The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Spain, 2016.  Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Crea SGR, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Movistar+, The Queen Picture.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Anne Deluz, Mercedes Gamero, Cristina Huete, Mikel Lejarza.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Juan Pedro de Gaspar. …

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A Simple Favor (2018)

PAUL FEIG Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA, 2018.  Bron Studios, Feigco Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jessica Sharzer, based on the novel by Darcey Bell.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Jefferson Sage.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Brent White.  Anna Kendrick plays a suburban single mom who is…

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The Love Witch (2016)

ANNA BILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA, 2016.  Anna Biller Productions.  Screenplay by Anna Biller.  Cinematography by M. David Mullen.  Produced by Anna Biller.  Music by Anna Biller.  Production Design by Anna Biller.  Costume Design by Anna Biller.  Film Editing by Anna Biller.   There’s usually nothing I love more than a gal whose eyeshadow stays perfect during sex, but other than a…

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The Wicked Lady (1983)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  United Kingdom, 1983.  Golan-Globus Productions, London-Cannon Films.  Screenplay by Leslie Arliss, Michael Winner, additional dialogue by Gordon Glennon, Aimee Stuart, based on the book Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton by Magdalen King-Hall.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Tony Banks.  Production Design by John Blezard.  Costume Design by John…

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At Long Last Love (1975)

PETER BOGDANOVICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1975.  Copa del Oro, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Peter Bogdanovich.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall.  Music by Artie Butler, Lionel Newman.   Production Design by Gene Allen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Mannix.  Film Editing by Douglas Robertson.   Peter Bogdanovich followed his successful run of hits (The Last Picture Show, What’s…

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The Greatest Showman (2017)

MICHAEL GRACEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Screenplay by Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Laurence Mark, Jenno Topping.  Music by John Debney, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Joseph Trapanese.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Cross, Robert Duffy, Joe Hutshing, Michael McCusker,…

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The Mountain Between Us (2017)

HANY ABU-ASSAD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Chris Weitz, J. Mills Goodloe, based on the novel by Charles Martin.  Cinematography by Mandy Walker.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, David Ready, Jenno Topping.  Music by Ramin Djawadi.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Lee Percy.  Toronto…

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Beatriz At Dinner (2017)

MIGUEL ARTETA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2017.  Bron Studios, Killer Films.  Screenplay by Mike White.  Cinematography by Wyatt Garfield.  Produced by Aaron L. Gilbert, David Hinojosa, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Ashley Fenton.  Costume Design by Christina Blackaller.  Film Editing by Jay Deuby.   Salma Hayek is magnificent as a masseuse and healer who drives to Connie Britton‘s mansion…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge) (2017)

JOACHIM RONNING, ESPEN SANDBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA, 2017.  Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Infinitum Nihil.  Story by Jeff Nathanson,Terry Rossio, Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on characters created by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolper.  Cinematography by Paul Cameron.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Geoff Zanelli.  Production Design by Nigel Phelps.  Costume Design by Penny…

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The Black Cat (Gatto Nero)

B.5 (out of 5) One of the many adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s popular horror tale, this time featuring a cat with mystical qualities and a personality bent on murder.  Patrick Magee plays a paranormal investigator who communes with the dead and is part of an investigation of the mysterious suffocation death of two lovers who…

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Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson)

B.5 (out of 5) Robert Carlyle‘s directorial debut stars him as a barber who can’t get any respect at work. His frequent outbursts of temper have turned off both his fellow employees and his customers, forcing his boss to move him to a chair at the back of the shop away from the main action….

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Hail, Caesar!

B.5 (out of 5) It’s 1951 and the post-war boom that has made America the leading industrial country in the world is reflected in the glorious movies being made in Hollywood. Josh Brolin plays the problem solver for a fictional movie studio whose job is to keep stars in line and their projects on track,…

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