Radiance (Hikari) (2017)

NAOMI KAWASE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Japan/France, 2017.  Comme des Cinémas, Kino Films, Kumie, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Naomi Kawase.  Produced by Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe.  Music by Ibrahim Maalouf.  Film Editing by Tina Baz.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Ayame Misaki is excellent as a woman who has been assigned the task of writing…

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Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2017)

KIYOSHI KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Japan, 2017.  Django Film, Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sachiko Tanaka, based on the play by Tomohiro Maekawa.  Cinematography by Akiko Ashizawa.  Music by Yûsuke Hayashi.  Film Editing by Kôichi Takahashi.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.   Three aliens come to Earth and take over human bodies, sent here on a scouting mission to get to…

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Dating My Mother (2017)

MIKE ROMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2017.  DMM Movie.  Screenplay by Mike Roma.  Cinematography by Griffin Yu.  Produced by Ashley Hillis.  Music by Michael O’Konis.  Costume Design by Claire Heddles.  Film Editing by Mike Roma.   Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. Danny (Patrick Reilly) lives in New Jersey with his widowed mother Joan (Kathryn Erbe), having moved back in with her after…

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Where Is Kyra? (2017)

ANDREW DOSUNMU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017. Big Indie Pictures, Killer Films, Little Minx, Oldgarth Media.  Story by Andrew Dosunmu, Darci Picoult, Screenplay by Darci Picoult.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by David Hinojosa, Rhea Scott, Christine Vachon.  Music by Philip Miller.  Production Design by Lucio Seixas.  Costume Design by Mobolaji Dawodu.  Film Editing by Oriana Soddu. Michelle Pfeiffer…

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Thoroughbreds (2017)

CORY FINLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2017.  B Story, Big Indie Pictures, June Pictures.  Screenplay by Cory Finley.  Cinematography by Lyle Vincent.  Produced by Andrew Duncan, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Alex Saks, Kevin J. Walsh.  Music by Erik Friedlander.  Production Design by Jeremy Woodward.  Costume Design by Alex Bovaird.  Film Editing by Louise Ford. Two girls in an affluent Connecticut suburb get…

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A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)

JEAN-STEPHANE SAUVAIRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/France/China/Cambodia/USA, 2017.  Senorita Films, Indochina Productions, HanWay Films, Canal+, Cine@, Meridian Entertainment, Symbolic Exchange, Hurricane Films.  Screenplay by Jonathan Hirschbein, Nick Saltrese.  Cinematography by David Ungaro.  Produced by Roy Boulter, Rita Dagher, Sol Papadopoulos, Nicholas Simon.  Music by Nicolas Becker.  Production Design by Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat.  Costume Design by Lupt Utama.  Film Editing by Marc…

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The Wife (2017)

BJORN RUNGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Sweden/USA, 2017.  Tempo Productions Limited, Anonymous Content, Film i Vast, Meta Film, Silver Reel, Spark Film & TV.  Screenplay by Jane Anderson, based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer.  Cinematography by Ulf Brantas.  Produced by Claudia Bluemhuber, Piodor Gustafsson, Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager Sorensen, Piers Tempest.  Music by Jocelyn Pook.  Production Design by Mark Leese.  Costume…

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Double Lover (L’Amant Double) (2017)

FRANCOIS OZON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  France/Belgium, 2017.  Mandarin Films, FOZ, Mars Films, Playtime, France 2 Cinema, Scope Pictures, Canal+, Cine@, France Televisions, A Plus Image 7.  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, in collaboration with Philippe Piazzo, freely adapted from the novel Lives of the Twins by Joyce Carol Oates.  Cinematography by Manuel Dacosse.  Produced by Eric Altmayer, Nicolas…

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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

DAN GILROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada/United Arab Emirates/USA, 2017.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Cross Creek Pictures,  Culture China – Image Nation Abu Dhabi Fund, Escape Artists, First Look Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, LStar Capital, MACRO.  Screenplay by Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Todd Black, Jennifer Fox, Denzel Washington.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by…

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Wonder (2017)

STEPHEN CHBOSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Hong Kong, 2017.  Lionsgate, Mandeville Films, Participant Media, Walden Media.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, Steve Conrad, Jack Thorne, based on the novel by R.J. Palacio.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Kalina Ivanov.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by Mark Livolsi.  Academy Awards 2017.   A little…

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How To Talk To Girls At Parties (2017)

JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Little Punk, See-Saw Films.  Screenplay by Philippa Goslett, John Cameron Mitchell, based on the short story by Neil Gaiman.  Cinematography by Frank G. DeMarco.  Produced by Iain Canning, Howard Gertler, John Cameron Mitchell, Emile Sherman.  Music by Nico Muhly, Jamie Stewart.  Production Design by Helen Scott.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film…

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Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2017)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  France/Belgium, 2017.  Curiosa Films, FD Production, Ad Vitam Production, Versus Production, Centre National de la Cinématographie, OCS, La Banque Postale Image 10, Arte/Cofinova 11, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Cinémage 10.  Screenplay by Christine Angot, Claire Denis, based on the book by Roland Barthes.  Cinematography by Agnes Godard.  Produced…

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