Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant tuna…

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Support The Girls (2018)

ANDREW BUJALSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Burn Later Productions, Houston King Productions.  Screenplay by Andrew Bujalski.  Cinematography by Matthias Grunsky.  Produced by Houston King, Sam Slater.  Production Design by Jake Kuykendall.  Costume Design by Colin Wilkes.  Film Editing by Karen Skloss.   Regina Hall plays the manager of a Hooters-esque restaurant who takes her job seriously, and on this particular…

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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Second Act (2018)

PETER SEGAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2018.  STX Entertainment.  Screenplay by Justin Zackham, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.  Cinematography by Ueli Steiger.  Produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medina, Justin Zackham.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Molly Rogers.  Film Editing by Jason Gourson. Jennifer Lopez returns to a starring role for the first time in three…

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Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018)

HIROKAZU KOREEDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Japan, 2018.  AOI Promotion, Fuji Television Network, GAGA.  Screenplay by Hirokazu Koreeda.  Cinematography by Ryûto Kondô.  Music by Haruomi Hosono.  Production Design by Keiko Mitsumatsu. Costume Design by Kazuko Kurosawa.  Film Editing by Hirokazu Koreeda.  Cannes Film Festival 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018.  Golden Globe Awards 2018. Hirokazu Kore-eda revisits the dynamics of Still Walking but set within…

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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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The Sea of Grass (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts, Vincent Lawrence, based on the novel by Conrad Richter.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..    Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Valles.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Katharine Hepburn leaves the bustling city of…

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Stepping Out (1991)

LEWIS GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Harris, based on his play.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Lewis Gilbert.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Alicia Keywan.  Costume Design by Candy Paterson.  Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.  Richard Harris’ community theatre favourite gets its shot at the big screen, and the results are…

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Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Italy/USA, 1993.  Filmauro, International Traders, United Artists.  Story by Blake Edwards, Screenplay by Blake Edwards, Madeline Sunshine, Steven Sunshine, based on characters created by Maurice Richlin, Blake Edwards.  Cinematography by Dick Bush.  Produced by Tony Adams, Friend Michael Wells.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Peter Mullins.  Costume Design by Annie Crawford.   Film Editing…

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The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Parfumerie (Illatszertár) by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   A clothing store in Budapest is the centre of plenty of drama in this cynical…

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Secret In Their Eyes (2015)

BILLY RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Spain/South Korea, 2015.  IM Global, STX Entertainment, Route One Entertainment, Union Investment Partners, Gran Via Productions, SITE Productions, Willies Movies, Ingenious Media.  Screenplay by Billy Ray, based on the film El Secreto De Sus Ojos by Juan Jose Campanella, Eduardo Sacheri.  Cinematography by Daniel Moder.  Produced by Matt Jackson, Mark Johnson.  Music by…

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Super Dark Times (2017)

KEVIN PHILLIPS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Higher Content, Lila 9th Productions, Neighborhood Watch, Om Films, Ways & Means.  Screenplay by Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski.  Cinematography by Eli Born.  Produced by Edward Parks, Richard Peete, Jett Steiger.  Music by Ben Frost.  Production Design by Jasmine Ballou Jones.  Costume Design by Stephani Lewis.  Film Editing by Ed Yonaitis.  Independent Spirit Awards 2017. Atmospheric and…

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