Career Girls (1997)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Channel Four Films, Thin Man Films, Matrix Films, Channel 4 Television Corporation.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.   Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams.  Music by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Tony Remy.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Film Editing by Robin Sales. Mike Leigh scores a rare misfire with this drab story…

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

MARIELLE HELLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Archer Gray, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty. Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell.   Music by Nate Heller.  Production Design by Stephen H. Carter.   Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe.  Golden Globe Awards 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Broke,…

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Carry On Doctor (1967)

GERALD THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1967.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Talbot Rothwell.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Peter Rogers.  Music by Eric Rogers.  Production Design by Cedric Dawe.  Costume Design by Yvonne Caffin.  Film Editing by Alfred Roome.   Halfway through the lengthy career of the Carry On films, they’re still winning at the box office and, in this case,…

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Crooklyn (1994)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Child Hood Productions.  Story by Joie Lee, Screenplay by Joie Lee, Spike Lee, Cinqué Lee.  Cinematography by Arthur Jafa.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee…

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Creed II (2018)

STEVEN CAPLE JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., Chartoff-Winkler Productions.  Story by Cheo Hodari Coker, Sascha Penn, Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, Juel Taylor, based on characters created by Ryan Coogler.  Cinematography by Kramer Morgenthau.  Produced by William Chartoff, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King Templeton, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler.  Music by…

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The Commuter (2018)

JAUME COLLET-SERRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Ombra Films, StudioCanal, The Picture Company.  Story by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi, Screenplay by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi, Ryan Engle.  Cinematography by Paul Cameron.  Produced by Alex Heineman, Andrew Rona.  Music by Roque Baños.   Production Design by Richard Bridgland.  Costume Design by Betsy Heinemann, Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Nicolas De Toth….

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Coco (2017)

LEE UNKRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios.  Story by Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, Adrian Molina, Screenplay by Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich.  Cinematography by Matt Aspbury, Danielle Feinberg.  Produced by Darla K. Anderson.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Harley Jessup.  Film Editing by Steve Bloom, Lee Unkrich.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017. Pixar…

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Cartel Land (2015)

MATTHEW HEINEMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  Mexico/USA, 2015.  A&E IndieFilms, Our Time Projects, The Documentary Group, Whitewater Films.  Cinematography by Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll.  Produced by Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin.  Music by Jackson Greenberg, H. Scott Salinas.  Film Editing by Matthew Hamachek, Matthew Heineman, Bradley J. Ross, Pax Wassermann.  Academy Awards 2015.  Gotham Awards 2015.   In Mexico, entire communities are being…

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Creed (2015)

RYAN COOGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Chartoff-Winkler Productions.  Story by Ryan Coogler, Screenplay by Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, based on characters created by Sylvester Stallone.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, William Chartoff, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King Templeton, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Ludwig Göransson.  Production Design by…

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Close-Up (Nema-ye Nazdik) (1990)

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Iran, 1990.  Kanun parvaresh fekri.  Screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami.  Cinematography by Ali Reza Zarrindast.  Produced by Ali Reza Zarrin.  Film Editing by Abbas Kiarostami.   One of the smartest and most emotionally moving films in the Kiarostami canon, this incredible mixture of documentary and dramatic recreation hits depths that will linger with you for days. Its…

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The Corn Is Green (1945)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1945.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Frank Cavett, Casey Robinson, based on the play by Emlyn Williams.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Jack Chertok.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Frederick Richards.  Academy Awards 1945. This fully vibrant adaptation of Emlyn Williams’ successful stage play is…

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Carousel (1956)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron, adapted by Benjamin Glazer, based on the stage book by Oscar Hammerstein II, from the musical play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke.  Produced by Henry Ephron.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by…

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