Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

DAN GILROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Canada/United Arab Emirates/USA, 2017.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Cross Creek Pictures,  Culture China – Image Nation Abu Dhabi Fund, Escape Artists, First Look Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, LStar Capital, MACRO.  Screenplay by Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Todd Black, Jennifer Fox, Denzel Washington.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design…

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Wonder (2017)

STEPHEN CHBOSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/Hong Kong, 2017.  Lionsgate, Mandeville Films, Participant Media, Walden Media.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, Steve Conrad, Jack Thorne, based on the novel by R.J. Palacio.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Kalina Ivanov.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by Mark Livolsi.  Academy Awards 2017.  Phoenix…

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The Breadwinner (2017)

NORA TWOMEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 2017.  Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon, Mélusine Productions, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Gaia Entertainment, Gkids, Guru Animation Studio, Jolie Pas Productions.  Screen story by Deborah Ellis, Screenplay by Anita Doron, based on the book by Deborah Ellis.  Produced by Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young.  Music by Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna.  Production…

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Ferdinand (2017)

CARLOS SALDANHA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.    USA, 2017.  Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Screen story by Ron Burch, David Kidd, Don Rhymer, Screenplay by Robert L. Baird, Tim Federle, Brad Copeland, based on the book by Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson.  Cinematography by Renato Falcao.  Produced by Bruce Anderson, Lori Forte, Lisa Marie Stetler.  Music by John…

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Baby Driver (2017)

EDGAR WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.    United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  TriStar Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Double Negative, Big Talk Productions, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Edgar Wright.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nira Park.  Music by Steven Price.  Production Design by Marcus Rowland.  Costume Design by Courtney Hoffman.  Film Editing by Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss.  Academy…

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

STEVE JAMES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2016.  Blue Ice Films, Kartemquin Films, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures.  Cinematography by Tom Bergmann.  Produced by Julie Goldman, Mark Mitten.  Music by Joshua Abrams.  Production Design by Christine Cornell, Matthew Taylor.  Film Editing by John Farbrother, David E. Simpson.  Academy Awards 2017.  National Board of Review Awards 2017. North Carolina Film Critics Awards…

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Icarus (2017)

BRYAN FOGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2017.  Alex Productions, Diamond Docs, Impact Partners, The Lagralane Group, Rise Films.  Screenplay by Jon Bertain, Bryan Fogel, Mark Monroe, Timothy Rode. Cinematography by Jake Swantko, Timothy Rode.  Produced by Dan Cogan, David Fialkow, Bryan Fogel, Jim Swartz, Tessa Treadway.  Music by Adam Peters.  Production Design by Jon Bertain.  Film Editing by Jon Bertain,…

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The Boss Baby (2017)

TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2017.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, based on the book by Marla Frazee.  Produced by Ramsey Ann Naito.  Music by Steve Mazzaro, Hans Zimmer.  Film Editing by James Ryan.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  North Carolina Film Critics Awards 2017.   A young boy’s perfect life as the top priority of his loving parents is dashed…

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Marshall (2017)

REGINALD HUDLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2017.  Chestnut Ridge Productions, China Wit Media, Starlight Media, Super Hero Films.  Screenplay by Jacob Koskoff, Michael Koskoff.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Reginald Hudlin, Jonathan Sanger, Paula Wagner.  Music by Marcus Miller.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Tom McArdle.  Academy Awards 2017.  Phoenix Film…

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Strong Island (2017)

YANCE FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA/Denmark, 2017.  Yanceville Films, Louverture Films, Final Cut for Real.  Cinematography by Alan Jacobsen.  Produced by Joslyn Barnes, Yance Ford.  Music by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Craig Sutherland.  Film Editing by Janus Billeskov Jansen.  Academy Awards 2017.  Gotham Awards 2017. Twenty five years after the murder of a young man named William Ford, filmmaker Yance Ford revisits…

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Last Men In Aleppo (2017)

FERAS FAYYAD, STEEN JOHANNESSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Original title:  De sidste mænd i Aleppo Denmark/Syria, 2017.  Aleppo Media Center, Larm Film, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH, Danish Film Institute, AFAC – The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Cinereach, IDFA BERTHA Fund, International Documentary Association, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.  Screenplay by Feras Fayyad.  Cinematography by Mujahed About Al…

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A Fantastic Woman (2017)

SEBASTIAN LELIO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Una Mujer Fantastica  Chile/Germany/Spain/USA, 2017.  Participant Media, Fabula, Komplizen Film, Muchas Gracias, Setembro Cine, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, ARTE.  Screenplay by Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza.  Cinematography by Benjamin Echazarreta.  Produced by Juan de Dios Larrain, Pablo Larrain, Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza.  Music by Nani García, Matthew Herbert.  Production Design by Estefania Larrain.  Costume Design by Muriel…

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