, Tara Timpone. Rebellious and irreverent,…

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The Lone Ranger (2013)

GORE VERBINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2013.  Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Blind Wink Productions, Infinitum Nihil.  Screen story by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Justin Haythe, Screenplay by Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor,…

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Innerspace (1987)

JOE DANTE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Warner Bros., The Guber-Peters Company, Amblin Entertainment.  Story by Chip Proser, Screenplay by Jeffrey Boam, Chip Proser.  Cinematography by Andrew Laszlo.  Produced by Michael Finnell.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by James H. Spencer.  Costume Design by Rosanna Norton.  Film Editing by Kent Beyda. …

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Rat Race (2001)

JERRY ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Canada/USA, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, Alphaville Films, Fireworks Pictures, Zucker Productions.  Screenplay by Andy Breckman.  Cinematography by Thomas E. Ackerman.  Produced by Sean Daniel, Janet Zucker, Jerry Zucker.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Lewis.   A host of stars (including three Academy Award winners) wasted their time to…

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Terminal Velocity (1994)

DERAN SARAFIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Canada, 1994.  Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Nomura Babcock & Brown, Libra Pictures.  Screenplay by David Twohy.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Tom Engelman, Scott Kroopf.  Music by Joel McNeely.  Production Design by David L. Snyder.  Costume Design by Poppy Cannon-Reese.  Film Editing by Peck Prior, Frank J. Urioste.   The rare pleasure of seeing Nastassja…

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Nebraska (2013)

ALEXANDER PAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Paramount Vantage, FilmNation Entertainment, Blue Lake Media Fund, Echo Lake Entertainment, Bona Fide Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Bob Nelson.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Mark Orton.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by Kevin Tent.  Academy Awards 2013.  American Film…

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Valentine’s Day (2010)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2010.  New Line Cinema, Rice Films, Karz Entertainment. Story by Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Screenplay by Katherine Fugate.  Cinematography by Charles Minsky.  Produced by Mike Karz, Wayne Allan Rice.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.   Garry Marshall…

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

BBBB (out of 5) Towards the end of his life, singer Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) is about to go on stage and perform his last big song but finds he needs to take a moment. Cox, we find out from his long time collaborator, can’t go on without thinking about his entire life first….

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Happy, Texas

BBB.5 (out of 5) Two escaped convicts (Jeremy Northam, Steve Zahn) steal a gay couple’s RV and get stuck in the small town where the couple were expected to perform duties as beauty pageant coordinators. The cons pretend to be the couple in order to collect the giant sum of money that they’re being paid…

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Angels & Demons

B.5 (out of 5) The success of the first film adaptation of a Dan Brown novel meant a sequel couldn’t be too far behind, and here it is, quickly produced and thoroughly inferior in quality.  Tom Hanks is brought back as a symbologist (whatever that is) who is asked to step in when five cardinals are…

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Frost/Nixon (2008)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/France, 2008.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Working Title Films, StudioCanal, Relativity Media, Digital Image Associates.  Screenplay by Peter Morgan, based on his play.  Cinematography by Salvatore Totino.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi.  Film Editing by Daniel…

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Cinderella Man

BBB (out of 5) Ron Howard trims the sappy fat off his usual style of ‘inspirational’ filmmaking for an entertaining and heart-warming biography of boxer James Braddock. A popular fighter in the twenties who lost everything with the stock market crash of 1929, Braddock barely subsists in abject poverty with his wife (Renee Zellweger) and…

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