Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream (2012)

ALEX GIBNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA/South Africa, 2012.  ARTE, British Broadcasting Corporation, Danmarks Radio, Democracy Pictures, ITVS International, Jigsaw Productions, NHK, Norsk Rikskringkasting, Steps International, Sveriges Television, The Open University, Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep, Yleisradio, ZDF/Arte.  Screenplay by Alex Gibney, Chad Beck, Adam Bolt.  Cinematography by Ronan Killeen, Lisa Rinzler.  Produced by…

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Rock Of Ages (2012)

ADAM SHANKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 2012.  New Line Cinema, Corner Store Entertainment, Material Pictures, Offspring Entertainment.   Screenplay by Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo, Allan Loeb, based on the musical by Chris D’Arienzo.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Jennifer Gibgot, Garrett Grant, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Scott Prisand, Matt Weaver.  Music…

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The Taste of Money (2012)

SANG-SOO IM Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Original title:  Donui mat South Korea, 2012.  Above the Line Productions.  Screenplay by Sang-soo Im.  Cinematography by Woo-hyung Kim.  Produced by Jill Anoba-Yap.  Music by Hong-jip Kim.  Film Editing by Eun Soo Lee.  Cannes Film Festival 2012.   A powerful, wealthy family headed up by husband Yun-shik Baek and…

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Red Hook Summer (2012)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2012.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee, James McBride.  Cinematography by Kerwin DeVonish.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Bruce Hornsby.  Production Design by Sarah Frank.  Costume Design by Emilio Sosa.  Film Editing by Hye Mee Na.  Flik (Jules Brown) is sent…

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Pitch Perfect (2012)

JASON MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2012.  Brownstone Productions, Gold Circle Films.  Screenplay by Kay Cannon, based on the book by Mickey Rapkin.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks, Max Handelman.  Music by Christophe Beck, Mark Kilian.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Salvador Perez Jr.. …

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The Man Who Laughs (2012)

JEAN-PIERRE AMERIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Original title:  L’homme qui rit France/Czech Republic, 2012.  Incognita Films, EuropaCorp, France 3 Cinema, France 2 Cinema, Okko Productions, DD Productions, Hérodiade, France Télévision, Canal+, Cine@, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Procirep.  Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Améris, Guillaume Laurant, based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  Cinematography by Gerard Simon.  Produced by Thomas…

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Bel Ami (2012)

DECLAN DONNELLAN, NICK ORMEROD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   United Kingdom/Italy, 2012.  Redwave Films, 19 Entertainment, Protagonist Pictures, Rai Cinema.  Screenplay by Rachel Bennette, based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant.  Cinematography by Stefano Falivene.  Produced by Ceri Hughes, Uberto Pasolini.  Music by Lakshman Joseph De Saram, Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Attila Kovacs.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film Editing by Gavin…

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Ernest & Celestine (2012)

STEPHANE AUBIER, VINCENT PATAR, BENJAMIN RENNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Ernest Et Celestine France/Belgium/Luxembourg, 2012.  La Parti Productions, Les Armateurs, Maybe Movies, Mélusine Productions, StudioCanal.  Scenario and dialogue by Daniel Pennac, based on the albums by Gabrielle Vincent.  Produced by Eric Beckman, Didier Brunner, David Jesteadt, Henri Magalon, Stephan Roelants, Michael Sinterniklaas, Vincent Tavier.  Music by Vincent…

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Impossible Choice (2012)

RONALD MARQUISEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 2012.  Screenplay by Ronald Marquisee.  Cinematography by Ronald Marquisee.  Produced by Ronald Marquisee.  Music by Todd Hobin.  Film Editing by Ronald Marquisee.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. Incomprehensible mess that means (possibly) to address the brewing issue of marriage equality in America that, after much confusion in the first half hour, tells the tale of…

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A Coffee In Berlin (2012)

JAN OLE GERSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Alternate title:  Oh Boy Germany, 2012.   Schiwago Film, Chromosom Filmproduktion, Hessischer Rundfunk, ARTE.   Screenplay by Jan Ole Gerster.   Cinematography by Philipp Kirsamer.   Produced by Jorg Himstedt, Marcos Kantis, Birgit Kamper, Martin Lehwald, Michael Pokorny, Alexander Wadouh.   Music by Cherilyn MacNeil, The Major Minors.   Production Design by Juliane Friedrich. …

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The Expendables 2 (2012)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2012.  Millennium Films.  Story by Ken Kaufman, David Agosto, Richard Wenk, Screenplay by Richard Wenk, Sylvester Stallone, based on characters created by Dave Callaham.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Miguel Menendez de Zubillaga, Kevin Kling Templeton, Les Weldon.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Paul Cross.  Costume Design by Lizz…

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Pieta (2012)

KI-DUK KIM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  South Korea, 2012.  Good Film, Finecut, Kim Ki-Duk Film.  Screenplay by Ki-duk Kim.  Cinematography by Young-jik Jo.  Produced by Kim Soon-Mo.  Music by In-young Park. Production Design by Hyun-joo Lee.  Costume Design by Ji-yeon Ji.  Film Editing by Ki-duk Kim.  Toronto International Film Festival 2012.   Gang-do is a hired goon who goes around breaking limbs…

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