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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The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA/Germany, 1997.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Kopelson Entertainment, Taurus Film, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy, based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by…

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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

JAKE KASDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2017.  Columbia Pictures, Matt Tolmach Productions, Radar Pictures, Seven Bucks Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Story by Chris McKenna, Screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, based on the film Jumanji, story by Greg Taylor, Jim Strain, Chris Van Allsburg, screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor, Jim…

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

NICHOLAS STOLLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/China, 2016.  Universal Pictures, Perfect World Pictures, Point Grey Pictures, Good Universe.  Screenplay by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, based on characters created by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by…

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Face To Face (1967)

SERGIO SOLLIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/Spain, 1967.  Produzioni Europee Associate, Arturo González Producciones Cinematográficas.  Story by Sergio Sollima, Screenplay by Sergio Donati, Sergio Sollima.  Cinematography by Rafael Pacheco.  Produced by Alberto Grimaldi.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Carlo Simi.  Costume Design by Carlo Simi.  Film Editing by Eugenio Alabiso.  Gian Maria Volonte plays a mild-mannered professor who leaves the…

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The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

IDA LUPINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1953.  RKO Radio Pictures, The Filmakers.  Screenplay by Collier Young, Ida Lupino, adaptation by Robert L. Joseph.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Collier Young.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Film Editing by Douglas Stewart. This efficient thriller might be the best of the films that…

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Hurricane (1979)

JAN TROELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA/Netherlands, 1979.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Famous Films.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the novel by James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.  Dino De Laurentiis was so satisfied…

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Burn! (Queimada) (1969)

GILLO PONTECORVO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/France, 1969.  Produzioni Europee Associate, Les Productions Artistes Associés.  Story and Screenplay by Franco Solinas, Giorgio Arlorio, based on novels by Norman Gant.  Cinematography by Marcello Gatti, Giuseppe Ruzzolini.  Produced by Alberto Grimaldi.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Sergio Canevari.  Costume Design by Marilù Carteny.  Film Editing by Mario Morra.  Toronto International Film Festival 1977. …

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