Last Days In Vietnam (2014)

RORY KENNEDY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Moxie Firecracker Films.  USA, 2014.  Screenplay by Mark Bailey, Keven McAlester.  Cinematography by Joan Churchill.  Produced by Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester.  Music by Gary Lionelli.  Film Editing by Don Kleszy.  Academy Awards 2014.   With the Paris Peace Accords signed in 1973, a cease-fire has been confirmed between North and South Vietnam, American military presence has been removed…

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Isle of Dogs (2018)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/Germany, 2018.  American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, Screenplay by Wes Anderson.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Paul Harrod, Adam Stockhausen.  Film Editing by Edward…

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

DON HALL, CHRIS WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2014.  FortyFour Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Jordan Roberts, Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, based on the Big Hero 6 team and characters created by Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Kelly, Joe Casey.  Cinematography by Rob Dressel.  Produced by Roy Conli.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production…

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Last Men In Aleppo (De sidste mænd i Aleppo) (2017)

FERAS FAYYAD, STEEN JOHANNESSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Denmark/Syria, 2017.  Aleppo Media Center, Larm Film, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH, Danish Film Institute, AFAC – The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Cinereach, IDFA BERTHA Fund, International Documentary Association, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.  Screenplay by Feras Fayyad.  Cinematography by Mujahed About Al Joud, Fadi Al Halabi, Hassan Kattan, Thaer…

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The Emigrants (Utvandrarna)

BBBBB (out of 5) Max von Sydow plays a poor Swedish farmer who asks Liv Ullmann to be his wife and she accepts.  They take over his father’s farm, have children and live through good and bad crops, the joys and sorrows of parenting and taking part in their community until the truth of their situation…

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Loving Vincent (2017)

DOROTA KOBIELA, HUGH WELCHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Poland/United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  BreakThru Productions, Trademark Films, Silver Reel, Odra Film, Centrum Technologii Audiowizualnych, Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej, RBF Productions, Sevenex Capital Partners.  Screenplay by Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Jacek Dehnel.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver, Lukasz Zal.  Produced by Sean M. Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Matthew…

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Phantom Thread (2017)

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2017.  Annapurna Pictures, Focus Features, Ghoulardi Film Company, Perfect World Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Cinematography by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar.  Music by Jonny Greenwood.  Production Design by Mark Tildesley.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Shape Of Water (2017)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Canada/USA, 2017.  Bull Productions, Double Dare You, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Story by Guillermo del Toro, Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor.  Cinematography by Dan Laustsen.  Produced by J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.   Production Design by Paul D. Austerberry.  Costume Design by Luis Sequeira.  Film Editing by Sidney Wolinsky.  Academy Awards…

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Show Boat (1936)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1936.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on his stage play adapted from the novel by Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by John J. Mescall.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Victor Baravalle, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Doris Zinkeisen.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton, Ted…

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Sounder

BBBBB (out of 5) A poor family of sharecroppers in early 1930s Louisiana are having such a difficult time getting by that dad Paul Winfield is compelled to steal food from a neighbour.  Immediately arrested and sent to prison for a year, he leaves behind a wife (Cicely Tyson) and three children to take care of…

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Dunkirk (2017)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/Netherlands/France/USA, 2017.  Syncopy, Warner Bros., Dombey Street Productions, Kaap Holland Film,  Canal+, Cine+, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Lee Smith.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.   British and French…

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America, America

BBBBB (out of 5) After a decade of scintillating stage and literary adaptations, director Elia Kazan turns to more autobiographical material with a beautifully wrought film that might just be his masterpiece.  Himself born to a Greek family in Istanbul, Kazan tells the tale of his uncle who, in the late nineteenth century, conceived of…

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