Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2022. Marvel Studios. Screenplay by Michael Waldron. Cinematography by John Mathieson. Produced by Kevin Feige. Music by Danny Elfman. Production Design by Md Joni Hossain, Charles Wood. Costume Design by Graham Churchyard. Film Editing by Bob Murawski, Tia Nolan. The master conjuror who can spin weapons…

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)

JOACHIM RONNING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2019.  Roth Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Linda Woolverton, Screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Linda Woolverton.  Cinematography by Henry Braham.  Produced by Duncan Henderson, Angelina Jolie, Joe Roth.  Music by Geoff Zanelli.  Production Design by Patrick Tatopoulos.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film…

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The Lion King (2019)

JON FAVREAU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2019.  Fairview Entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on a story by Brenda Chapman and characters by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Jon Favreau, Karen Gilchrist, Jeffrey Silver.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by James…

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Secret In Their Eyes (2015)

BILLY RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom/Spain/South Korea, 2015.  IM Global, STX Entertainment, Route One Entertainment, Union Investment Partners, Gran Via Productions, SITE Productions, Willies Movies, Ingenious Media.  Screenplay by Billy Ray, based on the film El Secreto De Sus Ojos by Juan Jose Campanella, Eduardo Sacheri.  Cinematography by Daniel Moder.  Produced by Matt Jackson, Mark Johnson.  Music…

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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.   A top-tier…

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The Martian (2015)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2015.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, TSG Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Genre Films, International Traders, Kinberg Genre, Mid Atlantic Films.  Screenplay by Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Mark Huffam, Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott, Aditya Sood.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams. Production…

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Endgame (2009)

PETE TRAVIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 2009.  Daybreak Pictures, Film Afrika Worldwide.  Screenplay by Paula Milne, based on the book The Fall Of Apartheid: The Inside Story From Smuts to Mbeki by Robert Harvey.  Cinematography by David Odd.  Produced by Hal Vogel.  Music by Martin Phipps.  Production Design by Chris Roope.  Film Editing by Clive Barrett, Dominic Stevens.  The years of…

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Four Brothers (2005)

JOHN SINGLETON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2005.  Paramount Pictures, Di Bonaventura Pictures.  Screenplay by David Elliot, Paul Lovett.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Keith Brian Burns.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Bruce Cannon, Billy Fox.   Surprisingly palatable glorification of vengeance stars Mark Wahlberg, André Benjamin, Tyrese Gibson…

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12 Years A Slave (2013)

STEVE McQUEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB USA/United Kingdom, 2013.  Regency Enterprises, River Road Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Film4, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Ridley, based on the book Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup.  Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt,Bill Pohlad.  Music…

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Salt (2010)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Relativity Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Wintergreen Productions.  Screenplay by Kurt Wimmer.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Sunil Perkash.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Scott Chambliss.  Costume Design by Sarah Edwards.  Film Editing by Stuart Baird, John Gilroy.  A routine corporate office building in Washington, D.C….

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Talk To Me (2007)

KASI LEMMONS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Mark Gordon Productions, Pelagius Films, The Mark Gordon Company.  Story by Michael Genet, Screenplay by Michael Genet, Rick Famuyiwa.  Cinematography by Stephane Fontaine.  Produced by Joe Fries, Mark Gordon, Sidney Kimmel, Josh McLaughlin.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Warren Alan Young.  Costume Design by Gersha Phillips.  Film Editing by…

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Kinky Boots (2006)

JULIAN JARROLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2005.  Miramax, Harbour Pictures, Price Productions.  Screenplay by Geoff Deane, Tim Firth.  Produced by Nick Barton, Peter Ettedgui, Suzanne Mackie.  Music by Adrian Johnston.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by Emma E. Hickox.  Cinematography by Eigil Bryld.   Joel Edgerton has been raised by his father to revere the…

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