13 Going On 30 (2004)

GARY WINICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2004.  Revolution Studios, Thirteen Productions.  Screenplay by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Susan Arnold, Gina Matthews, Donna Roth.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Susan Littenberg.   It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool…

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Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

KEVIN WILLIAMSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Miramax, Konrad Pictures, Interscope Communications.  Screenplay by Kevin Williamson.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Cathy Konrad.  Music by John Frizzell.  Production Design by Naomi Shohan.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Debra Neil-Fisher.   A group of students take their mean-ass teacher (Helen Mirren) hostage in her own home when she won’t negotiate with…

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Hope Floats (1998)

FOREST WHITAKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox, Fortis Films.  Screenplay by Steven Rogers.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Lynda Obst.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Larry Fulton.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   Nice little drama about a Texan beauty queen (Sandra Bullock) who returns home to her mother after her best friend…

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Miss Congeniality (2000)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Australia, 2000.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Fortis Films.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Sandra Bullock.    Music by Ed Shearmur.    Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.   Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Billy Weber.   Sandra Bullock makes a decent…

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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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I Am Sam (2001)

JESSIE NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2001.  New Line Cinema, Avery Pix, The Bedford Falls Company, Red Fish Blue Fish Films.  Screenplay by Kristine Johnson, Jessie Nelson.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Marshall Herskovitz, Jessie Nelson, Richard Solomon, Edward Zwick.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Aaron Osborne.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   Sean…

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White Oleander (2002)

PETER KOSMINSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Warner Bros., Pandora Filmproduktion.  Screenplay by Mary Agnes Donoghue, based on the novel by Janet Fitch.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Hunt Lowry, John Wells.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Chris Ridsdale.   Janet Fitch’s best-selling novel reaches the big…

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Mad Money (2008)

CALLIE KHOURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2008.  Big City Pictures, Granada Entertainment, Grand Army Entertainment, Lightspeed Media, MMoney, MWP Productions, Millennium Films, Overture Films, Swingin’ Productions.  Screenplay by Glenn Gers, based on the screenplay Hot Money by John Mister, Neil McKay, Terry Winsor.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by James Acheson, Jay Cohen, Frank DeMartini, Michael P….

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Bad Girls (1994)

JONATHAN KAPLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Twentieth Century Fox, The Ruddy Morgan Organization.  Story by Albert S. Ruddy, Charles Finch, Gray Frederickson, Screenplay by Ken Friedman, Yolande Turner. Cinematography by Ralph D. Bode.  Produced by Charles Finch, Bruce Meade, Andre Morgan, Albert S. Ruddy.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Guy Barnes.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by…

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A Dangerous Woman (1993)

STEPHEN GYLLENHAAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1993.  Island World, Gramercy Pictures, Rollercoaster Productions, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Naomi Foner, based on the novel by Mary McGarry Morris.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Naomi Foner.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by David Brisbin.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Angelo Corrao, Harvey Rosenstock.   A great deal of publicity…

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The Deep End Of The Ocean (1999)

ULU GROSBARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Mandalay Entertainment, Via Rosa Productions.  Screenplay by Stephen Schiff, based on the book by Jacquelyn Mitchard.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Kate Guinzberg, Steve Nicolaides.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Dan Davis.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by John Bloom.   Based on the bestseller (and Oprah Book…

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What Lies Beneath (2000)

ROBERT ZEMECKIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, ImageMovers.  Story by Sarah Kernochan, Clark Gregg, Screenplay by Clark Gregg.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Rick Carter, William James Teegarden.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt.   Rip-roaring good fun from Robert Zemeckis….

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