Permanent Midnight (1998)

DAVID VELOZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  JD Productions.  Screenplay by David Veloz, based on the book by Jerry Stahl.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Jane Hamsher, Don Murphy.  Music by Daniel Licht.  Production Design by Jerry Fleming.  Costume Design by Lori Eskowitz-Carter, Louise Mingenbach.  Film Editing by Cara Silverman, Steven Weisberg.   Forgettable recount of the turbulent battle with heroin addiction…

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The Producers (2005)

SUSAN STROMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Brooksfilms.  Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, based on the stage play book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and the stage play lyrics by Mel Brooks, from a 1968 screenplay by Mel Brooks.  Cinematography by John Bailey, Charles Minsky.  Produced by Mel Brooks, Jonathan Sanger.  Music by Glen…

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Men In Black II (2002)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2002.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Amblin Entertainment, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation.  Story by Robert Gordon, Screenplay by Robert Gordon, Barry Fanaro, based on Malibu Comics by Lowell Cunningham.  Cinematography by Greg Gardiner.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by Richard…

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Big Trouble (2002)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2002.  Touchstone Pictures, The Jacobson Company, Sonnenfeld Josephson Worldwide Entertainment, Sundale Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone, based on the novel by Dave Barry.  Cinematography by Greg Gardiner.  Produced by Tom Jacobson, Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by…

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Mother And Child (2009)

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Spain, 2009.  Everest Entertainment, Cha Cha Chá Films, Mockingbird Pictures.  Screenplay by Rodrigo Garcia.  Cinematography by Xavier Perez Grobet.  Produced by Lisa Maria Falcone, Julie Lynn.  Music by Ed Shearmur. Production Design by Christopher Tandon.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   The multi-strand narrative begins with a teenager giving birth after getting…

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Message In A Bottle (1999)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Bel Air Entertainment, DiNovi Pictures, Tig Productions.  Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Kevin Costner, Denise Di Novi, Jim Wilson.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   Poetic cinematography and an unapologetically…

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Nurse Betty (2000)

NEIL LaBUTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany/USA, 2000.  Gramercy Pictures, Pacifica Film, Propaganda Films, ab’-strakt pictures, IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 3. Produktions KG.  Story by John C. Richards, Screenplay by John C. Richards, James Flamberg.  Cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier.  Produced by Steve Golin, Gail Mutrux.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Charles William Breen.  Costume Design by Lynette Meyer.  Film…

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Morning Glory (2010)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.5.   USA, 2010.  Bad Robot, Goldcrest Pictures.  Screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna.  Cinematography by Alwin H. Kuchler.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Frank L. Fleming.  Film Editing by Dan Farrell, Nick Moore, Steven Weisberg. Rachel McAdams is let go from her job producing a middling New Jersey morning news…

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Albert Nobbs (2011)

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Ireland, 2011.  Mockingbird Pictures, Trillium Productions, Parallel Film Productions, Morrison Films, WestEnd Films, Chrysalis Films, Allen & Associates, Canal+, Irish Film Board, DragonCove Studios.  Screen story by Istvan Szabo, Screenplay by Gabriella Prekop, John Banville, Glenn Close, based on the novella The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs by George…

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Hope Springs

DAVID FRANKEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Mandate Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Entertainment 360, Escape Artists.  Screenplay by Vanessa Taylor.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Todd Black, Guymon Casady.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.  Golden Globe Awards 2012.   The reunion of Meryl Streep with her Devil…

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Miami Rhapsody (1995)

DAVID FRANKEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1995.  Cantaloupe Production, Hollywood Pictures.  Screenplay by David Frankel.  Cinematography by Jack Wallner.  Produced by David Frankel, Barry Jossen.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by J. Mark Harrington.  Costume Design by Patricia Field.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   I love Sarah Jessica Parker‘s nebbish routine in this very funny Miami-set romance, about a young…

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Great Expectations (1998)

ALFONSO CUARON Bil’s rating (out of  5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Art Linson Productions, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Mitch Glazer, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Tony Burrough.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   There’s plenty of beauty but not much else to this modernization…

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