Raising Victor Vargas (2002)

PETER SOLLETT Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  France/USA, 2002.  Canal+, Forensic Films, StudioCanal, Untitled Productions.  Story by Peter Sollett, Eva Vives, Screenplay by Peter Sollett.  Cinematography by Tim Orr.  Produced by Alain de la Mata, Scott Macaulay, Robin O’Hara, Peter Sollett.  Music by Roy Nathanson.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Jill Newell.  Film Editing by Myron I. Kerstein.   Peter Sollett’s…

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The Secret Lives Of Dentists (2002)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Holedigger Films, Ready Made Film.  Screenplay by Craig Lucas, based on the novel The Age Of Grief by Jane Smiley.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Campbell Scott, George VanBuskirk.  Music by Gary DeMichele.  Production Design by Ted Glass.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film Editing by Andy Keir.   Campbell Scott and Hope Davis are great…

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Cabin Fever (2002)

ELI ROTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2002.  Tonic Films, Down Home Entertainment, Black Sky Entertainment, Deer Path Films, Cabin Pictures.  Story by Eli Roth, Screenplay by Eli Roth, Randy Pearlstein.  Cinematography by Scott Kevan.  Produced by Evan Astrowsky, Sam Froelich, Lauren Moews, Eli Roth.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti, Nathan Barr.  Production Design by Franco-Giacomo Carbone.  Costume Design by Paloma Soledad.  Film Editing…

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Northfork (2003)

MICHAEL POLISH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Paramount Classics, Romano Shane Productions, Departure Entertainment, Prohibition Pictures, Polish Brothers Construction, Northfork Productions.  Screenplay by Mark Polish, Michael Polish.  Cinematography by M. David Mullen.  Produced by Mark Polish, Michael Polish.  Music by Stuart Matthewman. Production Design by Brandee Dell’Aringa, Del Polish, Ichelle Spitzig.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Leo Trombetta.   Style…

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House Of Sand And Fog (2003)

VADIM PERELMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  DreamWorks, Cobalt Media Group, Bisgrove Entertainment.  Screenplay by Vadim Perelman, Shawn Lawrence Otto, based on the novel by Andre Dubus III.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Michael London, Vadim Perelman.  Music by James Horner.    Production Design by Maia Javan.   Costume Design by Hala Bahmet.   Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin.  …

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The Fog Of War: Eleven Lessons From The Life Of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

ERROL MORRIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2003.  Sony Pictures Classics, RadicalMedia, SenArt Films, The Globe Department Store.  Cinematography by Peter Donahue, Robert Chappell.  Produced by Julie Ahlberg, Errol Morris, Michael Williams.  Music by Philip Glass.  Production Design by Ted Bafaloukos, Steve Hardie.  Costume Design by Eddie Marquez, Julie Vogel.  Film Editing by Doug Abel, Chyld King, Karen Schmeer.   In this captivating…

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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

PETER MULLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Ireland, 2002.  Scottish Screen, Film Council, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Momentum Pictures, PFP Films, Temple Films, Dumfries & Galloway Council, South West Scotland Screen Commission, Scottish Enterprise Dumfries & Galloway, UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund.  Screenplay by Peter Mullan.  Cinematography by Nigel Willoughby.  Produced by Frances Higson.  Music by Craig Armstrong.  Production…

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The Station Agent (2003)

TOM McCARTHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2003.  SenArt Films, Next Wednesday Productions.  Screenplay by Tom McCarthy.  Cinematography by Oliver Bokelberg.  Produced by Robert May, Mary Jane Skalski, Kathryn Tucker.  Music by Stephen Trask.  Production Design by John Paino.  Costume Design by Jeanne DuPont.  Film Editing by Tom McArdle.   A train enthusiast (Peter Dinklage, who effortlessly carries the entire film) finds himself…

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Blue Car (2002)

KAREN MONCRIEFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Peer Oppenheimer Production Inc..  Screenplay by Karen Moncrieff.  Cinematography by Rob Sweeney.  Produced by Peer J. Oppenheimer, Amy Sommer, David Waters.  Music by Adam Gorgoni.  Production Design by Kristan Andrews.  Costume Design by Kristan Andrews.  Film Editing by Toby Yates.   Agnes Bruckner plays a teenage girl who is having a spectacularly difficult time adjusting…

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City Of God (2002)

FERNANDO MEIRELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Cidade de Deus Brazil/France, 2002.  O2 Filmes, VideoFilmes, Globo Filmes, Lumière, Wild Bunch, Hank Levine Film.  Screenplay by Braulio Mantovani, based on the novel by Paulo Lins.  Cinematography by Cesar Charlone.  Produced by Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Mauricio Andrade Ramos.   Music by Ed Cortes, Antonio Pinto.   Production Design by Tule…

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Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

JUSTIN LIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2002.  Cherry Sky Films, Day O Productions, Hudson River Entertainment, MTV Films, Trailing Johnson Productions.  Screenplay by Ernesto Foronda, Justin Lin, Fabian Marquez.  Cinematography by Patrice Lucien Cochet.  Produced by Julie Asato, Ernesto Foronda, Justin Lin.  Music by Michael Gonzales, Tobin Mori.  Production Design by Yoo Jung Han.  Costume Design by Sandi Lieu.  Film Editing by…

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My Architect (2003)

NATHANIEL KAHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Louis Kahn Project Inc., Mediaworks.  Screenplay by Nathaniel Kahn.  Cinematography by Robert Richman.  Produced by Susan Rose Behr, Nathaniel Kahn.  Music by Joseph Vitarelli.  Film Editing by Sabine Krayenbuhl.   Nathaniel Kahn, son of celebrated architect Louis Kahn, explores his father’s professional legacy and the relationship he was robbed of when Louis…

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