One Night In Miami (2020)

REGINA KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2020. ABKCO Films, Snoot Entertainment. Screenplay by Kemp Powers, based on his play. Cinematography by Tami Reiker. Produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Page Buckner, Barry Robison. Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Film Editing by Tariq…

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

BARRY JENKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin.  Cinematography by James Laxton.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski. Music by Nicholas Britell.   Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Caroline Eselin.  Film Editing by…

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Year Of The Dog (2007)

MIKE WHITE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2007.  Black & White Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Rip Cord Productions.  Screenplay by Mike White.  Cinematography by Tim Orr.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Ben LeClair, Mike White.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Daniel Bradford.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film Editing by Dody Dorn.  Independent Spirit Awards 2007.   Molly Shannon loses her beloved beagle to an accidental…

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Down To Earth (2001)

CHRIS WEITZ, PAUL WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Australia/Germany/Canada, 2001.  3 Arts Entertainment, Alphaville Films, CHS Productions, Made To Love Productions, Munich Film Partners & Company GHS Productions, NPV Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures.  Screenplay by Chris Rock, Lance Crouther, Ali LeRoi, Louis C.K., based on the screenplay Heaven Can Wait by Warren Beatty, Elaine…

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Mighty Joe Young (1998)

RON UNDERWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  RKO Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Rosenthal, Lawrence Konner, based on a story by Merian C. Cooper and a screenplay by Ruth Rose. Cinematography by Donald Peterman, Oliver Wood.  Produced by Ted Hartley, Tom Jacobson.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Molly Maginnis.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Academy…

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

KEVIN RODNEY SULLIVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Terry McMillan, Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Terry McMillan. Cinematography by Jeff Jur.  Produced by Deborah Schindler.  Music by Michel Colombier.  Production Design by Chester Kaczenski.  Costume Design by Karen M. Davis.  Film Editing by George Bowers.   Stella gets her groove back alright, but the film…

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Poetic Justice (1993)

JOHN SINGLETON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1993.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Deal Productions, Nickel.  Screenplay by John Singleton.  Cinematography by Peter Lyons Collister.  Produced by Steve Nicolaides, John Singleton.  Music by Stanley Clarke.  Production Design by Keith Brian Burns.  Costume Design by Darryle Johnson.  Film Editing by Bruce Cannon.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   John Singleton made history by becoming, at the…

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Boyz N The Hood (1991)

JOHN SINGLETON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1991.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by John Singleton.  Cinematography by Charles Mills.  Produced by Steve Nicolaides.  Music by Stanley Clarke.  Production Design by Bruce Bellamy.  Costume Design by Darryle Johnson, Sharlene Williams.  Film Editing by Bruce Cannon.  Academy Awards 1991. National Board of Review Awards 1991.   New York Film Critics Awards 1991.   Director John Singleton knocked the socks…

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A Cinderella Story (2004)

MARK ROSMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Canada, 2004.  Warner Bros., Gaylord Films, Clifford Werber Productions, Dylan Sellers Productions.  Screenplay by Leigh Dunlap. Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Ilyssa Goodman, Hunt Lowry, Dylan Sellers, Clifford Werber.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Charles William Breen.  Costume Design by Denise Wingate.  Film Editing by Cara Silverman.   As adorable as Hilary…

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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous

JOHN PASQUIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Australia, 2005.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Fortis Films.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence, based on characters created by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Sandra Bullock, Marc Lawrence.  Music by John Van Tongeren. Production Design by Maher Ahmad.  Costume Design by Deena Appel.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Three…

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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White And Blonde

CHARLES HERMAN-WURMFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5.   Like The Jewel Of The Nile, this is a dreadful sequel to a wonderful original, with Reese Witherspoon still a riot as perky, blonde Elle Woods but her surroundings much weaker. After having been fired from her law firm for trying to sue a company that uses animals (including her…

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Enemy Of The State

BBB (out of 5) Tony Scott once again overdoes it with the flashy editing and melodramatic camera work in this rather hollow thriller, making his best effort to disguise a simple plot and shallow characters with high style and doing a very poor job of it. What there is to enjoy is actually not too…

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