The United States Vs Billie Holiday (2021)

LEE DANIELS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 2021. Lee Daniels Entertainment, New Slate Ventures, Roth/Kirschenbaum Films. Screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks, based on the book Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari. Cinematography by Andrew Dunn. Produced by Lee Daniels, Jordan Fudge, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Joe Roth, Tucker Tooley, Pamela Oas Williams. Music by Kris Bowers….

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Book Club (2018)

BILL HOLDERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 2018.  Apartment Story, June Pictures.  Screenplay by Bill Holderman, Erin Simms.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Andrew Duncan, Bill Holderman, Alex Saks, Erin Simms.  Music by Peter Nashel.  Production Design by Rachel O’Toole.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly.  Four Los Angeles women have stayed connected thanks to their…

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The Children Act (2017)

RICHARD EYRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom, 2017.  Toledo Productions, BBC Films, FilmNation Entertainment.  Screenplay by Ian McEwan, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Duncan Kenworthy.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Peter Francis.  Costume Design by Tessa Phillips.  Film Editing by Dan Farrell.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Emma Thompson plays a judge whose cases mostly involve…

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Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

SHARON MAGUIRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/France/USA, 2016.  Miramax, Perfect World Pictures, StudioCanal, Universal Pictures, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer, Emma Thompson, based on characters created by Helen Fielding.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward.  Music by Craig Armstrong.  Production Design by John Paul Kelly.  Costume Design by Steven Noble.  Film Editing…

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The Lady In The Van (2015)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2015.  BBC Films, TriStar Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Bennett, based on his memoir.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.  Golden Globe Awards 2015.  Toronto International Film Festival 2015. Having newly…

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Effie Gray (2014)

RICHARD LAXTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 2014.  Sovereign Films.  Screenplay by Emma Thompson.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Andreas Roald, Donald Rosenfeld.  Music by Paul Cantelon.  Production Design by James Merifield.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Kate Williams. Euphemia Gray (Dakota Fanning) first met art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) when she was twelve, when he…

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Mr. Right (2009)

DAVID MORRIS, JACQUI MORRIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 2009.  Mugshots.  Screenplay by David Morris.  Cinematography by Michael Wood.  Produced by Jacqui Morris.  Music by Jacqueline Kroft.  Production Design by Malin Lindholm.  Costume Design by Clare Harries.  Film Editing by Warren Meneely. Ensemble romantic comedy about a group of gay male friends and one woman, all with their own personal…

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

STEPHEN CHBOSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2012.  Summit Entertainment, Mr. Mudd.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, based on his book.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by Michael Brook.  Production Design by Inbal Weinberg.  Costume Design by David C. Robinson.  Film Editing by Mary Jo Market.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2012. Dorian Awards 2012.    Independent Spirit…

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Hitch (2005)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2005.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Overbrook Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kevin Bisch.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by James Lassiter, Will Smith, Teddy Zee.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Troy Takaki, Tracey Wadmore-Smith.   Will Smith plays a velvety-smooth romance consultant who helps less confident males date the women…

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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2002.  Touchstone Pictures, Original Film, D&D Films, Pigeon Creek Films.  Story by Douglas J. Eboch, Screenplay by C. Jay Cox.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Stokely Chaffin, Neal H. Moritz.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Clay A. Griffith.  Costume Design by Sophie De Rakoff.  Film Editing by Troy Takaki, Tracey Wadmore-Smith.   Even those who…

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Ever After (1998)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant, Rick Parks, based on the story by Charles Perrault.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Mireille Soria, Tracey Trench.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Michael Howells.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film Editing by Roger Bondelli.   Richly enjoyable reboot of Cinderella finds Drew Barrymore as a…

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Monkeybone (2001)

HENRY SELICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2001.  Twentieth Century Fox, 1492 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Screenplay by Sam Hamm, based on the graphic novel Dark Town by Kaja Blackley.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe.  Music by Anne Dudley.  Production Design by Bill Boes.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Jon Poll, Nicholas C. Smith, Mark…

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