Oxhide II (2009)

JIAYIN LIU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Niupi er China, 2009. Screenplay by Jiayin Liu. Cinematography by Jiayin Liu. Film Editing by Jiayin Liu. Jiayin Liu follows up her startling 2005 debut with an even more formally controlled sequel. The camera never leaves the edge of her kitchen table, switching angles only…

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Facing The Ghosts (2009)

JEAN-LOUIS COMOLLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: Face aux fantômes France, 2009. Cinematography by Michel Bort. Film Editing by Ginette Lavigne. This is a highly valuable documentary for anyone who has seen Alain Resnais’ groundbreaking short film Night and Fog.  Historian Sylvie Lindeperg wrote a lengthy, investigative tome analyzing not only Resnais’…

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Women Without Men (2009)

SHIRIN NESHAT, SHOJA AZARI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Original Title: Zanan-e bedun-e mardan Germany/Austria/France/Italy/Ukraine/Morocco/Iran, 2009. Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Coop99 Filmproduktion, Coproduction Office, CinePostproduction, Rommel Film, BIM Distribuzione, EMC Produktion, Sota Cinema Group, Schönheitsfarm Postproduction, Manfred Bunwey Filmproduktion, Agora Films, Sundance Feature Film Program, Osterreichischer Rundfunk, MEDIA Programme of the European Union.  Screenplay by…

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The Girl On The Train (2009)

ANDRE TECHINE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Original Title: La fille du RER France, 2009.  Union Generale Cinematographique, SBS Films, France 2 Cinema, Soficinéma 5, Sofica UGC 1, Canal+, TPS Star, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee.  Screenplay by André Téchiné, Odile Barski, Jean-Marie Besset, based on the play by Jean-Marie Besset. …

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I Hate Valentine’s Day (2009)

NIA VARDALOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.    USA, 2009.  Blue Star Pictures, I Hate Vday Productions, ICB Entertainment Finance, My Bench Productions.  Story by Nia Vardalos, Stephen David, Ben Zook, Screenplay by Nia Vardalos.  Cinematography by Brian Pryzpek.  Produced by Madeleine Sherak, William Sherak, Jason Shuman.  Music by Keith Power.  Production Design by…

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Raging Sun, Raging Sky (2009)

JULIAN HERNANDEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Original title:  Rabioso sol, rabioso cielo Mexico, 2009.  Mil Nubes-Cine, Fondo para la Producción Cinematográfica de Calidad, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos.  Screenplay by Julian Hernandez.  Cinematography by Alejandro Cantú.  Produced by Roberto Fiesco.  Music by Arturo Villela.  Production Design by Carolina Jimenez,…

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The Time That Remains (2009)

ELIA SULEIMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Italy/Belgium/France/Palestine/United Arab Emirates, 2009.  The Film, Nazira Films, France 3 Cinema, Artemis Films, Radio Television Belge Francophone, BIM Distribuzione, Belgacom TV, Corniche Pictures, MBC Group, France 3, Canal+, TPS Star, Eurimages, Tax Shelter ING Invest de Tax Shelter Productions, MEDIA Programme of the European Union. Screenplay…

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Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009)

ISABEL COIXET Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  Spain, 2009.  Mediapro, Versátil Cinema.  Screenplay by Isabel Coixet.  Cinematography by Jean-Claude Larrieu.  Produced by Jaume Roures.  Music by Fatina Montes.  Production Design by Ryo Sugimoto.  Costume Design by Tony Crosbie.  Film Editing by Irene Blecua.  In the opening scene of this movie, a Tokyo businessman laments…

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Passing Strange (2009)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2009.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Stew.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Steve Klein.  Music by Stew.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown. Spike Lee brings movie cameras to a performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show written by musician Stew. The…

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Hadewijch (2009)

BRUNO DUMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   France, 2009.  3B Productions, Arte France Cinéma, C.R.R.A.V. Nord Pas de Calais, Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, X-Filme Creative Pool, Cofinova 5, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Contact Film, Cofinova 4, Soficapital, Région Ile-de-France, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais.  Screenplay by Bruno Dumont.  Cinematography by Yves…

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All Boys (2009)

MARKKU HEIKKINEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   Original title:  Poikien bisnes Finland/Denmark, 2009.  Kinotar.  Screenplay by Markku Heikkinen.  Cinematography by Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen.  Produced by Cilla Werning.  Music by Tobias Wilner.  Film Editing by Joona Louhivuori.   The popularity of handsome young Czech men made for big profits in the gay porn industry at the beginning of the millennium, providing westerners with the…

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Mr. Nobody (2009)

JACO VAN DORMAEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. Belgium/Germany/Canada/France/USA/United Kingdom, 2009.  Pan Européenne, Virtual Films, Christal Films, Pathe, Integral Films, Lago Film, Toto & Co Films, SCOPE Invest, Groupe Un, Caviar Films, ARD Degeto Film, Belga Films, Canal+, Caviar, CineCinema, Climax Films, Deutscher Filmforderfonds, Fortis Film Fund, France 2, France 2 Cinema, France 3, France 3 Cinema,…

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