Passing Strange (2009)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2009.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Stew.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Steve Klein.  Music by Stew.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown. Spike Lee brings movie cameras to a performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show written by musician Stew. The…

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Crooklyn (1994)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Child Hood Productions.  Story by Joie Lee, Screenplay by Joie Lee, Spike Lee, Cinqué Lee.  Cinematography by Arthur Jafa.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.  Spike…

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BlackkKlansman (2018)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Blumhouse Productions, Legendary Entertainment, Monkeypaw Productions, Perfect World Pictures, QC Entertainment.  Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth.  Cinematography by Chayse Irvin.  Produced by Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan…

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Queen Of Katwe (2016)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2016.  ESPN Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by William Wheeler, based on the ESPN Magazine article and book by Tim Crothers.  Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt. Produced by John B. Carls, Lydia Dean Pilcher.  Music by Alex Heffes.  Production Design by Stephanie Carroll.  Costume Design by Mobolaji Dawodu.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.  Toronto International…

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The Giver (2014)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Asis Productions, Canada Film Capital, Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa, Tonik Productions, Walden Media, The Weinstein Company.  Screenplay by Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide, based on the book by Lois Lowry.  Cinematography by Ross Emery.  Produced by Jeff Bridges, Neil Koenigsberg, Nikki Silver.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Ed Verreaux.  Costume…

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Cousin Bette (1998)

DES McANUFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Lynn Siefert, Susan Tarr, based on the novel by Honore de Balzac.  Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula.  Produced by Sarah Radclyffe.  Music by Simon Boswell.  Production Design by Hugo Luczyc-Wyshowski.  Costume Design by Gabriella Pescucci.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar, Barry Alexander Brown.   Critics and audiences unfortunately ignored this…

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Madonna: Truth Or Dare (1991)

ALEK KESHISHIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Boy Toy, Miramax, Propaganda Films.  Cinematography by Christophe Lanzenberg, Robert Leacock, Doug Nichol, Daniel Pearl, Toby Phillips, Marc Reshovsky.  Produced by Tim Clawson, Jay Roewe.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   This fascinating documentary takes you behind the scenes of pop icon Madonna‘s 1990 Blond Ambition tour:  her dancers are…

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Inside Man (2006)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, GH Two.  Screenplay by Russell Gewirtz.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Donna Berwick.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown. Enormously enjoyable thriller by Spike Lee, starring Denzel Washington as a…

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25th Hour (2002)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2002.  25th Hour Productions, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Gamut Films, Industry Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by David Benioff, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Julia Chasman, Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Tobey Maguire.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Barry…

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The Original Kings Of Comedy (2000)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2000.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Latham Entertainment, MTV Films.  Screenplay by Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by David Gale, Walter Latham, Spike Lee.  Music by Linda Cohen.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Denise Marsh.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander…

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Summer Of Sam (1999)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   USA, 1999.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Touchstone Pictures, Hostage Productions.  Screenplay by Spike Lee, Victor Colicchio, Michael Imperioli.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee directs this exploitative and…

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He Got Game (1998)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras, Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Alex Steyermark.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Director Spike Lee’s characters are always so richly drawn,…

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