The Rental (2020)

DAVE FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 2020. Black Bear Pictures. Story by Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg, Mike Demski, Screenplay by Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg. Cinematography by Christian Sprenger. Produced by Dave Franco, Elizabeth Haggard, Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman, Christopher Storer, Joe Swanberg. Music by Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans. Production Design by Meredith…

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Happiest Season (2020)

CLEA DuVALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA/Canada, 2020. TriStar Pictures, Entertainment One, Hulu Originals, Temple Hill Entertainment. Story by Clea DuVall, Screenplay by Clea DuVall, Mary Holland. Cinematography by John Gulesarian. Produced by Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner. Music by Amie Doherty. Production Design by Theresa Guleserian. Costume Design by Kathleen Felix-Hager. Film Editing…

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How To Be Single (2016)

CHRISTIAN DITTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2016.  New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Flower Films, Wrigley Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screen story by Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Screenplay by Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Dana Fox, based on the book by Liz Tuccillo.  Cinematography by Christian Rein.  Produced by Dana Fox, John Rickard.  Music by Fil…

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The Post (2017)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB. United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks, Participant Media, Pascal Pictures, Star Thrower Entertainment, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Liz Hannah, Josh Singer.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sarah Broshar, Michael Kahn.  Academy…

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The Little Hours (2017)

JEFF BAENA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   Canada/USA, 2017.  Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Concourse Media, Destro Films, Dublab Media, Exhibit, Foton Pictures, Productivity Media, StarStream Media.  Screenplay by Jeff Baena.  Cinematography by Quyen Tran.  Produced by Liz Destro, Aubrey Plaza.  Music by Dan Romer.  Production Design by Susie Mancini.  Costume Design by Natalie O’Brien.  Film Editing by Ryan Brown. A 14th century convent…

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

JAMES FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2017.  Good Universe, New Line Cinema, Point Grey Pictures, RabbitBandini Productions, Ramona Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment. Screenplay by Scott Neudstadter, Michael H. Weber, based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced…

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The Lego Movie (2014)

PHIL LORD, CHRISTOPHER MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia/USA/Denmark, 2014.  Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Relativity Media, Original Film, Stephen J. Cannell Productions.  Story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson, Pablo Plaisted.  Produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Grant Freckelton.  Film Editing by David Burrows,…

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The Kings Of Summer

B (out of 5) It’s rare to see a cast of such high quality and a script with such promise being undone by such inept direction, but an uncomfortable combination of tones makes a mystery of this terrible film.  Two boys fed up with being bossed around by their, in one case, emotionally distant father…

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