The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

MICHAEL SHOWALTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Canada/USA, 2021. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Freckle Films, MWM Studios, Searchlight Pictures, Semi-Formal Productions. Screenplay by Abe Sylvia, based on the documentary by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato. Cinematography by Mike Gioulakis. Produced by Kelly Carmichael, Jessica Chastain, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane. Music by Theodore Shapiro. Production Design by…

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Our Friend (2019)

GABRIELA COWPERTHWAITE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2019. Black Bear Pictures, STX International, Scott Free Productions. Screenplay by Brad Ingelsby, based on the article The Friend by Matthew Teague. Cinematography by Joe Anderson. Produced by Michael A. Pruss, Teddy Schwarzman, Ryan Stowell, Kevin J. Walsh. Music by Rob Simonsen. Production Design by Cara…

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A Rainy Day In New York (2019)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2019.  Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Erika Aronson, Letty Aronson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Marco Piemontese.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Woody Allen returns to New York and to a lighter feeling in…

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Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

EDWARD NORTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2019.  Class 5 Films, MWM Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures.  Screenplay by Edward Norton, based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Michael Bederman, Bill Migliore, Daniel Nadler, Edward Norton, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Robert F. Smith.   Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production…

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Boy Erased (2018)

JOEL EDGERTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA/Australia, 2018.  Anonymous Content, Blue-Tongue Films, Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures.  Screenplay by Joel Edgerton, based on the memoir by Garrard Conley.  Cinematography by Eduard Grau.  Produced by Joel Edgerton, Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts.  Music by Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans.  Production Design by Chad Keith.  Costume Design by Trish Summerville.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.  …

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The Party (2017)

SALLY POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom, 2017.  Adventure Pictures, Oxwich Media.  Screenplay by Sally Potter.  Cinematography by Aleksei Rodionov.  Produced by Kurban Kassam, Christopher Sheppard.  Music by Matt Biffa.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by Jane Petrie.  Film Editing by Emilie Orsini, Anders Refn.  Berlin Film Festival 2017.   Kristin Scott Thomas has just been named England’s Health Minister…

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

GLENN FICARRA, JOHN REQUA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2016.  Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Carlock, based on the book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days In Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker.  Cinematography by Xavier Grobet.  Produced by Ian Bryce, Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels.  Music by Nick Urata.  Production Design by Beth Mickle.  Costume Design by Lisa…

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The Village (2004)

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2004.  Touchstone Pictures, Blinding Edge Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Sam Mercer, Scott Rudin, M. Night Shyamalan.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Tom Foden.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen.   This chapter in M. Night Shyamalan’s trove of scary…

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Signs (2002)

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2002.  Touchstone Pictures, Blinding Edge Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company.  Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Frank Marshall, Sam Mercer, M. Night Shyamalan.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Larry Fulton.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Barbara Tulliver.  Farmer and former priest Mel Gibson is startled awake…

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Cradle Will Rock (1999)

TIM ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Cradle Productions Inc., Havoc, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Tim Robbins.  Cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Jon Kilik, Tim Robbins.  Music by David Robbins.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Geraldine Peroni.   Excellent ensemble comedy about the real life Red Scare events surrounding…

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The Horse Whisperer (1998)

ROBERT REDFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by Eric Roth, Richard LaGravenese, based on the novel by Nick Evans.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Patrick Markey, Robert Redford.  Music by Thomas Newman, Gwil Owen.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin, Freeman A….

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Mother And Child (2009)

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Spain, 2009.  Everest Entertainment, Cha Cha Chá Films, Mockingbird Pictures.  Screenplay by Rodrigo Garcia.  Cinematography by Xavier Perez Grobet.  Produced by Lisa Maria Falcone, Julie Lynn.  Music by Ed Shearmur. Production Design by Christopher Tandon.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   The multi-strand narrative begins with a teenager giving birth after getting…

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