The Island (1980)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.    USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Productions.  Screenplay by Peter Benchley, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Ennio Morricone.   Production Design by Dale Hennesy.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Richard A. Harris. Being…

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The Candidate (1972)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1972.  Redford-Ritchie Productions, Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by Jeremy Larner.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Walter Coblenz.  Music by John Rubinstein.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Robert Estrin, Richard A. Harris.   Terrific political satire that takes place during a shift in the political machine being…

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Wildcats (1986)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1986.  Hawn / Sylbert Movie Company, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ezra Sacks.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin. Produced by Anthea Sylbert.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Eddie Marks.  Film Editing by Richard A. Harris. Goldie Hawn‘s bubbly personality is perfectly suited to this tolerable comedy, though the…

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The Bad News Bears (1976)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Bill Lancaster.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Polly Platt.  Costume Design by Tom Dawson, Nancy Martinelli.  Film Editing by Richard A. Harris. The hilarious family comedy that provided the blueprint for many that would follow (including its…

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L.A. Story (1991)

MICK JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1991.  Carolco Pictures, IndieProd Company Productions, L.A. Films.  Screenplay by Steve Martin.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Daniel Melnick, Michael Rachmil.  Music by Peter Rodgers Melnick.  Production Design by Lawrence Miller.  Costume Design by Rudy Dillon.  Film Editing by Richard A. Harris.   Steve Martin‘s rumination on the Big Nipple is a collection of smarmy,…

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The Bodyguard (1992)

MICK JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1992.  Kasdan Pictures, Tig Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Kevin Costner, Lawrence Kasdan, Jim Wilson.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Susan Nininger.  Film Editing by Donn Cambern, Richard A. Harris.   Whitney Houston made her feature starring debut in this middling…

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The Last Action Hero (1993)

JOHN McTIERNAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1993.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Oak Productions.  Story by Zak Penn, Adam Leff, Screenplay by Shane Black, David Arnott.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by John McTiernan, Stephen J. Roth.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Richard A. Harris, John Wright.   Movie industry analysts…

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Titanic (1997)

JAMES CAMERON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Lightstorm Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Cameron.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by James Cameron, Jon Landau.  Music by James Horner. Production Design by Peter Lamont.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV, James Cameron, Richard A. Harris.    James Cameron’s expansive version of…

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True Lies (1994)

JAMES CAMERON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Twentieth Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Cameron, based on the screenplay La Totale! by Claude Zidi, Simon Michael, Didier Kaminka.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by Stephanie Austin, James Cameron.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Peter Lamont.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV, Mark…

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

JAMES CAMERON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA/France, 1991.  Carolco Pictures, Pacific Western, Lightstorm Entertainment, Canal+.  Screenplay by James Cameron, William Wisher Jr..  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by James Cameron.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Joseph C. Nemec III.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV, Dody Dorn, Mark Goldblatt, Richard A. Harris.   A brilliant…

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