The Midnight Sky (2020)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 2020. Anonymous Content, Netflix, Smokehouse Pictures, Syndicate Entertainment, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Mark L. Smith, based on the book Good Morning Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. Cinematography by Martin Ruhe. Produced by George Clooney, Bard Dorros, Grant Heslov, Keith Redmon, Cliff Roberts. Music by Alexandre Desplat. Production…

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Ocean’s 8 (2018)

GARY ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Rahway Road Productions, Smokehouse Pictures.  Story by Gary Ross, Screenplay by Gary Ross, Olivia Milch, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Eigil Bryld.  Produced by Susan Ekins, Steven Soderbergh.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by Alex DiGerlando.  Costume Design by…

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Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)

DAVID GORDON GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Participant Media, Smokehouse Pictures.  Screenplay by Peter Straughan, suggested by the documentary by Rachel Boynton.  Cinematography by Tim Orr.  Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov.  Music by David Wingo.  Production Design by Richard A. Wright.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing by Colin Patton.  Toronto International Film Festival 2015.  Sandra Bullock plays a political…

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The Monuments Men (2014)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2014.  Columbia Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Smokehouse Pictures, Obelisk Productions, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter. Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing…

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August: Osage County (2013)

JOHN WELLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2013.  The Weinstein Company, Jean Doumanian Productions, Smokehouse Pictures, Battle Mountain Films, Yucaipa Films.  Screenplay by Tracy Letts, based on his play.  Cinematography by Adriano Goldman.  Produced by George Clooney, Jean Doumanian, Grant Heslov, Steve Traxler.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Cindy Evans.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Academy Awards 2013.  Golden…

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The Ides Of March (2011)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, Crystal City Entertainment, Smokehouse Pictures, Appian Way.  Screenplay by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Sharon Seymour.  Costume…

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The Men Who Stare At Goats

BBB (out of 5) Grant Heslov’s humorous adaptation of Peter Straughan’s book is an unfortunate misfire, a brilliantly conceived and packaged film that never equals the sum of its parts. What’s a guy to do when his co-worker dies and his wife leaves him? Go to Iraq, of course! Michigan journalist Ewan McGregor decides to abandon…

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Leatherheads (2008)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/Germany, 2008.  Universal Pictures, Casey Silver Productions, Smokehouse Pictures, Internationale Scarena Filmproduktionsgesellschaft 1. Screenplay by Duncan Brantley, Rick Reilly.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Grant Heslov, Casey Silver.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   An unfortunate misfire given…

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Argo

BEN AFFLECK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Following the terminally ill Shah’s escape to America and Ayatollah Khomeini’s rise to power over a newly conservative Iran, Americans at the U.S. embassy in 1979 Tehran find themselves in grave danger. Crowds storm the streets, furiously demanding that the Shah be sent back to Iran to be…

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