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.  Academy Awards 2014.  American Film Institute 2014. …

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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

BB.5 (out of 5) When Barack Obama was voted in to the White House in 2008, the first African American ever to take the highest office in the land and the breath of fresh air to breeze out the Bush administration, the meaning of the experience was most poignant for White House butler Cecil Gaines…

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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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