Ajami (2009)

SCANDAR COPTI, YARON SHANI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany/Israel, 2009.  Inosan Productions, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion GmbH, ARTE, Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Vertigo Films, World Cinema Fund.  Screenplay by Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani.  Cinematography by Boaz Yehonatan Yaacov.  Produced by Moshe Danon, Thanassis Karathanos, Talia Kleinhendler.  Production Design by Yoav Sinai.  Film Editing by Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani.  Academy Awards…

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The Garden (2008)

SCOTT HAMILTON KENNEDY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2008.  Black Valley Films.  Screenplay by Scott Hamilton Kennedy.  Cinematography by Scott Hamilton Kennedy.  Produced by Scott Hamilton Kennedy.  Music by Doug DeAngelis, Gabriel Tenorio.  Film Editing by Alex Blatt, Tyson FitzGerald, Scott Hamilton Kennedy.  Academy Awards 2009.   Following the devastation of the L.A. riots in 1992, 14 acres of destroyed property in South Central…

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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films.  Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman.  Music by Nicholas Hooper.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.  Academy Awards 2009.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2009.   Yet another academic…

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The Young Victoria (2009)

JEAN-MARC VALLEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2009.  GK Films.  Screenplay by Julian Fellowes.  Cinematography by Hagen Bogdanski.  Produced by Sarah Ferguson, Tim Headington, Graham King, Martin Scorsese.  Music by Ilan Eshkeri.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock, Matt Garner.  Academy Awards 2009.  Golden Globe Awards 2009. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2009.   Toronto International Film Festival 2009. …

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Il Divo (2008)

PAOLO SORRENTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  Il divo: La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti Italy/France, 2008.  Indigo Film, Lucky Red, Parco Film, Babe Film, StudioCanal, Arte France Cinéma, Sky Cinema, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe, Film Commission Torino-Piemonte, Regione Campania, Campania Film Commission, Centre National…

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Coraline (2009)

HENRY SELICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Focus Features, Laika Entertainment, Pandemonium.  Screenplay by Henry Selick, based on the book by Neil Gaiman. Cinematography by Pete Kozachik.  Produced by Claire Jennings, Bill Mechanic, Mary Sandell, Henry Selick.  Music by Bruno Coulais.  Production Design by Henry Selick.  Film Editing by Christopher Murrie, Ronald Saunders.  Academy Awards 2009.  American Film Institute 2009.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Cove

LOUIS PSIHOYOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2009.   Diamond Docs, Fish Films, Oceanic Preservation Society, Participant Media, Quickfire Films.    Screenplay by Mark Monroe.  Cinematography by Brook Aitken.  Produced by Paula DuPré Pesmen, Fisher Stevens.  Music by J. Ralph.   Film Editing by Geoffrey Richman.  Academy Awards 2009.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2009.  National Board of Review Awards 2009. Online Film Critics Awards…

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Burma VJ

ANDERS OSTERGAARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Burma VJ: Reporter I Et Lukket Land Denmark/Sweden/Norway/United Kingdom/USA/Germany/The Netherlands/Israel/Spain/Belgium/Canada, 2008.  Kamoli Films, Magic Hour Films ApS, Mediamente, WG Film.  Cinematography by Simon Plum.  Produced by Lise Lense-Moller.  Music by Conny Malmqvist.  Film Editing by Simon Plum.  Academy Awards 2009.  National Board of Review Awards 2009.   Outstanding documentary that puts absolutely no…

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The Secret Of Kells (2009)

TOMM MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France/Belgium/Ireland, 2009.  Les Armateurs, Vivi Film, Cartoon Saloon, France 2 Cinéma, Euroimages Fund of the Council of Europe, EU Media Plus Program, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Conseil Général de la Charente, Conseil Régional de Poitou Charentes, Piste Rouge, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Broadcasting Commission…

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The Messenger

OREN MOVERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Oscilloscope, Omnilab Media, Sherazade Film Development, BZ Entertainment, The Mark Gordon Company, Good Worldwide. Screenplay by Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, Zach Miller.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Catherine George.  Film Editing by Alex Hall.  Academy Awards 2009.  American…

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The Milk Of Sorrow

BBBB (out of 5) Original title:  La Teta Asustada It doesn’t happen very often that the protagonist of a film walks around with a potato in her vagina for protection; when it does, I suppose the novelty alone demands that the film be viewed. In the case of Claudia Llosa’s fascinating drama, however, there’s much more…

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Food, Inc.

BBBB (out of 5) Images of cows standing in their own manure, beakless chickens in massive barns or immense fields of genetically engineered vegetable crops will have you never wanting to eat again after you see this hard-hitting documentary. It takes apart the mythical image of quaint country farming that is jingoistically invoked on the…

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