A Simple Favor (2018)

PAUL FEIG Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA, 2018.  Bron Studios, Feigco Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jessica Sharzer, based on the novel by Darcey Bell.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Jefferson Sage.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Brent White.  Anna Kendrick plays a suburban single mom who is…

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Colette (2018)

WASH WESTMORELAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Number 9 Films, Killer Films, Bold Films, BFI Film Fund.  Story by Richard Glatzer, Screenplay by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens.  Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Pamela Koffler, Michel Litvak, Christine Vachon, Gary Michael Walters, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Thomas Adès.  Production Design by Michael Carlin.  Costume Design by…

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Ikiru (1952)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Japan, 1952.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa,  Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka.  Production Design by Takashi Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Koichi Iwashita.   A mild-manner civil servant (Takashi Shimura, getting a rare lead role from his frequent collaborator Akira Kurosawa) finds out that he…

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How To Get Ahead In Advertising (1989)

BRUCE ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1989.  HandMade Films.  Screenplay by Bruce Robinson.  Cinematography by Peter Hannan.  Produced by David Wimbury.  Music by David Dundas, Rick Wentworth.  Production Design by Michael Pickwoad.  Costume Design by Andrea Galer.  Film Editing by Alan Strachan.   Richard E. Grant reunites with his Withnail and I director Bruce Robinson for another outrageous comedy, this time taking…

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Address Unknown (Suchwiin bulmyeong) (2001)

KI-DUK KIM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  South Korea, 2001.  Kim Ki-Duk Film, LJ Film, Prime Entertainment.  Screenplay by Ki-duk Kim.  Cinematography by Jeong-min Seo.  Produced by Seung-jae Lee.  Music by Ho-jun Park.  Production Design by Ki-duk Kim.  Film Editing by Sung-Won Hahm.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001. Denizens of a barren rural landscape live in a holding pattern in the decades since…

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Brick By Brick: A Civil Rights Story (2007)

BILL KAVANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2007.  Kavanagh Productions.  Cinematography by Peter Stein.  Produced by Bill Kavanagh.  Music by Miki Navazlo.  Film Editing by Sylke Fröchtenigt. Segregation is not just a problem in the southern United States, as this key example of a controversial housing project in the state of New York makes clear.  Decades after neighbourhoods had…

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A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)

JEAN-STEPHANE SAUVAIRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/France/China/Cambodia/USA, 2017.  Senorita Films, Indochina Productions, HanWay Films, Canal+, Cine@, Meridian Entertainment, Symbolic Exchange, Hurricane Films.  Screenplay by Jonathan Hirschbein, Nick Saltrese.  Cinematography by David Ungaro.  Produced by Roy Boulter, Rita Dagher, Sol Papadopoulos, Nicholas Simon.  Music by Nicolas Becker.  Production Design by Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat.  Costume Design by Lupt Utama.  Film Editing by Marc…

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Disraeli (1929)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1929.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julien Josephson, based on the play by Louis N. Parker and the titles by De Leon Anthony.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Music by David Mendoza.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. George Arliss earned an Academy Award for Best Actor as…

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The Predator (2018)

SHANE BLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA/Canada, 2018.  Twentieth Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Canada Film Capital, Dark Castle Entertainment.  Screenplay by Fred Dekker, Shane Black, based on characters created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by John Davis, Lawrence Gordon.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Martin Whist.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film Editing…

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5 Dolls for an August Moon (5 bambole per la luna d’agosto) (1970)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Italy, 1970.  Produzioni Atlas Consorziate.  Story and Screenplay by Mario di Nardo, based on the novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Antonio Rinaldi.  Produced by Luigi Alessi.  Music by Piero Umiliani.  Production Design by Giuseppe Aldrovandi.  Costume Design by Giulia Mafai.  Film Editing by Mario Bava. A wealthy industrialist…

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The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018)

ELI ROTH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, Mythology Entertainment.  Screenplay by Eric Kripke, based on the novel by John Bellairs.  Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers.  Produced by Bradley J. Fischer, Eric Kripke, James Vanderbilt.  Music by Nathan Barr.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Andrew S. Eisen, Fred Raskin.   A boy who carries…

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The Stranger (Lo straniero) (1967)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/France/Algeria, 1967.  Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, Master Film, Marianne Productions, Casbah Film.  Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Georges Conchon, Luchino Visconti, script revisions by Emmanuel Roblès, based on the novel by Albert Camus.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Alfredo De Laurentiis.  Music by Piero Piccioni.  Production Design by Mario Garbuglia.  Costume Design by Piero…

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