First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by…

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Topaz (1969)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1969.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Samuel A. Taylor, based on the novel by Leon Uris.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler. Alfred Hitchcock returns to a Cold War theme following his underwhelming Torn Curtain, this…

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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 Design…

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Harry And The Hendersons (1987)

WILLIAM DEAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by William Dear, Bill Martin, Ezra D. Rappaport.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by William Dear, Richard Vane.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Jim Bissell.  Costume Design by Peter V. Saldutti, Marla Denise Schlom.  Film Editing by Donn Cambern.  Academy Awards 1987. A vacation in Mt. Rainier national…

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A Very Special Favor (1965)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1965.  The Lankershim Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Nate Monaster.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Stanley Shapiro.  Music by Vic Mizzy.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Walter M. Simonds.  Costume Design by Yves Saint-Laurent.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   Lawyer Charles Boyer, is appalled to learn that the reason he lost a…

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Animal House (1978)

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1978.  Universal Pictures, Oregon Film Factory, Stage III Productions.  Screenplay by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller.  Cinematography by Charles Correll.  Produced by Ivan Reitman, Matty Simmons.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by John J. Lloyd.  Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by George Folsey Jr. The campus comedy that launched decades of…

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

J.A. BAYONA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment, Perfect World Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Oscar Faura.  Produced by Belen Atienza, Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Andy Nicholson.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by Bernat Vilaplana. With the…

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Family Plot

BBB (out of 5) A wealthy dowager (Cathleen Nesbitt) enlists her psychic (Barbara Harris) to help her with a very private family matter: years ago she forced her sister to give up her illegitimate son for adoption and, now nearing her death without an heir in sight, wants to find the lost child and bequeath…

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The Man Who Laughs (1928)

PAUL LENI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1928.  Universal Pictures.  Titles by Walter Anthony, adaptation and continuity by J. Grubb Alexander, based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  Cinematography by Gilbert Warrenden.  Produced by Carl Laemmle.  Music by William Axt, Sam Perry, Erno Rapee.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall, Thomas F. O’Neill, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by David Cox,…

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Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

JAMES FOLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2018.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by E.L. James.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, E.L. James, Marcus Viscidi.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by David S. Clark, Richard Francis-Bruce, Debra Neil-Fisher.   We all…

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Show Boat (1936)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1936.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on his stage play adapted from the novel by Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by John J. Mescall.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Victor Baravalle, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Doris Zinkeisen.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton, Ted…

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Smokey and the Bandit

BBB.5 (out of 5) Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed are hired to move a truckload of Coors beer from Texas to Georgia (something that was illegal at the time) in barely more than a day, which they’re happy to do for the fat payload waiting for them at the end of it.  Reynolds’ part of…

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