Candyman (2021)

NIA DaCOSTA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA/Canada/Australia, 2021. Universal Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Bron Studios, Monkeypaw Productions, Creative Wealth Media Finance. Screenplay by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta, based on the 1992 motion picture Candyman by Bernard Rose and the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker. Cinematography by John Gulesarian. Produced by Ian…

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Zola (2020)

JANICZA BRAVO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020.  Killer Films, Gigi Films, Ramona Films.  Story by Andrew Neel, Mike Roberts, Screenplay by Janicza Bravo, Jeremy O. Harris, based on the tweets by A’Ziah King and the article Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted by David Kushner. …

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

GEORGE C. WOLFE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play by August Wilson. Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler. Produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf. Music by Branford Marsalis. Production Design by Mark Ricker. Costume Design by Ann Roth. Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein. …

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Red Hook Summer (2012)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2012.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee, James McBride.  Cinematography by Kerwin DeVonish.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Bruce Hornsby.  Production Design by Sarah Frank.  Costume Design by Emilio Sosa.  Film Editing by Hye Mee Na.  Flik (Jules Brown) is sent…

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Passing Strange (2009)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2009.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Stew.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Steve Klein.  Music by Stew.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown. Spike Lee brings movie cameras to a performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show written by musician Stew. The…

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

BARRY JENKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin.  Cinematography by James Laxton.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski. Music by Nicholas Britell.   Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Caroline Eselin.  Film Editing by…

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The Birth Of A Nation (2016)

NATE PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA/Canada, 2016.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Follow Through Productions, Hit 55 Ventures, Infinity United Entertainment, Juniper Productions, Mandalay Pictures, Novofam Productions, Oster Media, Phantom Four, Point Made Films, Tiny Giant Entertainment.  Story by Nate Parker, Jean McGianni Celestin, Screenplay by Nate Parker.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Jason…

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Beautiful Something (2015)

JOSEPH GRAHAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2015.  Reel Goode Productions, AltarBoy Productions, Sun House Films.  Screenplay by Joseph Graham.  Cinematography by Matthew Boyd.  Produced by Leilani Goode.  Music by Inu, Luke O’Malley, Windows To Sky.  Production Design by Claire Hart Joslyn.  Costume Design by Victoria Boaz.  Film Editing by Sharon Franklin.  Podcasts:  Bad Gay Movies. Three characters navigate a dark night of…

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Selma (2014)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Cloud Eight Films, Celador Films, Harpo Films, Pathe, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Webb.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey.  Music by Jason Moran.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.   By 1964, the Civil Rights…

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Lincoln (2012)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2012.  DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Dune Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Tony Kushner, based on the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design…

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The Butler (2013)

LEE DANIELS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5. USA, 2013.  Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Laura Ziskin Productions, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Pam Williams Productions, Windy Hill Pictures.  Screenplay by Danny Strong, based by the article A Butler Well Served By This Election by Wil Haygood.   Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Lee Daniels, Cassian Elwes, Buddy Patrick, Pamela…

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True Crime (1999)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Warner Bros., The Zanuck Company, Malpaso Productions.  Screenplay by Larry Gross, Paul Brickman, Stephen Schiff, based on the novel by Andrew Klavan.  Cinematography by Jack N. Green.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Lini Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Lennie Niehaus.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing…

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