The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, segment All Gold Canyon based on a story by Jack London, segment The Gal Who Got Rattled inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,…

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Ben Is Back (2018)

PETER HEDGES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Black Bear Pictures, 30West, Color Force.  Screenplay by Peter Hedges.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Peter Hedges, Nina Jacobson, Teddy Schwarzman, Brad Simpson.  Music by Dickon Hinchliffe.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Ian Blume.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Julia Roberts is preparing for Christmas Eve…

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Burning (Beoning) (2018)

CHANG-DONG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  South Korea, 2018.   Pine House Film, NHK, Now Films.  Screenplay by Jungmi Oh, Chang-dong Lee, based on the short story Barn Burning by Haruki Murakami.  Cinematography by Kyung-pyo Hong.  Produced by Chang-dong Lee, Gwang-hee Ok.  Music by Mowg.  Production Design by Jum-hee Shin.  Costume Design by Choong-yeon Lee.  Film Editing by Da-won Kim, Hyun Kim.  Cannes Film…

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Boy Erased (2018)

JOEL EDGERTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/Australia, 2018.  Anonymous Content, Blue-Tongue Films, Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures.  Screenplay by Joel Edgerton, based on the memoir by Garrard Conley.  Cinematography by Eduard Grau.  Produced by Joel Edgerton, Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts.  Music by Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans.  Production Design by Chad Keith.  Costume Design by Trish Summerville.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.  Golden Globe…

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Bohemian Rhapsody

BRYAN SINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  GK Films, New Regency Pictures, Queen Films Ltd., Regency Enterprises, Tribeca Productions.  Story by Anthony McCarten, Peter Morgan, Screenplay by Anthony McCarten.   Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Jim Beach, Robert De Niro, Graham King.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Aaron Haye.  Costume Design by Julian Day.  Film Editing…

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The Boss Baby (2017)

TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2017.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, based on the book by Marla Frazee.  Produced by Ramsey Ann Naito.  Music by Steve Mazzaro, Hans Zimmer.  Film Editing by James Ryan.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.   A young boy’s perfect life as the top priority of his loving parents is dashed when they come home from the hospital…

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Black Panther (2018)

RYAN COOGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole, based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Rachel Morrison.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Ludwig Göransson.  Production Design by Hannah Beachler.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Debbie Berman, Michael P. Shawyer.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Bamboozled (2000)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2000.  New Line Cinema, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   A television producer with lofty ideals (Damon…

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Beach Rats (2017)

ELIZA HITTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Cinereach, Animal Kingdom, Secret Engine.  Screenplay by Eliza Hittman.  Cinematography by Helene Louvart.  Produced by Brad Becker-Parton, Andrew Goldman, Drew P. Hout, Paul Mezey.  Music by Nicholas Leone.  Production Design by Grace Yun.  Costume Design by Olga Mill.  Film Editing by Scott Cummings, Joe Murphy.  Gotham Awards 2017.  A sullen Coney Island teenager (Harris Dickinson) spends…

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The Big Sick (2017)

MICHAEL SHOWALTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Apatow Productions, FilmNation Entertainment, Story Ink.  USA, 2017.  Screenplay by Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani.  Cinematography by Brian Burgoyne.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Brandon Tonner-Connolly.  Costume Design by Sarah Mae Burton.  Film Editing by Robert Nassau.  Academy Awards 2017.   Gotham Awards 2017 Real-life couple Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon have…

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The BFG (2016)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 2016.  Walt Disney Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Walden Media, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, DreamWorks, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Melissa Mathison, based on the book by Roald Dahl.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Frank Marshall, Sam Mercer, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Joanna…

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Best Of Enemies (2015)

MORGAN NEVILLE, ROBERT GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2015.  Media Ranch, Motto Pictures, Tremolo Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville.  Cinematography by David Leonard, Mark Schwartzbard, Graham Willoughby.  Produced by Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville.  Music by Jonathan Kirkscey.  Production Design by Scott Grossman.  Film Editing by Eileen Meyer, Aaron Wickenden.   Political campaigns have become a fully televised experience by the…

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