One Night In Miami (2020)

REGINA KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2020. ABKCO Films, Snoot Entertainment. Screenplay by Kemp Powers, based on his play. Cinematography by Tami Reiker. Produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Page Buckner, Barry Robison. Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Film Editing by Tariq…

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The Invisible Man (2020)

LEIGH WHANNELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Canada/Australia/USA, 2020. Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Goalpost Pictures, Nervous Tick Productions, Screen Australia, Government of Australia, The New South Wales Government. Screen story and screenplay by Leigh Whannell, based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Cinematography by Stefan Duscio. Produced by Jason Blum, Kylie Du Fresne. Music…

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Clemency (2019)

CHINONYE CHUKWU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2019.  ACE Pictures Entertainment, Bronwyn Cornelius Productions, Big Indie Pictures.   Screenplay by Chinonye Chukwu.   Cinematography by Eric Branco.   Produced by Timur Bekbosunov, Julian Cautherley, Bronwyn Cornelius, Peter Wong.   Music by Kathryn Bostic.   Production Design by Margaux Rust.   Costume Design by Suzanne Barnes.   Film Editing by Phyllis…

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What Men Want (2019)

ADAM SHANKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2019.  BET Films, Paramount Players, Will Packer Productions.  Story by Jas Waters, Tina Gordon, Screenplay by Tina Gordon, Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory, based on the earlier film What Women Want, story by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, Diane Drake, screenplay by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa.  Cinematography by…

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Hidden Figures (2016)

THEODORE MELFI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Levantine Films, Chernin Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures.  Screenplay by Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly.  Cinematography by Mandy Walker.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Donna Gigliotti, Theodore Melfi, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas. Costume…

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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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Happy Feet (2006)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia/USA, 2006.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Productions, Animal Logic, Kingdom Feature Productions.  Screenplay by George Miller, John Collee, Judy Morris, Warren Coleman.  Cinematography by David Peers.  Produced by Bill Miller, George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Mark Sexton.  Film Editing by Christian Gazal, Margaret Sixel.  Academy Awards…

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Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)

JOHN McTIERNAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1995.  Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, based on characters created by Roderick Thorp.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by John McTiernan, Michael Tadross.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Jackson De Govia.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by John Wright.   Probably the least entertaining…

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The Ladykillers (2004)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Touchstone Pictures, The Jacobson Company, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the movie by William Rose.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Tom Jacobson, Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld.  Music by Carter Burwell. Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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A Good Day To Die Hard

B.5 (out of 5) Even the most ardent and uncritical fan of action movies will have a tough time wrapping their brain around this convoluted lunacy, evidence of a breakdown in the gene pool in this fourth sequel to the 1988 hit (that is still one of the greatest action films of all time). The ever-stalwart…

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