Racing Extinction (2015)

LOUIE PSIHOYOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/China/Hong Kong/Indonesia/Mexico/United Kingdom/Japan, 2015.  Oceanic Preservation Society, Okeanos – Foundation For The Sea, Insurgent Docs, Diamond Docs, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Earth Day Texas, Li Ka Shing Foundation, Ripple Effect, Vulcan Productions.  Screenplay by Mark Monroe.  Cinematography by John Behrens, Shawn Heinrichs, Sean Kirby, Petr…

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Boy And The World (2013)

ALE ABREU Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.   Original title:  O Menino e o Mundo Brazil, 2013.  Filme de Papel.  Screenplay by Alê Abreu.  Produced by Fernanda Carvalho, Tita Tessler.  Music by Ruben Feffer, Gustavo Kurlat.  Film Editing by Alê Abreu.  Academy Awards 2015. Beautifully rendered tale that has no (discernible) dialogue and whose simple animation style emphasizes rough drawings with bright colours. …

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The Hunting Ground (2015)

KIRBY DICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2015.  Chain Camera Pictures.  Screenplay by Kirby Dick.  Cinematography by Aaron Kopp, Thaddeus Wadleigh.  Produced by Amy Ziering.  Music by Miriam Cutler.  Film Editing by Douglas Blush, Derek Boonstra, Kim Roberts.  Academy Awards 2015. Kirby Dick follows his searing documentary on sexual assault in the military with a corresponding film that examines the issue…

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

SAM TAYLOR-JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2015.  Focus Features, Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street Productions.  Screenplay by Kelly Marcel, based on the novel by E.L. James.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, E.L. James.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates, Lisa…

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The Look Of Silence (2014)

JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Denmark/Indonesia/Finland/Norway/United Kingdom/Israel/France/USA/Germany/Netherlands, 2014.  Anonymous, Final Cut for Real, Making Movies Oy, Participant Media, Piraya Film A/S, Spring Films. Cinematography by Lars Skree.  Produced by Signe Byrge Sorensen.  Music by Seri Banang, Mana Tahan.   Film Editing by Nils Pagh Andersen.  Academy Awards 2015.   Boston Film Critics Awards 2015.   Gotham Awards 2015.  Independent Spirit Awards…

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A War (2015)

TOBIAS LINDHOLM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Krigen Denmark, 2015.  Danmarks Radio, Det Danske Filminstitut, Nordisk Film Production, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Studio Canal.  Screenplay by Tobias Lindholm.  Cinematography by Magnus Nordenhof Jonck.  Produced by Rene Ezra, Tomas Radoor.  Music by Sune Wagner.  Production Design by Thomas Greve.  Costume Design by Louize Nissen.  Film Editing by Adam Nielsen.  Academy Awards 2015.   Danish soldiers…

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Embrace Of The Serpent (2015)

CIRO GUERRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  El Abrazo De La Serpiente Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina, 2015.  Buffalo Films, Buffalo Producciones, Caracol Televisión, Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía, Ciudad Lunar Producciones, Dago García Producciones, Hubert Bals Fund, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, MC Producciones, Nortesur Producciones, Programa Ibermedia.  Screenplay by Ciro Guerra, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal, based…

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Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom (2015)

EVGENY AFINEEVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/Ukraine/USA, 2015.  Afineevsky – Tolmor Production, Campbell Grobman Films, Netflix, Passion Pictures, Pray for Ukraine Production, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment, Rock Paper Scissors, SPN Production, UkrStream TV.  Screenplay by Den Tolmor.  Cinematography by Evgeny Afineevsky, Oleg Tandalov, Maxim Bernakevich, Ruslan Ganushchak, Eduard Georgadze, Inna Goncharova, Kostyantyn Ignatchuk, Alex Kashpur,…

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Cartel Land (2015)

MATTHEW HEINEMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.   Mexico/USA, 2015.  A&E IndieFilms, Our Time Projects, The Documentary Group, Whitewater Films.  Cinematography by Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll.  Produced by Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin.  Music by Jackson Greenberg, H. Scott Salinas.  Film Editing by Matthew Hamachek, Matthew Heineman, Bradley J. Ross, Pax Wassermann.  Academy Awards 2015.  Gotham Awards 2015.  Online Film Critics Awards 2015….

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

F. GARY GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2015.  Universal Pictures, Legendary Entertainment, New Line Cinema, Cube Vision, Crucial Films, Broken Chair Flickz.  Story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, Andrea Berloff, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Matt Alvarez, Scott Bernstein, Dr. Dre, F. Gary Gray, Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright.  Music by…

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Mustang (2015)

DENIZ GAMZE ERGUVEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Turkey/France/Qatar/Germany, 2015.  CG Cinéma, Vistamar Filmproduktion, Uhlandfilm, Bam Film, Kinology,Canal+, Cine+, ZDF/Arte, Eurimages, Turkish Culture Ministry, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Filmforderungsanstalt, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Doha Film Institute.  Screenplay by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour.  Cinematography by David Chizallet, Ersin Gok.  Produced by Charles Gillibert.  Music by Warren Ellis.  Production Design by Serdar…

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The Revenant (2015)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2015.  Regency Enterprises, RatPac Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Anonymous Content, M Productions, Appian Way, Alpha Pictures, CatchPlay, Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l..  Screenplay by Mark L. Smith, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, based in part on the novel by Michael Punke.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Steve Golin, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, David…

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