Go For Sisters (2013)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2013.  Anarchist’s Convention Films, Olmos Productions, Go For Films.   Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Kat Westergaard.  Produced by Peter Bobrow, Edward James Olmos, Alejandro Springall.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mara A. Spear.  Costume Design by Dana R. Woods.  Film Editing by John Sayles. John Sayles is in top form…

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Dark Money (2018)

KIMBERLY REED Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Big Sky Film Productions, Big Mouth Productions, Meerkat Media Collective.  Screenplay by Kimberly Reed, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg.  Cinematography by Eric Phillips-Horst, Kimberly Reed, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg.  Produced by Katy Chevigny.  Music by Miriam Cutler.  Film Editing by Jay Arthur Sterrenberg.   Campaign financing, as Ann Ravel puts it in this eyepopping documentary, is…

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Shirkers (2018)

SANDI TAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Cinereach, Doc Society, Shirkers.  Screenplay by Sandi Tan.  Cinematography by Iris Ng.  Produced by Jessica Levin, Maya Rudolph, Sandi Tan.  Music by Ishai Adar.  Film Editing by Lucas Celler, Kimberley Hassett, Sandi Tan.   In 1992, Sandi Tan is a nineteen year-old student and film lover who is determined to make her first…

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A Star Is Born (2018)

BRADLEY COOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Peters Entertainment, Gerber Pictures, Joint Effort, Malpaso Productions, Thunder Road Pictures.  Screenplay by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, based on the screenplay by Moss Hart, the screenplay by John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, and the story by William…

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The Predator (2018)

SHANE BLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA/Canada, 2018.  Twentieth Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Canada Film Capital, Dark Castle Entertainment.  Screenplay by Fred Dekker, Shane Black, based on characters created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by John Davis, Lawrence Gordon.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Martin Whist.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film Editing…

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Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

JOHN CARPENTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1976.  CKK.  Screenplay by John Carpenter.  Cinematography by Douglas Knapp.  Produced by J. Stein Kaplan.  Music by John Carpenter.  Production Design by Tommy Lee Wallace.  Costume Design by Nancy Kyes.  Film Editing by John Carpenter.   Early masterpiece by John Carpenter, and still one of his finest films.  As the Los Angeles police prepare to shut…

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BlackkKlansman (2018)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 2018.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Blumhouse Productions, Legendary Entertainment, Monkeypaw Productions, Perfect World Pictures, QC Entertainment.  Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth.  Cinematography by Chayse Irvin.  Produced by Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele,…

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures,  Skydance Media, TC Productions. Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.  Cinematography by Rob Hardy.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Raphael Benoliel, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, Jake Myers.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Peter Wenham.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film…

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

DESIREE AKHAVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Beachside Films, Parkville Pictures.  Screenplay by Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele, based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth.  Cinematography by Ashley Connor.  Produced by Michael B. Clark, Cecilia Frugiuele, Jonathan Montepare, Alex Turtletaub.  Music by Julian Wass.  Production Design by Markus Kirschner.  Costume Design by Stacey Berman.  Film Editing by Sara Shaw. A…

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Whitney (2018)

KEVIN MACDONALD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Lightbox, Altitude Film Entertainment, Happy Street Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kevin Macdonald.  Cinematography by Nelson Hume.  Produced by Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn, Lisa Erspamer.  Music by Adam Wiltzie.  Film Editing by Sam Rice-Edwards. A second Whitney Houston documentary after Nick Broomfield already ticked off a number of boxes with his film seems…

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Amour Fou (2014)

JESSICA HAUSNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Austria/Luxembourg/Germany, 2014.  Coop99 Filmproduktion, Amour Fou Luxembourg, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH.  Screenplay by Jessica Hausner, dramaturgy by Géraldine Bajard.  Cinematography by Martin Gschlacht.  Produced by Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner.  Production Design by Katharina Woppermann.  Costume Design by Tanja Hausner.  Film Editing by Karina Ressler.  Cannes Film Festival 2014.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.   A soiree among aristocrats in early…

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Virunga (2014)

ORLANDO VON EINSIEDEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Congo, 2014.  Grain Media, Violet Films.  Screenplay by Orlando von Einsiedel.  Cinematography by Franklin Dow.  Produced by Joanna Natasegara, Orlando von Einsiedel.  Music by Patrick Jonsson.  Film Editing by Katie Bryer, Masahiro Hirakubo, Miikka Leskinen, St. John O’Rourke, Peta Ridley.  Academy Awards 2014.   A century of European colonialism in Africa has created no end of…

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