Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2002.  Touchstone Pictures, Original Film, D&D Films, Pigeon Creek Films.  Story by Douglas J. Eboch, Screenplay by C. Jay Cox.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Stokely Chaffin, Neal H. Moritz.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Clay A. Griffith.  Costume Design by Sophie De Rakoff.  Film Editing by Troy Takaki, Tracey Wadmore-Smith.   Even those who…

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby (2006)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2006.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Relativity Media, Apatow Productions, Mosaic Media Group, GH One.  Screenplay by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Jimmy Miller.  Music by Alex Wurman.  Production Design by Clayton Hartley.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Brent White. Sweet, goofy hick Will Ferrell was abandoned…

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Boxing Helena (1993)

JENNIFER CHAMBERS LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1993.  Mainline Pictures.  Story by Philippe Caland, Screenplay by Jennifer Chambers Lynch.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli, Frank Byers.  Produced by Philippe Caland, Carl Mazzocone.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Paul Huggins.  Costume Design by Patsy Chaney.  Film Editing by David Finfer.   The controversy surrounding this film is a hell of a…

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Runaway Jury (2003)

GARY FLEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2003.  Regency Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Epsilon Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Rick Cleveland, Matthew Chapman, based on the novel by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Gary Fleder, Christopher Mankiewicz, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Abigail Murray.  Film Editing by William Steinkamp.  …

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Elizabethtown

CAMERON CROWE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2005.  Paramount Pictures, Cruise/Wagner Productions, Vinyl Films, KMP Film Invest.  Screenplay by Cameron Crowe.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner.  Music by Nancy Wilson.  Production Design by Clay A. Griffith.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film Editing by David Moritz.  Toronto International Film Festival 2005.   Cameron Crowe’s successor to the wonderful…

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Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil (1997)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1997.  Warner Bros., Malpaso Productions, Silver Pictures.  Screenplay by John Lee Hancock, based on the book by John Berendt.  Cinematography by Jack N. Green.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Arnold Stiefel.  Music by Lennie Niehaus.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing by Joel Cox. Clint Eastwood’s drawn-out directorial style of film…

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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2008.  Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company.  Story by Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, Screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Claudio Miranda.  Produced by Cean Chaffin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by…

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The Clearing

BB (out of 5) The characters in this hideous dud are all so wooden that your lack of empathy for their suffering will eventually turn to complete delight in their misery. Self-made business tycoon Robert Redford wakes up in the morning, kisses his wife (Helen Mirren) goodbye, and goes to work. On the way, he unfortunately…

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Last Dance (1996)

BRUCE BERESFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Touchstone Pictures.  Story by Steven Haft, Ron Koslow, Screenplay by Ron Koslow.  Cinematography by Peter James.  Produced by Steven Haft.  Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by John Stoddart.  Costume Design by Colleen Kelsall.  Film Editing by John Bloom.   If this film were equal to Sharon Stone‘s performance in the lead, it would…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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