They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   United Kingdom/New Zealand, 2018.  House Productions, Trustees of the Imperial War Museum London, WingNut Films.  Produced by Peter Jackson, Clare Olssen.  Film Editing by Jabez Olssen. To commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the November 11 armistice, the Imperial War Museum asked director Peter Jackson to create a film that would…

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Three Identical Strangers (2018)

TIM WARDLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2018.  RAW.  Cinematography by Tim Cragg.  Produced by Tara Elwood, Grace Hughes-Hallett, Becky Read.  Music by Paul Saunderson.  Costume Design by Dawn Thompson.  Film Editing by Michael Harte. Bobby Shafran starts college in the early eighties and has something very unusual happen to him on the first day that he moves in…

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This Land Is Mine (1943)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1943.  Jean-Renoir- Dudly Nichols Productions, RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols.  Cinematography by Frank Redman.  Produced by Dudley Nichols, Jean Renoir.  Music by Lothar Perl.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Renié.  Film Editing by Frederic Knudtson.  Academy Awards 1943. An small, unnamed European country is suffering under Nazi occupation, the brutish…

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22 July (2018)

PAUL GREENGRASS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Norway/Iceland/USA, 2018.  Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Greengrass, based on the book One of Us by Åsne Seierstad.  Cinematography by Pål Ulvik Rokseth.  Produced by Eli Bush, Gregory Goodman, Paul Greengrass, Scott Rudin.  Music by Sune Martin.  Production Design by Liv Ask.  Costume Design by Margrét Einarsdóttir.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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Transit (2018)

CHRISTIAN PETZOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Germany/France, 2018.  Schramm Film, Neon Productions, Arte France Cinéma, ZDF/Arte, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Angelegenheiten der Kultur und der Medien, Filmförderungsanstalt, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.  Screenplay by Christian Petzold, based on the novel by Anna Seghers.  Cinematography by Hans Fromm.  Produced by Antonin Dedet, Florian Koerner…

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Taekwondo (2016)

MARCO BERGER, MARTIN FARINA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Argentina, 2016.  Oh My Gomez! Films.  Screenplay by Marco Berger.  Cinematography by Martín Farina.  Produced by Verónica Argencio, Marco Berger, Martín Farina.  Music by Pedro Irusta.  Production Design by Marco Berger.  Film Editing by Marco Berger. Marco Berger, co-directing with Martin Farina, once again takes us into the cinematic realm of gorgeous young…

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Topaz (1969)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1969.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Samuel A. Taylor, based on the novel by Leon Uris.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler. Alfred Hitchcock returns to a Cold War theme following his underwhelming Torn Curtain, this…

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Thoroughbreds (2017)

CORY FINLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2017.  B Story, Big Indie Pictures, June Pictures.  Screenplay by Cory Finley.  Cinematography by Lyle Vincent.  Produced by Andrew Duncan, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Alex Saks, Kevin J. Walsh.  Music by Erik Friedlander.  Production Design by Jeremy Woodward.  Costume Design by Alex Bovaird.  Film Editing by Louise Ford. Two girls in an affluent Connecticut suburb get…

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Tall Story (1960)

JOSHUA LOGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1960.  Mansfield Productions.  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, based on the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, from the novel by Howard Nemerov.  Cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks.  Produced by Joshua Logan.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Jack Poplin.  Costume Design by Kay Nelson.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Tunisian Victory (1944)

JOHN HUSTON, HUGH STEWART, FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1944.  British Service Units, U.S. Army Signal Corps. Screenplay by Anthony Veiller.  Cinematography by D. Gallai-Hatchard, Harry Rignold.  Music by William Alwyn.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke.   This film on the North African campaign to stem the spread of Nazi power came out a year after Desert Victory covered a…

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

MARTIN McDONAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Blueprint Pictures.  Screenplay by Martin McDonagh.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Martin McDonagh. Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Inbal Weinberg.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Jon Gregory.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Independent Spirit Awards 2017. Toronto International Film Festival 2017. The sleepy little…

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13th (2016)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Kandoo Films.  Screenplay by Spencer Averick, Ava DuVernay.  Cinematography by Hans Charles, Kira Kelly.  Produced by Spencer Averick, Howard Barish, Ava DuVernay.  Music by Jason Moran.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.  Academy Awards 2016.   Ava DuVernay follows her critically acclaimed Selma with a documentary that looks further into the history of racial inequality in America….

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