Bombshell (2019)

JAY ROACH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Canada, 2019.  Annapurna Pictures, Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Denver and Delilah Productions, Lighthouse Management & Media, Lionsgate.  Screenplay by Charles Randolph.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by A.J. Dix, Aaron L. Gilbert, Robert Graf, Michelle Graham, Beth Kono, Charles Randolph, Margaret Riley, Jay Roach, Charlize…

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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

DAN GILROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Canada/United Arab Emirates/USA, 2017.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Cross Creek Pictures,  Culture China – Image Nation Abu Dhabi Fund, Escape Artists, First Look Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, LStar Capital, MACRO.  Screenplay by Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Todd Black, Jennifer Fox, Denzel Washington.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design…

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The Disappearance Of Garcia Lorca (1997)

MARCO ZURINAGA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Alternate title:  Death In Granada Spain/France/USA/Puerto Rico, 1997.  Antena 3 Televisión, Canal+, Enrique Cerezo Producciones Cinematográficas S.A., Esparza / Katz Productions, Kanzaman, Miramar Films.  Screenplay by Marco Zurinaga, Juan Antonio Ramos, Neil Cohen, based on the books The Assassination of Federico Garcia Lorca and Federico Garcia Lorca: A Life by Ian…

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El Norte (1983)

GREGORY NAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1983.  American Playhouse, Channel Four Films, Independent Productions, Island Alive, Public Broadcasting Service.  Story by Gregory Nava, Screenplay by Anna Thomas.  Cinematography by James Glennon.  Produced by Trevor Black, Bertha Navarro, Anna Thomas.  Music by The Folkloristas.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Hilary Wright.  Film Editing by Betsy Blankett Milicevic.   Brother and…

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Shadow Of Doubt (1998)

RANDAL KLEISER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB. USA, 1998.  Largo Entertainment, Reasonable Doubt Productions.  Screenplay by Myra Byanka, Raymond De Felitta.  Cinematography by Craig Haagensen.  Produced by Adam Kline, T.J. Mancini.  Music by Joel Goldsmith.  Production Design by Curtis A. Schnell.  Costume Design by Rita Riggs.  Film Editing by Jeff Gourson.   Middling but diverting courtroom drama has a superior Melanie Griffith as a…

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Primal Fear (1996)

GREGORY HOBLIT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Paramount Pictures, Rysher Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan, Ann Biderman, based on the novel by William Diehl.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Gary Lucchesi.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by David Rosenbloom.   Excellent courtroom thriller will have you on the edge of…

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Three Amigos (1986)

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1986.  L.A. Films, Home Box Office.  Screenplay by Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Randy Newman.  Cinematography by Ronald W. Browne.  Produced by George Folsey Jr., Lorne Michaels.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Richard Sawyer.  Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell. Three silent film actors (Steve Martin, Martin Short, Chevy…

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An Officer And A Gentleman (1982)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1982.  Lorimar Film Entertainment, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Martin Elfand.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Philip M. Jefferies.  Costume Design by Rita Riggs, Laurie Riley.  Film Editing by Nancy Klopper.   After having been raised in the Philippines by his insensitive father (and I…

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Havana (1990)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1990.  Mirage Enterprises, Universal Pictures.  Story by Judith Rascoe, Screenplay by Judith Rascoe, David Rayfiel.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Sydney Pollack, Richard Roth.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp.   Modern reworking of Casablanca suffers from a complete lack of…

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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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JFK (1991)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/France, 1991.  Warner Bros., Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films, Ixtlan, Camelot.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar, based on the book On The Trail of The Assassins by Jim Garrison, and the book Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by A. Kitman Ho,…

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Salvador (1986)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5. United Kingdom/USA, 1986.  Estudios Churubusco Azteca S.A., Hemdale.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Rick Boyle.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Gerald Green, Oliver Stone.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Kathryn Morrison.  Film Editing by Claire Simpson.   Exceptional, invigorating film by Oliver Stone that is his best accomplishment after…

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