Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Fred Waitzkin.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by William Horberg, Scott Rudin.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.   Young Josh Waitzin (Max Pomeranc) feels only passably amused by the activities and…

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A Civil Action (1998)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Jonathan Harr.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Rachel Pfeffer, Robert Redford, Scott Rudin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.   True story of…

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The Impostors (1998)

STANLEY TUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  First Cold Piece, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Tucci.  Cinematography by Ken Kelsch.  Produced by Elizabeth W. Alexander, Stanley Tucci.  Music by Gary DeMichele.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Juliet Polcsa.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.   Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that is short on substance…

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Men In Black II (2002)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2002.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Amblin Entertainment, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation.  Story by Robert Gordon, Screenplay by Robert Gordon, Barry Fanaro, based on Malibu Comics by Lowell Cunningham.  Cinematography by Greg Gardiner.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by Richard…

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Men In Black (1997)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Amblin Entertainment, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation.  Story and screenplay by Ed Solomon, based on the comic by Lowell Cunningham. Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by Jim Miller.  …

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I.Q. (1994)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Paramount Pictures, Sandollar.  Story by Andy Breckman, Screenplay by Andy Breckman, Michael Leeson.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Carol Baum, Fred Schepisi.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock.   You knew that he was one of the greatest minds whose thoughts were ever…

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Spy Kids 2: Island Of Lost Dreams (2002)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2002.  Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios.  Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez.  Cinematography by Robert Rodriguez. Produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez.  Music by John Debney, Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by Robert Rodriguez.  Costume Design by Graciela Mazon.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   In this delightful sequel to the equally fun original, little spies Carmen and Juni…

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Spy Kids (2001)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios. Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez.  Music by John Debney, Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Los Lobos, Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Deborah Everton.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   Parents will undoubtedly approve of this extremely enjoyable…

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Paulie (1998)

JOHN ROBERTS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  DreamWorks, Mutual Film Company.  Screenplay by Laurie Craig.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Allison Lyon Segan.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Bruce Cannon.   Tired tale of a lonely, wandering budgie (voiced by Jay Mohr, who also…

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Galaxy Quest (1999)

DEAN PARISOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1999.  DreamWorks, Gran Via Productions.  Story by David Howard, Screenplay by David Howard, Robert Gordon.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Mark Johnson, Charles Newirth.  Music by David Newman. Production Design by Linda DeScenna.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Don Zimmerman.   Marvelous science-fiction comedy about a troupe of has-been actors who…

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The Last Shot (2004)

JEFF NATHANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2004.  Morra Brezner Steinberg and Tenenbaum Entertainment, Mandeville Films, Burro Productions, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on the article What’s Wrong With This Picture by Steve Fishman.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Larry Brezner, David Hoberman.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by William Arnold.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by…

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Addams Family Values (1993)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Rudnick, based on characters created by Charles Addams.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Arthur Schmidt.   In this superior sequel to the 1991…

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