The Courier (2020)

DOMINIC COOKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Alternate Title: Ironbark United Kingdom/USA, 2020. 42, FilmNation Entertainment, SunnyMarch. Screenplay by Tom O’Connor. Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt. Produced by Adam Ackland, Rory Aitken, Ben Browning, Ben Pugh. Music by Abel Korzeniowski. Production Design by Suzie Davies. Costume Design by Keith Madden. Film Editing by Tariq Anwar,…

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The Mauritanian (2021)

KEVIN MACDONALD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB United Kingdom/USA, 2021. Wonder Street, 30West, BBC Films, Convergent Media, Great Point Media, Shadowplay Features, SunnyMarch, Topic Studios. Screen story by Michael Bronner, Screenplay by Michael Bronner, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, based on the book Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Larry Siems. Cinematography by Alwin…

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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

ERIC DARNELL, SIMON J. SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images.  Story by Alan Schoolcraft, Brent Simons, Michael Colton, John Aboud, Screenplay by Michael Colton, John Aboud, Brandon Sawyer.  Produced by Lara Breay, Mark Swift.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Shannon Jeffries.  Film Editing by Nick…

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

TAIKA WAITITI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA, 2017.  Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Government of Australia.  Screenplay by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher L. Yost, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, with story elements from Planet Hulk by Greg Pak, Carlo Pagulayan and the works of Walter…

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1917 (2019)

SAM MENDES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2019.  Amblin Partners, DreamWorks, Neal Street Productions, New Republic Pictures.  Screenplay by Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Brian Oliver, Jayne-Ann Tenggren.  Music by  Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by David…

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2019.  Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and the comic book by Jim Starlin.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by…

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and characters created by Joe Simon, Steve Englehart, Steve Gan, Bill Mantlo, Keith Giffen, Jim Starlin, Larry Lieber, Don Heck.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige. Music by…

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Doctor Strange (2016)

SCOTT DERRICKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2016.  Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill, based on the Marvel comics by Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Charles Wood.  Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne.  Film Editing by Sabrina Plisco, Wyatt Smith.  Academy Awards 2016….

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Black Mass (2015)

SCOTT COOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2015.  Cross Creek Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Le Grisbi Productions, Head Gear Films, Vendian Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mark Mallouk, Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr, Gerard O’Neill.  Cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi.  Produced by Scott Cooper, John Lesher, Patrick McCormick, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson.  Music by Junkie XL.  Production Design…

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The Fifth Estate (2013)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/India/Belgium, 2013.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Anonymous Content, FBO, Umedia.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh, Luke Harding.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Steve Golin, Michael Sugar.  Music by Carter…

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies (2014)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  New Zealand/USA, 2014.  New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, WingNut Films, 3Foot7.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, based on the novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Zane Weiner.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Dan Hennah.  Costume Design by…

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The Imitation Game (2014)

MORTEN TYLDUM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Black Bear Pictures, Bristol Automotive. Screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the book by Andrew Hodges.  Cinematography by Oscar Faura.  Produced by Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Maria Djurkovic.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg.  Academy Awards 2014. American Film Institute 2014.   Dorian…

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