The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

GABRIELE MUCCINO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2006.  Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Overbrook Entertainment, Escape Artists.  Screenplay by Steve Conrad.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, James Lassiter, Will Smith, Steve Tisch.  Music by Andrea Guerra.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing…

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Blood Diamond (2006)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2006.  Warner Bros., Virtual Studios, Spring Creek Productions, The Bedford Falls Company, Initial Entertainment Group, Liberty Pictures, Lonely Film Productions GmbH & Co. KG..  Story by Charles Leavitt, C. Gaby Mitchell, Screenplay by Charles Leavitt.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Gillian Gorfil,Marshall Herskovitz, Graham King, Paula Weinstein, Edward Zwick.  Music by James…

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Babel (2006)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/USA/Mexico, 2006.  Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Anonymous Content, Zeta Film, Central Films, Media Rights Capital.  Story by Guillermo Arriaga, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Steve Golin, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jon Kilik.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by Brigitte Broch.  Costume Design by Gabriela Diaque, Miwako Kobayashi,…

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Venus (2006)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom, 2006.  Miramax, FilmFour, UK Film Council, Free Range Films.  Screenplay by Hanif Kureishi.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Kevin Loader.  Music by David Arnold, Corinne Bailey Rae.  Production Design by Emma MacDevitt.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Nicolas Gaster.   Screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Mother) continues his exploration of…

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The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

DAVID FRANKEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2006.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Major Studio Partners.  Screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Wendy Finerman.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor.  Costume Design by Patricia Field.  Film Editing by Mark Livolsi.   This movie is fabulous with a capital snap!…

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Half Nelson (2006)

RYAN FLECK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2006.  Hunting Lane Films, Journeyman Pictures, Silverwood Films, Original Media, Traction Media, Verisimilitude. Screenplay by Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden.  Cinematography by Andrij Parekh.  Produced by Anna Boden, Rosanne Korenberg, Alex Orlovksy, Jamie Patricof.  Music by Broken Social Scene.  Production Design by Beth Mickle.  Costume Design by Erin Benach.  Film Editing…

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Little Children (2006)

TODD FIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2006.  New Line Cinema, Bona Fide Productions, Standard Film Company.  Screenplay by Todd Field, Tom Perrotta, based on the novel by Tom Perrotta.  Cinematography by Antonio Calvache.  Produced by Albert Berger, Todd Field, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Melissa Economy.  Film Editing by Leo Trombetta.   It’s…

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Notes On A Scandal (2006)

RICHARD EYRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom, 2006.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, DNA Films, UK Film Council, BBC Films, Scott Rudin Productions, Ingenious Film Partners.  Screenplay by Patrick Marber, based on the novel What Was She Thinking: Notes On A Scandal by Zoe Heller.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Robert Fox, Scott Rudin.  Music by Philip Glass.  Production Design…

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Bobby (2006)

EMILIO ESTEVEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2006.  The Weinstein Company, Bold Films, Bobby, Holly Wiersma Productions.  Screenplay by Emilio Estevez.  Cinematography by Michael Barrett.  Produced by Edward Bass, Michel Litvak, Holly Wiersma.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Patti Podesta.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   It’s June 6, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los…

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The Queen (2006)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/France/Italy, 2006.  Pathe Pictures International, Granada Film Productions, Pathé Renn Productions, BIM Distribuzione, France 3 Cinema, Canal+, Future Films, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Peter Morgan.  Cinematography by Affonso Beato.  Produced by Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald. Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by Lucia…

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Dreamgirls (2006)

BILL CONDON  Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2006.  DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, Laurence Mark Productions.  Screenplay by Bill Condon, based on the musical book by Tom Eyen.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by Tom Eyen, Henry Krieger.  Production Design by John Myhre.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Virginia Katz.   From the opening shot this film…

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The Departed (2006)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Hong Kong, 2006.  Warner Bros., Plan B Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group, Vertigo Entertainment, Media Asia Films.  Screenplay by William Monahan, based on the screenplay Mou Gaan Dou by Alan Mak, Felix Chong.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Brad Grey, Brad Pitt, Gianni Nunnari, Graham King.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Kristi…

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