The Mechanic (2011)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 2011. CBS Films, Millennium Films, Chartoff-Winkler Productions, Nu Image Entertainment GmbH, Scared Productions. Story by Lewis John Carlino, Screenplay by Richard Wenk, Lewis John Carlino. Cinematography by Eric Schmidt. Produced by Rene Besson, William Chartoff, David Winkler. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Richard Lassalle….

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The Last Samurai (2003)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2003.  Warner Bros., The Bedford Falls Company, Cruise/Wagner Productions, Radar Pictures.  Story by John Logan, Screenplay by John Logan, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Tom Cruise, Tom Engelman, Marshall Herskovitz, Scott Kroopf, Paula Wagner, Edward Zwick.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Costume Design by Ngila Dickson.  Film…

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Ghost (1990)

JERRY ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Lisa Weinstein.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Walter Murch.   Audiences always love a good romance, and when it’s spiced up by a nifty murder mystery and some supernatural plot elements,…

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The Substance Of Fire (1996)

DANIEL J. SULLIVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Jon Robin Baitz, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Jon Robin Baitz, Randy Finch, Ron Kastner.  Music by Joseph Vitarelli.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Terri Purcell.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.   Sterling drama stars an excellent Ron Rifkin as a Holocaust survivor now entering…

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The 6th Day (2000)

ROGER SPOTTISWOODE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Phoenix Pictures.  Screenplay by Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley.  Cinematography by Pierre Mignot.  Produced by Jon Davison, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by James D. Bissell, John Willett.  Costume Design by Trish Keating.  Film Editing by Michel Arcand, Mark Conte, Dominique Fortin. Arnold Schwarzenegger looks tired and bored in this lame retread of all…

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Bounce (2000)

DON ROOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Don Roos.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Michael Besman, Steve Golin.  Music by Mychael Danna, Dean Landon.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Peter Mitchell.  Film Editing by David Codron.   Idiotic romance that insults its viewers and degrades the images of the actors involved. Ben Affleck gives a surprisingly…

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Gaby: A True Story (1987)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Mexico, 1987.  G. Brimmer Productions, TriStar Pictures.  Developed by Luis Mandoki, Screenplay by Michael Love, Martin Salinas.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Pinchas Perry.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Alejandro Luna.  Costume Design by Lucile Donay, Tolita Figueroa.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Soapy but still touching story of a physically challenged young…

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The Pelican Brief (1993)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1993.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Alan J. Pakula, based on the book by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Pieter Jan Brugge, Alan J. Pakula.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Tom Rolf, Trudy Ship.   Excessively long film version of John…

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Someone Like You… (2001)

TONY GOLDWYN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2001.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Lynda Obst Productions.  Screenplay by Elizabeth Chandler, based on the novel Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Lynda Obst.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Dan Leigh.  Costume Design by Michelle Matland, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Dana Congdon.   Ashley Judd plays an…

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A Walk On The Moon (1999)

TONY GOLDWYN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/Australia, 1999.  Miramax, Punch 21 Productions, Groucho Film Partnership, Village Roadshow Pictures.  Screenplay by Pamela Gray.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Jay Cohen, Tony Goldwyn, Lee Gottsegen, Dustin Hoffman, Neil Koenigsberg, Murray Schisgal.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Leigh.  Costume Design by Jess Goldstein.  Film Editing by Dana Congdon.   Marvelous directorial…

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Abandon (2002)

STEPHEN GAGHAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  USA/Australia, 2002.  Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Lynda Obst Productions, Mel’s Cite du Cinema, Munich Film Partners New Century & Company (MFP) HAM Productions, The Bedford Falls Company.  Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Lynda Obst, Edward Zwick.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Gideon Ponte.  Costume Design…

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Nixon (1995)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1995.  Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures, Illusion Entertainment.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Oliver Stone, Clayton Townsend, Andrew G. Vajna.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan, Hank Corwin.   Oliver Stone, who previously…

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