Still Life (2006)

ZHANGKE JIA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB Original Title: San xia hao ren China/Hong Kong, 2006. Xstream Pictures, Shanghai Film Studios. Screenplay by Zhangke Jia, Na Guan, Jiamin Sun. Cinematography by Nelson Lik-wai Yu. Produced by Chow Keung, Tianyan Wang, Pengle Xu, Wang Yu, Jiong Zhu. Music by Giong Lim. Production Design by Jing…

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The Card Counter (2021)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/China/USA, 2021. Focus Features, LB Entertainment, Astrakan Film AB, Bona Film Group, Convergent Media, Enriched Media Group, HanWay Films, One Two Twenty Entertainment, Redline Entertainment. Screenplay by Paul Schrader. Cinematography by Alexander Dynan. Produced by Lauren Mann, Braxton Pope, David M. Wulf. Music by Robert Levon…

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Malignant (2021)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA/China, 2021. Atomic Monster, Boom Entertainment, Boom! Studios, New Line Cinema, Starlight Culture Entertainment. Story by James Wan, Ingrid Bisu, Akela Cooper, Screenplay by Akela Cooper. Cinematography by Michael Burgess. Produced by Michael Clear, James Wan. Music by Joseph Bishara. Production Design by Desma Murphy. Costume Design…

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Oxhide II (2009)

JIAYIN LIU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Niupi er China, 2009. Screenplay by Jiayin Liu. Cinematography by Jiayin Liu. Film Editing by Jiayin Liu. Jiayin Liu follows up her startling 2005 debut with an even more formally controlled sequel. The camera never leaves the edge of her kitchen table, switching angles only…

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Oxhide (2005)

JIAYIN LIU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Niu pi China, 2005 Jiayin Liu’s shocking directorial debut is a challenging, sometimes listless but conceptually very powerful film that takes her no further than her own cramped, dingy apartment. She casts herself and her parents Huifen Jia and Zaiping Liu as fictional versions of…

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A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)

WILL BECHER, RICHARD PHELAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/France/Belgium/USA/China/Australia/Japan/Finland/Germany/Ireland, 2019. Aardman Animations, Amazon Prime Video, Anton, Bona Film Group, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, StudioCanal International, StudioCanal. Screenplay by Mark Burton, Jon Brown, based on an idea by Richard Starzak and characters created by Nick Park. Cinematography by Charles Copping. Produced…

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Greyhound (2020)

AARON SCHNEIDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA/Canada/China, 2020. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Stage 6 Films, Bron Creative, Zhengfu Pictures, Sycamore Pictures, FilmNation Entertainment, Playtone. Screenplay by Tom Hanks, based on the novel The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester. Cinematography by Shelly Johnson. Produced by Gary Goetzman. Music by Blake Neely. Production Design by David Crank….

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Better Days (2019)

DEREK TSANG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Original Title: Shaonian de ni China/Hong Kong, 2019. Shooting Pictures, He Nan Dian Ying Dian Shi Zhi Zuo Ji Tuan, China Wit Media, Tianijn Xiron Entertainment, We Pictures, Goodfellas Media. Screenplay by Wing-Sum Lam, Yuan Li, Yimeng Xu, co-writer Nan Chen, based on the novel In His…

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News Of The World (2020)

PAUL GREENGRASS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA/China, 2020. Perfect World Pictures, Playtone, Pretty Pictures, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Paul Greengrass, Luke Davies, based on the novel by Paulette Jiles. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski. Produced by Gary Goetzman, Gregory Goodman, Gail Mutrux. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by David Crank. Costume Design by Mark…

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Over The Moon (2020)

GLEN KEANE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB China/USA, 2020. Glen Keane Productions, Janet Yang Productions, Netflix, Pearl Studio. Screenplay by Audrey Wells, additional screenplay material by Jennifer Yee McDevitt, Alice Wu. Produced by Peilin Chou, Gennie Rim. Music by Steven Price. Production Design by Celine Desrumaux. Costume Design by Guo Pei. Film Editing by…

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The Wild Goose Lake (2019)

YI’NAN DIAO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Nan fang che zhan de ju hui China/France, 2019.  Arte France Cinema, Green Ray Films, He Li Chen Guang International Culture Media Co., Maisong Entertainment Investment, Memento Films, Omnijoi Media Corporation, Tencent Pictures.  Screenplay by Yi’nan Diao. Cinematography by Jingsong Dong.  Produced by Li Li,…

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The White Countess (2005)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/China/USA, 2005.  Merchant Ivory Productions, Sony Pictures Classics, Shanghai Film Group, VIP 3 Medienfonds, Global Cinema Group, Rising Star, China Film Co-Production Corporation. Screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. Produced by Ismail Merchant, Zhonglun Ren. Music by Richard Robbins. Production Design by Andrew Sanders….

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