The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

FRANCIS LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2015.  Color Force, Lionsgate, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by Peter Craig, Danny Strong, adaptation by Suzanne Collins, based on her novel.  Cinematography by Jo Willems.  Produced by Nina Jacobsen, Jon Kilik.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Alan Edward Bell, Mark Yoshikawa….

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

FRANCIS LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2014.  Color Force, Lionsgate.  Screenplay by Peter Craig, Danny Strong, adaptation by Suzanne Collins, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.  Cinematography by Jo Willems.  Produced by Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Alan Edward Bell, Mark…

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Gayby (2012)

JONATHAN LISECKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2012.  Hubbhobb.  Screenplay by Jonathan Lisecki.  Cinematography by Clay Liford.  Produced by Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell.  Music by Giancarlo Vulcano.  Production Design by Cat Navarro.  Costume Design by David Tabbert.  Film Editing by Ann Husaini.   Dorian Awards 2012.   Independent Spirit Awards 2012.  Podcast:  Bay Gay Movies.   A low-budget, independent, gay-themed comedy whose characters are appealing and…

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It Runs In The Family (2003)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2003.  Buena Vista International, Family Films, Furthur Films, GreenStreet Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jesse Wigutow.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Michael Douglas.  Music by Paul Grabowsky.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Kate Williams.   Once again returning to the classy New York film genre that he handled so…

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The Perez Family (1995)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1995.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Robin Swicord, based on the novel by Christine Bell.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Michael Nozik.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Eduardo Castro.  Film Editing by Robert Estrin, Greg Finton. A Cuban family is trying to…

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Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love (1996)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  United Kingdom/India/USA/Germany/Japan, 1996.  NDF International, Pony Canyon, Pandora Filmproduktion, Channel Four Films, Mirabai Films.  Screenplay by Helena Kriel, Mira Nair, based on the story Hand Me Downs by Wajida Tabassuh.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mira Nair.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Eduardo Castro.  Film…

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Midnight’s Children (2012)

DEEPA MEHTA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Canada/United Kingdom, 2012.  David Hamilton Productions, Hamilton Mehta Productions, Number 9 Films.  Screenplay by Salman Rushdie, Deepa Mehta, based on the book by Salman Rushdie.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens. Produced by David Hamilton.  Music by Nitin Sawhney.  Production Design by Errol Kelly, Dilip Mehta.   Costume Design by Dolly Ahluwalia, Ritu Kumar.  Film…

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Gloria (1999)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Eagle Point Production, Mandalay Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steve Antin, based on the screenplay by John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Gary Foster, Lee Rich.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Dona Granata.  Film Editing by Tom Swartwout.   Sharon Stone‘s gutsy performance is the…

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A Perfect Murder (1998)

ANDREW DAVIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Warner Bros., Kopelson Entertainment. Screenplay by Patrick Smith Kelly, based on the play Dial M For Murder by Frederick Knott.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Christopher Mankiewicz, Peter Macgregor-Scott.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Dov…

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Admission (2013)

PAUL WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2013.  Focus Features, Depth of Field.  Screenplay by Karen Croner, based on the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Andrew Miano, Paul Weitz.  Music by Stephen Trask.  Production Design by Sarah Knowles.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard.  Film Editing by Joan Sobel. A Princeton admissions officer (Tina Fey)…

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The House Of The Spirits (1993)

BILLE AUGUST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Portugal/Germany/ Denmark/USA, 1993.  Costa do Castelo Filmes, Det Danske Filminstitut, Eurimages, House of Spirits Film, Neue Constantin Film, Spring Creek Productions.  Screenplay by Bille August, based on the novel by Isabel Allende.  Cinematography by Jorgen Persson.  Produced by Bernd Eichinger.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Anna Asp.  Costume Design by Barbara Baum.  Film Editing…

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