Being Julia (2004)

ISTVAN SZABO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Canada/USA/Hungary/United Kingdom, 2004.  Serendipity Point Films, First Choice Films, Hogarth Productions, Myriad Pictures.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the novel Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Robert Lantos.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by John Bloomfield.  Film Editing by Susan Shipton.  Academy Awards 2004.  European…

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Sideways (2004)

ALEXANDER PAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2004.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Michael London Productions, Sideways Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Rex Pickett.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Michael London.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by Kevin Tent.  Academy Awards 2004.  AFI Awards…

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Maria Full Of Grace (2004)

JOSHUA MARSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Colombia/USA/Ecuador, 2004.  HBO Films, Fine Line Features, Journeyman Pictures, Proyecto Tucan, Alter-Ciné, Santa Fe Productions.  Screenplay by Joshua Marston.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Paul Mezey.  Music by Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman.  Production Design by Debbie DeVilla, Monica Marulanda.  Costume Design by Sarah Beers, Lauren Press.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe, Lee Percy.  Academy Awards 2004.  Berlin Film…

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Collateral (2004)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Edge City.  Screenplay by Stuart Beattie.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron.  Produced by Michael Mann, Julie Richardson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Paul Rubell.  Academy Awards 2004.  AFI Awards 2004.    Golden…

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Ray (2004)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB USA, 2004.  Universal Pictures, Bristol Bay Productions, Anvil Films, Baldwin Entertainment Group.  Story by Taylor Hackford, James L. White, Screenplay by James L. White.  Cinematography by Pawel Edelman.  Produced by Howard Baldwin, Karen Elise Baldwin, Stuart Benjamin, Taylor Hackford.  Music by Craig Armstrong.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Paul…

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

MICHEL GONDRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Focus Features, Anonymous Content, This Is That Productions.  Story by Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth, Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman. Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Steve Golin.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Dan Leigh.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Valdis Oskarsdottir.  Academy Awards 2004.   AFI Awards 2004….

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Hotel Rwanda

BBBB (out of 5) In 1994 Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) goes about his business managing the four-star Hotel Milles Collines and tries to ignore the growing unrest between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes of his country. Signs of serious trouble keep showing up that he tries to be optimistic about until a full-out genocide…

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Finding Neverland (2004)

MARC FORSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2004.   Miramax, FilmColony, Keylight Productions.   Screenplay by David Magee, based on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee.  Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer.   Produced by Nellie Bellflower, Richard N. Gladstein.   Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.   Production Design by Gemma Jackson.   Costume Design by…

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Vera Drake (2004)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/France/New Zealand, 2004.   Les Films Alain Sarde, Film Council, Inside Track Productions, Thin Man Films, Film Council Premiere Fund, Ingenious Film Partners, Inside Track 1, National Lottery through UK Film Council, Untitled 03.   Screenplay by Mike Leigh.   Cinematography by Dick Pope.   Produced by Simon Channing Williams, Alain…

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The Notebook (2004)

NICK CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2004.  New Line Cinema, Gran Via.  Screenplay by Jeremy Leven, adaptation by Jan Sardi, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.  Cinematography by Robert Fraisse.  Produced by Lynn Harris, Mark Johnson.  Music by Aaron Zigman.  Production Design by Sarah Knowles.  Costume Design by Chuck Potter.  Film Editing by Alan Heim.  Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004.  …

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Spanglish

B (out of 5) A little girl’s application to Princeton University is the subject of this dreadful comedy-drama. She relates, in badly written narration, the story of how she was raised by her Mexican mother (Spanish actress Paz Vega) in Los Angeles while working as a housekeeper for a thoroughly messed up family led by…

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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2004.  Warner Bros., Lakeshore Entertainment, Malpaso Productions, Albert S. Ruddy Productions.   Screenplay by Paul Haggis, based on the story collection Rope Burns by F.X. Toole.  Cinematography by Tom Stern.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Paul Haggis, Tom Rosenberg, Albert S. Ruddy.  Music by Clint Eastwood. Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by…

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