Stuart Little 2 (2002)

ROB MINKOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Franklin/Waterman Productions, Red Wagon Entertainment.  Story by Douglas Wick, Bruce Joel Rubin, Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin, based on characters from the book Stuart Little by E.B. White.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Bill Brzeski.  Costume Design by…

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Donnie Darko (2001)

RICHARD KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Pandora Cinema, Flower Films, Adam Fields Productions, Gaylord Films.  Screenplay by Richard Kelly.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Adam Fields, Nancy Juvonen, Sean McKittrick.    Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Alec Hammond.    Costume Design by April Ferry.   Film Editing by Sam Bauer, Eric Strand.    Donnie Darko (Jake…

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Southland Tales (2006)

RICHARD KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Germany/USA/France, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Cherry Road Films, Darko Entertainment, MHF Zweite Academy Film, Eden Roc Productions, Persistent Entertainment, Academy Film, Destination Films, Inferno Distribution, Wild Bunch.  Screenplay by Richard Kelly.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Bo Hyde, Sean McKittrick, Kendall Rhodes, Matthew Rhodes.  Music by Moby.  Production Design by Alec Hammond.  Costume…

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The Box (2009)

RICHARD KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Radar Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Darko Entertainment, Lin Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Kelly, based on the short story Button, Button by Richard Matheson.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Richard Kelly, Dan Lin, Sean McKittrick.  Music by Win Butler, Regina Chassagne, Owen Pallett.  Production Design by Alec Hammond.  Costume Design by April…

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Testament

BBBBB (out of 5) 1983 saw two films made about the dangers of nuclear power, and this exceptional work is by far the superior over Mike Nichols’s Silkwood.  Jane Alexander is excellent as a California soccer mom whose world turns inside out when a nuclear power plant explodes and the country is ravaged entirely by radiation…

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Someone To Watch Over Me (1987)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1987.  Columbia Pictures.  Screenplay by Howard Franklin.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Thierry de Ganay, Harold Schneider.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Claire Simpson. Above-average thriller that benefits from great chemistry between its stars and the visual ingenuity of director Ridley…

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The Cemetery Club (1993)

BILL DUKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1993.  Down To Earth Productions, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Ivan Menchell, based on his play.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by David Brown.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Maher Ahmad.  Costume Design by Hilary Rosenfeld.  Film Editing by John Carter.  Pleasant and at times funny account of three widows (Olympia Dukakis, Ellen…

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Boys Life 2

BB.5 (out of 5) The number of films is increased but the quality is lowered for this follow-up to the successful original. Another group of short films about gay men are combined to feature length, but the selections this time are, for the most part, far more shallow than in the first Boys Life, beginning…

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Daddy Day Care

BB (out of 5) After losing his cushy advertising job, Eddie Murphy decides to beat the doldrums of being a stay-at-home dad by opening up a day care centre with his former business partner (Jeff Garlin). At first the project is a huge mess, but eventually the chaos sorts itself out and Murphy turns out…

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