Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

ROB MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Lucamar Productions, Marc Platt Productions, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screen story by David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Screenplay by David Magee, based on the Mary Poppins stories by P.L. Travers.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt.  Music by Marc Shaiman.   Production Design by John Myhre.  Costume … More Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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Loving Vincent (2017)

DOROTA KOBIELA, HUGH WELCHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Poland/United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  BreakThru Productions, Trademark Films, Silver Reel, Odra Film, Centrum Technologii Audiowizualnych, Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej, RBF Productions, Sevenex Capital Partners.  Screenplay by Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Jacek Dehnel.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver, Lukasz Zal.  Produced by Sean M. Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Matthew … More Loving Vincent (2017)

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Molly’s Game (2017)

AARON SORKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  China/USA, 2017.  STX Entertainment, Huayi Brothers Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Pascal Pictures, Entertainment One.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Molly Bloom.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Matt Jackson, Amy Pascal.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Alan Baumgarten, Elliot Graham, Josh … More Molly’s Game (2017)

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The Program

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Stephen Frears applies his elegant style to a biography of Lance Armstrong, following a similar narrative structure to The Queen and Philomena with results that go nowhere near those films.  Armstrong is by now infamous as the cyclist who won the Tour de France seven consecutive times before being disgraced by revelations … More The Program

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St. Vincent (2014)

THEODORE MELFI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Chernin Entertainment, Crescendo Productions, Goldenlight Films, The Weinstein Company.  Screenplay by Theodore Melfi.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Theodore Melfi, Fred Roos, Jenno Topping.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Inbal Weinberg.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack, Peter Teschner.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.  Toronto International Film Festival … More St. Vincent (2014)

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Calvary

BBBB (out of 5) John Michael McDonagh, brother of famed playwright Martin and a director in his own right, has made a film so unabashedly concerned with his native land’s cultural issues, hangups and history that it could just as easily be called This Is Ireland.  That said, the heart worn on the sleeve does … More Calvary

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Friends With Kids

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ten years after the success of her co-written screenplay for Kissing Jessica Stein, Jennifer Westfeldt takes over the director’s chair for this smart and charming relationship comedy. Six best friends are made up of two couples and two best friends: Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd open the film with the announcement that they … More Friends With Kids

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