The Chase (1966)

ARTHUR PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1966. Horizon Pictures. Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on the novel and play by Horton Foote. Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle. Produced by Sam Spiegel. Music by John Barry. Production Design by Richard Day. Costume Design by Donfeld. Film Editing by Gene Milford. A small, tightknit town…

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The Detective (1968)

GORDON DOUGLAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1968.  Arcola Pictures, Arcola-Millfield Productions.  Screenplay by Abby Mann, based on the novel by Roderick Thorp.   Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.   Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.   Production Design by William J. Creber, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Donald Brooks, Moss Mabry.   Film…

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Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

WALTER HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1993.  Columbia Pictures.  Story by John Milius, Screenplay by John Milius, Larry Gross.  Cinematography by Lloyd Ahern II.  Produced by Neil Canton, Walter Hill.  Music by Ry Cooder.  Production Design by Joe Alves.  Costume Design by Dan Moore.  Film Editing by Donn Aron, Carmel Davies, Freeman…

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Widows (2018)

STEVE McQUEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Regency Enterprises, See-Saw Films, Film4, New Regency Pictures.  Screenplay by Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen, based on the miniseries by Lynda La Plante.  Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt.  Produced by Iain Canning, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Emile Sherman.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing…

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The Judge (2014)

DAVID DOBKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2014.  Warner Bros., Big Kid Pictures, Team Downey, Village Roadshow Pictures.  Story by David Dobkin, Nick Schenk, Screenplay by Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by David Dobkin, Susan Downey, David Gambino.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Mark…

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The Great Santini (1979)

LEWIS JOHN CARLINO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1979.  Bing Crosby Productions.  Screenplay by Lewis John Carlino, based on the novel by Pat Conroy.  Cinematography by Ralph Woolsey.  Produced by Charles A. Pratt.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Jack Poplin.  Film Editing by Houseley Stevenson Jr..  Academy Awards 1980.  Golden Globe Awards 1980.  National Board of Review Awards 1980.  New…

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Countdown (1967)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1967.  William Conrad Productions.  Screenplay by Loring Mandel, based on the novel The Pilgrim Project by Hank Searls.  Cinematography by William W. Spencer.  Produced by Jimmy Lydon.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Jack Poplin.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.   Exploitation of the space race about a manned trip to the moon two…

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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the autobiography of Rocky Graziano with Rowland Barber.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Charles Schnee.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Scintillating biography of Rocky Graziano, a prizefighter who grow up in the rough neighbourhoods of New York…

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A Civil Action (1998)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Jonathan Harr.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Rachel Pfeffer, Robert Redford, Scott Rudin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.  Academy Awards 1998.  Golden Globe…

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Phenomenon (1996)

JON TURTELTAUB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1996.  Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Barbara Boyle, Michael Taylor.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Bruce Green. John Travolta plays a sweet simpleton living in a rural farming community who goes idiot savant when magical powers begin…

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The 6th Day (2000)

ROGER SPOTTISWOODE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Phoenix Pictures.  Screenplay by Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley.  Cinematography by Pierre Mignot.  Produced by Jon Davison, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by James D. Bissell, John Willett.  Costume Design by Trish Keating.  Film Editing by Michel Arcand, Mark Conte, Dominique Fortin. Arnold Schwarzenegger looks tired and bored in this lame retread of all…

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Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000)

DOMINIC SENA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, based on the 1974 motion picture by H.B. Halicki.  Cinematography by Paul Cameron.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Jeff Mann.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Roger Barton, Chris Lebenzon, Tom Muldoon.   Even by the standards of…

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