The Happy Prince (2018)

RUPERT EVERETT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018.  Maze Pictures, Entre Chien et Loup, Palomar, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Robert Fox Limited, BBC Films, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Daryl Prince Productions, Heimatfilm, Raindog Films.  Screenplay by Rupert Everett.  Cinematography by John Conroy.  Produced by Sebastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze.  Music by Gabriel…

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The Land of Steady Habits (2018)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Likely Story.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, based on the novel by Ted Thompson.  Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Dina Goldman.  Costume Design by Alex Bovaird.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Ben Mendelsohn is enjoying life in early retirement,…

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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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The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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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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Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018)

PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Poland/United Kingdom/France, 2018.  Opus Film, Apocalypso Pictures, MK2 Productions, Arte France, BFI Film Fund, Canal+ Polska, Cinestaan Film Company, City of Lodz, City of Warsaw, EC1 Lódz – Miasto Kultury, Eurimages, Film4, Kino Swiat, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, MK2 Films, Maziowiecki Fundusz Filmowy, Mazovia Region, Mazovia Warsaw Film Fund,…

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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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American Animals (2018)

BART LAYTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Film4, New Amsterdam Film Company, RAW.  Screenplay by Bart Layton.  Cinematography by Ole Bratt Birkeland.  Produced by Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger, Mary Jane Skalski.  Music by Anne Nikitin.  Production Design by Scott Dougan.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing by Nick Fenton, Chris Gill, Julian Hart. An attempt to…

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Eighth Grade (2018)

BO BURNHAM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  A24.  Screenplay by Bo Burnham.  Cinematography by Andrew Wehde.  Produced by Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Christopher Storer, Lila Yacoub.  Music by Anna Meredith.  Production Design by Sam Lisenco.  Costume Design by Mitchell Travers.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lilly.  Golden Globe Awards 2018. Kayla (Elsie Fisher) is thirteen years old and handling it as best as…

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Caged Heat (1974)

JONATHAN DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1974.  Artists Entertainment Complex, Renegade Women Company.  Screenplay by Jonathan Demme.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Samuel W. Gelfman, Evelyn Purcell.  Music by John Cale.  Production Design by Eric Thiermann.  Costume Design by Deborah Paul.  Film Editing by Johanna Demetrakas, Michal Goldman, Carolyn Hicks. Jonathan Demme makes his directorial debut with this shameless exploitation…

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When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

JOHN M. STAHL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1939.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Dwight Taylor, based on the story A Modern Cinderella by James M. Cain.  Cinematography by John J. Mescall.  Produced by John M. Stahl.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.  Academy Awards 1939.   Irene Dunne is a waitress…

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The Verdict (1946)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1946.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Peter Milne, Israel Zangwill.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Ted Smith.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Thomas Reilly.   Sydney Greenstreet gives a deliciously subtle performance as a judge who is removed from his position after a man is…

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