The Rental (2020)

DAVE FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 2020. Black Bear Pictures. Story by Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg, Mike Demski, Screenplay by Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg. Cinematography by Christian Sprenger. Produced by Dave Franco, Elizabeth Haggard, Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman, Christopher Storer, Joe Swanberg. Music by Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans. Production Design by Meredith…

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Destroyer (2018)

KARYN KUSAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 2018.  30West, Automatik.  Screenplay by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.  Cinematography by Julie Kirkwood.  Produced by Fred Berger, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.   Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Kay Lee.  Costume Design by Audrey Fisher.  Film Editing by Plummy Tucker.  Golden Globe Awards 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. A grizzled, self-destructive Los Angeles cop…

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Halloween (2018)

DAVID GORDON GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Blumhouse Productions, Miramax, Rough House Pictures, Trancas International Films, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, based on characters created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill.  Cinematography by Michael Simmonds.  Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block, Jason Blum.  Music by Cody Carpenter, John Carpenter, Daniel A. Davies.  Production…

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Ghostbusters (2016)

PAUL FEIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2016.  Columbia Pictures, LStar Capital, Village Roadshow Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Feigco Entertainment, Ghostcorps, The Montecito Picture Company.  Screenplay by Katie Dippold, Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film directed by Ivan Reitman, written by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Amy Pascal, Ivan Reitman.  Music by…

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The Mod Squad (1999)

SCOTT SILVER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Stephen Kay, Scott Silver, Kate Lanier, based on characters created by Buddy Ruskin.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Tony Ludwig, Ben Myron, Alan Riche.  Music by BC Smith.  Production Design by Patrick Sherman.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Dorian Harris.   So-so action thriller that purports to be based on…

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Bedazzled (2000)

HAROLD RAMIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.    USA/Germany, 2000.  Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, KirchMedia.  Screenplay by Larry Gelbart, Harold Ramis, Peter Tolan, based on the 1967 film, story by Peter Cook, Screenplay by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore. Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Trevor Albert, Harold Ramis.  Music by David Newman.   Production Design by Rick Heinrichs.  Costume Design by Deena…

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Dear God (1996)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1996.  Rysher Entertainment.  Screenplay by Warren Leight, Ed Kaplan.  Cinematography by Charles Minsky.  Produced by Steve Tisch.  Music by James Patrick Dunne, Jeremy Lubbock.  Production Design by Albert Brenner. Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing by Debra Neil-Fisher.   Lightweight comic fantasy from Garry Marshall about a n’er-do-welling con artist (Greg Kinnear in…

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The Basketball Diaries

BB.5 (out of 5) Jim Carroll’s autobiographical account of his days as a delinquent youth has been translated into an unenjoyable film experience. Carroll (played here by Leonardo DiCaprio) is a student at a Catholic high school with a particular aptitude for writing poetry. He spends most of his days getting high with his friends,…

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Enough Said (2013)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Likely Story.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener.  Cinematography by Xavier Grobet.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazum, Anthony Bregman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Keith P. Cunningham.  Costume Design by Leah Katznelson.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2013.  Golden Globe Awards 2013.  Independent Spirit Awards 2013.  Phoenix Film…

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Rescue Dawn (2006)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2006.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Top Gun Productions, Thema Productions, Gibraltar Films, Blue Rider Pictures, Bruin Grip Services.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Elton Brand, Harry Knapp, Steve Marlton.  Music by Klaus Badelt.  Production Design by Arin ‘Aoi’ Pinijvararak.  Costume Design by Annie Dunn.  Film Editing by Joe Bini. Independent Spirit Awards 2007. Toronto International…

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R.I.P.D. (2013)

ROBERT SCHWENTKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2013.  Universal Pictures, Original Film, Dark Horse Entertainment.  Story by David Dobkin, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Screenplay by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, based on the Dark Horse comic by Peter M. Lenkov.  Cinematography by Alwin H. Kuchler.  Produced by Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz, Mike Richardson.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design…

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Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

JON FAVREAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2011.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Relativity Media, Imagine Entertainment, K/O Paper Products, Fairview Entertainment, Platinum Studios, K/O Camera Toys.  Screen story by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Steve Oedekerk, Screenplay by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, based on the Platinum Studios comic book by Scott Mitchell…

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