You Were Never Really Here (2017)

LYNNE RAMSAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/France/USA, 2017.  Why Not Productions, Film4, British Film Institute Production Board.  Screenplay by Lynne Ramsay, based on the book by Jonathan Ames.  Cinematography by Thomas Townend.  Produced by Rosa Attab, Pascal Caucheteux, Rebecca O’Brien, Lynne Ramsay, James Wilson.  usic by Jonny Greenwood.  Production Design by Tim Grimes.  Costume Design by Malgosia Turzanska.  Film Editing by…

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A Most Violent Year (2014)

J.C. CHANDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2014.  Before The Door Pictures, Washington Square Films, FilmNation Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Old Bull Pictures.  Screenplay by J.C. Chandor.   Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb.  Music by Alex Ebert.  Production Design by John P. Goldsmith.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Ron Patane.  Golden…

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Selma (2014)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Cloud Eight Films, Celador Films, Harpo Films, Pathe, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Webb.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey.  Music by Jason Moran.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.  Academy Awards 2014.  American Film Institute 2014. …

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Face/Off (1997)

JOHN WOO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Permut Presentations, Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Douglas/Reuther Productions, WCG Entertainment Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Werb, Michael Colleary.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Terence Chang, Christopher Godsick, Barrie M. Osborne, David Permut.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Steven Kemper, Christian Wagner.   You’ll actually enjoy…

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American Hustle (2013)

DAVID O. RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2013.  Columbia Pictures, Annapurna Pictures, Atlas Entertainment.  Screenplay by Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson.  Film Editing by Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers.  Academy Awards 2013. American…

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Mansfield Park (1999)

PATRICIA ROZEMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1999.  Arts Council of England, British Broadcasting Corporation, HAL Films, Miramax.  Screenplay by Patricia Rozema, based on the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Michael Coulter.  Produced by Sarah Curtis.  Music by Lesley Barber.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Andrea Galer.  Film Editing by Martin Walsh.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Patricia Rozema…

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Junebug (2005)

PHIL MORRISON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2005.  Junebug Movie, Epoch Films.  Screenplay by Angus MacLachlan.  Cinematography by Peter Donahue.  Produced by Mindy Goldberg, Mike S. Ryan.  Music by Yo La Tengo.  Production Design by David Doernberg.  Costume Design by Danielle Kays.  Film Editing by Joe Klotz.  Academy Awards 2005.  Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005.   Embeth Davidtz and Alessandro Nivola meet in her art gallery and after…

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Jurassic Park III (2001)

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, based on characters created by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Larry J. Franco, Kathleen Kennedy.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Ed Verreaux.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Robert Dalva.   Weak entry in the dinosaur saga…

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Coco Before Chanel

ANNE FONTAINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Coco Avant Chanel France, 2009.  Haut et Court, Ciné+, Warner Bros., France 2 Cinéma, Canal+, CinéCinéma, France 2, Playtime, Cofinova 5, Banque Populaire Images 9, Scope Pictures, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Soficapital, SCOPE Invest.  Screenplay by Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine, based on the book by Edmonde…

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Timecode (2000)

MIKE FIGGIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2000.  Screen Gems, Red Mullet Productions.  Story by Mike Figgis.  Cinematography by Patrick Alexander Stewart.  Produced by Mike Figgis, Annie Stewart.  Music by Mike Figgis, Anthony Marinelli.  Production Design by Charlotte Malmlof.  Costume Design by Donna Casey-Aira.   Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) sends out four video cameras on a Los Angeles afternoon to film various…

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Howl (2010)

JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, ROB EPSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2010.  Werc Werk Works, Telling Pictures, RabbitBandini Productions, Radiant Cool.  Screenplay by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman. Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine K. Walker.   Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Jake Pushinsky.  Berlin…

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Laurel Canyon

BBBB (out of 5) Lisa Cholodenko’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed High Art is another probing examination of relationships in modern day Los Angeles.  Christian Bale is a straight-laced med student who has moved back to the city of Angels with his equally studious fiance (Kate Beckinsale) for his hospital internship. Since it’s the same city…

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