Torch Singer (1933)

ALEXANDER HALL, GEORGE SOMNES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1933. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, Lynn Starling, based on the story Mike by Grace Perkins. Cinematography by Karl Struss. Produced by Albert Lewis. Music by Ralph Rainger. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Eda Warren. Claudette Colbert is excellent…

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The Virtuous Sin (1930)

GEORGE CUKOR, LOUIS J. GASNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1930. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Martin Brown, scenario by Louise Long, based on the play by Lajos Zilahy. Cinematography by David Abel. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Otho Lovering. The plot of this melodramatic soap opera is not one that…

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After Yang (2021)

KOGONADA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2021. A24, Cinereach, Per Capita Productions. Screenplay by Kogonada, based on the short story Saying Goodbye To Yang by Alexander Weinstein. Cinematography by Benjamin Loeb. Produced by Andrew Goldman, Caroline Kaplan, Paul Mezey, Theresa Park. Music by ASKA. Production Design by Alexander Schaller. Costume Design by Arjun…

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All About Mankiewicz (1983)

LUC BERAUD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB France, 1983. Filmédis, Janus Film. Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz, Michael Teutsch. Produced by Klaus Hellwig. Film Editing by Juliette Welfling. In 1983, director Luc Beraud and interviewer Michel Ciment convinced 74 year-old writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz to sit for their cameras and give a generous, nearly two…

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Krzysztof Kieslowski: I’m So-So… (1995)

KRZYSZTOF WIERZBICKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Poland/Denmark, 1995. Danish Broadcast Corporation, Kulturmode Film, Statens Filmcentral. Screenplay by Krzysztof Wierzbicki. Cinematography by Jacek Petrycki. Produced by Karen Hjort. Music by Zbigniew Preisner. Film Editing by Marion Fiedler. Having already enjoyed the success of 1994’s Red, which he premiered at Cannes and, during the press…

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The Northman (2022)

ROBERT EGGERS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2022. New Regency Productions, Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures, Square Peg, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Sjón, Robert Eggers. Cinematography by Jarin Blaschke. Produced by Robert Eggers, Mark Huffam, Lars Knudsen, Arnon Milchan, Alexander Skarsgård. Music by Robin Carolan, Sebastian Gainsborough. Production Design by Craig Lathrop. Costume…

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By the Grace of God (2018)

FRANCOIS OZON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Grâce à Dieu France/Belgium, 2018. Mandarin Films, FOZ, Mars Films, France 2 Cinema, Scope Pictures, Playtime, OCS, France Televisions, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, La Région Île-de-France, La Banque Postale Image 12, Indéfilms 7, Cofinova 15, A Plus Image 8, SG Image…

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Boiling Point (2021)

PHILIP BARANTINI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 2021. Ascendant Films, Burton Fox Films, White Hot Productions, Three Little Birds Pictures, Alpine Films, Bromantics, Insight Media Fund, Matriarch Productions, Urban Way Productions. Screenplay by Philip Barantini, James Cummings. Cinematography by Matthew Lewis. Produced by Hester Ruoff, Bart Ruspoli. Music by Aaron May, David…

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Tuya’s Marriage (2006)

QUAN’AN WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Tuya de hun shi China, 2006. Maxyee Culture Industry, Xian Motion Picture Company. Screenplay by Wei Lu, Quan’an Wang. Cinematography by Lutz Reitemeier. Produced by Jugang Yan. Film Editing by Quan’an Wang. Working land that is slowly becoming a desert is challenging for a family…

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Writing With Fire (2021)

SUSHMIT GHOSH, RINTU THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB India, 2021. Black Ticket Films. Cinematography by Sushmit Ghosh, Karan Thapliyal. Produced by Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas. Music by Ishaan Chhabra, Tajdar Junaid. Film Editing by Anne Fabini, Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas. Fourteen years into the existence of the Khabar Lahariya news service, directors Sushmit…

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A Song To Remember (1945)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1945. Columbia Pictures. Story by Ernst Marischka, Screenplay by Sidney Buchman. Cinematography by Allen M. Davey, Tony Gaudio. Produced by Sidney Buchman, Louis F. Edelman. Music by Morris Stoloff. Production Design by Lionel Banks, Van Nest Polglase. Costume Design by Walter Plunkett. Film Editing by Charles…

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Shaun The Sheep Movie (2015)

MARK BURTON, RICHARD STARZAK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/France/USA, 2015. StudioCanal, Aardman Animations, Anton, Amazon Prime Video, StudioCanal International. Screenplay by Mark Burton, Richard Starzak, based on characters created by Nick Park. Cinematography by Charles Copping, Dave Alex Riddett. Produced by Paul Kewley, Julie Lockhart. Music by Ilan Eshkeri. Production Design by…

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