The Sixth Sense (1999)

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Hollywood Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Barry Mendel Productions.  Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Barry Mendel.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Larry Fulton.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.  Surprisingly creepy thriller about a young boy…

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Tumbleweeds (1999)

GAVIN O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 USA, 1999.  Spanky Pictures, Solaris, River One Films.  Story by Angela Shelton, Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor, Angela Shelton.  Cinematography by Dan Stoloff.  Produced by Greg O’Connor.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Bryce Holtshousen.  Costume Design by Mimi Maxmen.  Film Editing by John Gilroy.   Opening the same weekend as Anywhere But Here, this superbly written…

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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany/USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Red Wagon Entertainment, Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Company Medien KG.  Screenplay by James Mangold, Lisa Loomer, Anna Hamilton Phelan, based on the book by Susanna Kaysen.  Cinematography by Jack N. Green.  Produced by Cathy Konrad, Douglas Wick.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Arianne…

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The End Of The Affair (1999)

NEIL JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Neil Jordan, based on the novel by Graham Greene.Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Neil Jordan, Stephen Woolley.   Music by Michael Nyman.   Production Design by Anthony Pratt.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Tony Lawson.   Ralph Fiennes has a devastating hatred for a married…

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The Cider House Rules (1999)

LASSE HALLSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1999.  FilmColony, Miramax, Nina Saxon Film Design.  Screenplay by John Irving, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Richard N. Gladstein.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin.   Overrated but touching drama based on the best-selling novel by…

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Man On The Moon (1999)

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/Germany/Japan/USA, 1999.  Universal Pictures, Mutual Film Company, Jersey Films, Cinehaus, Shapiro/West Productions, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, British Broadcasting Corporation, Marubeni, Toho-Towa.  Screenplay by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski.  Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by R.E.M..  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film…

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The Hurricane (1999)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1999.  Azoff Entertainment, Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Armyan Bernstein, Dan Gordon, based on the books The 16th Round by Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, and Lazarus and the Hurricane by Sam Chaiton, Terry Swinton.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Norman Jewison, John Ketcham.  Music by Jeremy Sweet, Christopher…

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The Green Mile (1999)

FRANK DARABONT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. USA, 1999.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Darkwoods Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Frank Darabont, based on the novel by Stephen King.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Frank Darabont, David Valdes.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Karyn Wagner.  Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce.   Beautifully filmed story that never really achieves…

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Music Of The Heart (1999)

WES CRAVEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1999.  Craven-Maddalena Films, Miramax.  Screenplay by Pamela Gray.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Susan Kaplan, Marianne Maddalena, Allan Miller, Walter Scheuer.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Bruce Alan Miller.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Gregg Featherman, Patrick Lussier.   Meryl Streep‘s performance as Harlem violin teacher Roberta Guaspari is so energetic that…

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American Beauty (1999)

SAM MENDES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1999.  DreamWorks, Jinks/Cohen Company.  Screenplay by Alan Ball.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Naomi Shohan.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar, Christopher Greenbury.   Stupendous film debut from director Sam Mendes that’s a must-see for anyone who enjoyed Ang…

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The Insider (1999)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1999.  Touchstone Pictures, Forward Pass, Mann/Roth Productions.  Screenplay by Eric Roth, Michael Mann, based on the article The Man Who Knew Too Much by Marie Brenner.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Pieter Jan Brugge, Michael Mann.  Music by Pieter Bourke, Lisa Gerrard.  Production Design by Brian Morris.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film…

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Magnolia (1999)

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1999.  Ghoulardi Film Company, New Line Cinema, The Magnolia Project.  Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, JoAnne Sellar.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by William Arnold, Mark Bridges.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.   Moving tribute to broken hearts and…

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