Mank (2020)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Jack Fincher. Cinematography by Erik Messerschmidt. Produced by Cean Chaffin, Eric Roth, Douglas Urbanski. Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross. Production Design by Donald Graham Burt. Costume Design by Trish Summerville. Film Editing by Kirk Baxter. Boston Film Critics 2020. National Society…

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First Reformed (2017)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA/United Kingdom/Australia, 2017.  Killer Films, Fibonacci Films, Arclight Films, Big Indie Pictures, Omeira Studio Partners.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by Alexander Dynan.  Produced by Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Gary Hamilton, Victoria Hill, David Hinojosa, Frank Murray, Deepak Sikka, Christine Vachon.  Music by Brian Williams.  Production Design by Grace Yun.  Costume Design by Olga…

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

OL PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Legendary Entertainment, Universal.  Story by Richard Curtis, Ol Parker, Catherine Johnson, Screenplay by Ol Parker, based on a conception by Judy Craymer from the stage musical by Catherine Johnson.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Judy Craymer, Gary Goetzman.  Music by Benny Andersson, Anne Dudley, Bjorn Ulvaeus.  Production Design…

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While We’re Young (2014)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2014.  Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.  Cinematography by Sam Levy.  Produced by Noah Baumbach, Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub.  Music by James Murphy.  Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lame.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.  Gotham Awards 2015.  National Board of Review Awards 2015.    Ben Stiller is a…

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Mean Girls (2004)

MARK WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Canada, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, M.G. Films, Broadway Video.  Screenplay by Tina Fey, based on the book Queen Bees And Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman.  Cinematography by Daryn Okada.  Produced by Lorne Michaels.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Mary Jane Fort.  Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont.   A fresh-faced sixteen year-old girl (Lindsay…

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Mamma Mia!

BB.5 (out of 5) The stage show that took audiences by storm around the world now hits the big screen as a musical vehicle for the marvelous Meryl Streep. She plays Donna, a feisty single mother who has enjoyed the independence of raising her daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) and running her little resort on a Greek…

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Lovelace (2013)

JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, ROB EPSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2013.  Millennium Films, Eclectic Pictures, Untitled Entertainment, Animus Films, Telling Pictures.  Screenplay by Andy Bellin. Cinematography by Eric Alan Edwards.  Produced by Heidi Jo Markel, Miguel Menendez de Zubillaga, Laura Rister, Jason Weinberg, Jim Young.  Music by Stephen Trask.  Production Design by William Arnold.  Costume Design by Karyn Wagner.  Film Editing…

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Nine Lives (2005)

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Mockingbird Pictures, Z Films, Nine Lives.  Screenplay by Rodrigo Garcia.  Cinematography by Xavier Grobet.  Produced by Julie Lynn.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by Courtney Jackson.  Costume Design by Maria Tortu.  Film Editing by Andrea Folprecht.  Independent Spirit Awards 2006.  National Board of Review Awards 2005.   Rodrigo Garcia follows Things You Can Tell Just…

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Alpha Dog

NICK CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Issues of peer pressure and the desire to fit in are applied to young people involved in organized crime in this absorbing , fact-based drama. Los Angeles drug dealer Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) seizes the moment and kidnaps fifteen year-old Anton Yelchin off the street since his addict brother…

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Les Miserables (2012)

TOM HOOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2012.  Working Title Films, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd., Universal Pictures, Relativity Media.  Screenplay by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer, based on the stage musical by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, from the novel by Victor Hugo.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh.  Production Design…

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