Variety (1983)

BETTE GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA/West Germany/United Kingdom, 1983. Variety Motion Pictures, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Channel Four Films, New York State Councils for the Arts and Humanities. Original Story by Bette Gordon, Screenplay by Kathy Acker, Jerry Delamater, Peter Koper, additional dialogue by Nancy Reilly. Cinematography by Tom DiCillo, John Foster. Produced…

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Minari (2020)

LEE ISAAC CHUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020. Plan B Entertainment. Screenplay by Lee Isaac Chung. Cinematography by Lachlan Milne. Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Christina Oh. Music by Emile Mosseri. Production Design by Yong Ok Lee. Costume Design by Susanna Song. Film Editing by Harry Yoon.  A young Korean-American family…

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Blood On Her Name (2019)

MATTHEW POPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2019. Rising Creek. Screenplay by Don M. Thompson, Matthew Pope. Cinematography by Matthew Rogers. Produced by Matthew Pope, Don M. Thompson. Music by Brooke Blair, Will Blair. Production Design by Russ Williamson. Costume Design by Dana Konick. Film Editing by M.R. Boxley. This spare, dark and…

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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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American Honey (2016)

ANDREA ARNOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2016.  Parts and Labor, British Film Institute, Film4, ManDown Pictures, Maven Pictures, Protagonist Pictures, Pulse Films.  Screenplay by Andrea Arnold.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Thomas Benski, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy, Alice Weinberg.  Music by Earworm Music.  Production Design by Kelly McGehee.  Costume Design by…

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The November Man (2014)

ROGER DONALDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2014.  Relativity Media, Irish DreamTime, SPD Films, Das Films, Solution Entertainment Group, PalmStar Media, Merced Media Partners, Boss Collaboration, Envision Entertainment, Knightsbridge Entertainment, No Spies.  Screenplay by Michael Finch, Karl Gajdusek, based on the book There Are No Spies by Bill Granger.  Cinematography by Romain Lacourbas.  Produced by Sriram Das, Beau St….

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The Spitfire Grill (1996)

LEE DAVID ZLOTOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Gregory Productions, The Mendocino Corporation.  Screenplay by Lee David Zlotoff.  Cinematography by Robert Draper.  Produced by Forrest Murray.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Louise Mingenbach.  Film Editing by Margaret Goodspeed.   Sappy small town drama about an ex-convict (Alison Elliott) with a heart of gold who…

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Remember The Titans (2000)

BOAZ YAKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Run It Up Productions Inc., Technical Black, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Gregory Allen Howard.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Deborah Evans.  Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin.  Film Editing by Michael Tronick.   What do you get when you mix manipulative…

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The Rapture (1991)

MICHAEL TOLKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1991.  New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Michael Tolkin.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Karen Koch, Nancy Tenenbaum, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Giovanna Ottobre-Melton.  Film Editing by Suzanne Fenn.   Mimi Rogers plays a swinging single telephone operator who has grown weary of going out with her male…

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Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000)

DOMINIC SENA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, based on the 1974 motion picture by H.B. Halicki.  Cinematography by Paul Cameron.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Jeff Mann.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Roger Barton, Chris Lebenzon, Tom Muldoon.   Even by the standards of…

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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

SUSAN SEIDELMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Leora Barish.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Santo Loquasto.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   Rosanna Arquette plays a bored New Jersey housewife who gets a little excitement in her life when she gets amnesia and…

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The Client (1994)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films.  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, Robert Getchell, based on the novel by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.   The best John Grisham novel adaptation made…

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