The Hateful Eight (2015)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2015.  Visiona Romantica, Double Feature Films, FilmColony.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Shannon McIntosh, Stacey Sher.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Yohei Taneda.  Costume Design by Courtney Hoffman.  Film Editing by Fred Raskin.  Academy Awards 2015.  Golden Globe Awards 2015.  Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2015.   …

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LOL (2012)

LISA AZUELOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2012.  Double Feature Films, Lol Productions, Mandate Pictures, PIC Agency.  Screenplay by Lisa Azuelos, Kamir Ainouz, based on the film LOL [Laughing Out Loud] by Lisa Azuelos, Nans Delgado.  Cinematography by Kieran McGuigan.  Produced by Tish Cyrus, Esteban Martin, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by Happy Massee.  Costume Design…

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A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

SCOTT FRANK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  1984 Private Defense Contractors, Cross Creek Pictures, Da Vinci Media Ventures, Double Feature Films, Exclusive Media Group, Jersey Films, Manu Propria Entertainment, Traveling Picture Show Company.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Lawrence Block.  Cinematography by Mihai Malaimare Jr..  Produced by Tobin Armbrust, Danny DeVito, Brian Oliver, Michael Shamberg, Stacey…

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Get Shorty (1995)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1995.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by John Lurie.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Ted Woerner.  Golden Globe Awards 1995.  New York…

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The Skeleton Key (2005)

IAIN SOFTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Universal Pictures, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Double Feature Films, Daniel Bobker Productions, Brick Dust Productions LLC, MFPV Film.  Screenplay by Ehren Kruger.  Cinematography by Daniel Mindel.  Produced by Daniel Bobker, Lorenzo P. Lampthwait, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Iain Softley.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by…

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Freedom Writers (2007)

RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Germany/USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Double Feature Films, MTV Films, Jersey Films, Kernos Filmproduktionsgesellschaft & Company.  Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing To Change Themselves And The World Around Them by Erin Gruwell, and the Freedom…

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Living Out Loud (1998)

RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Jersey Films, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Jon Gregory, Lynzee Klingman.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998. Powerful film inspired by Chekhov stories from…

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Runner Runner

BB (out of 5) Sort of a Social Network for the intellectually dim, this mildly amusing B-movie stars Justin Timberlake as a Princeton masters student who tries to meet his enormous tuition requirements by directing fellow students to online gambling websites.  After trying to win his own tuition money by throwing all savings down on one…

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Camp

BB.5 (out of 5) The hilarious adventures of teenagers at a musical camp are the subject of this enjoyable film, one which will have limited appeal only to those who like musicals. The kids are an assortment of unhappy misfits who have found the one place in the world where they really fit in. Gay…

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Be Cool (2005)

F. GARY GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2005.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Jersey Films, Double Feature Films, Nina Saxon Film Design.  Screenplay by Peter Steinfeld, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball.  Produced by Danny DeVito, David Nicksay, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges, Betsy Heimann.  Film…

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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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How High

B (out of 5) Maybe if this ridiculous reefer comedy weren’t so boring it would score higher points. Rap music stars Redman and Method Man are excellent as two marijuana enthusiasts who get in to Harvard University (thanks to some supernatural assistance, the lamest subplot in the film) and proceed to turn the straight-laced, whitey-tighty campus…

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