Palm Springs (2020)

MAX BARBAKOW Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA/Hong Kong, 2020. Limelight, Sun Entertainment Culture, The Lonely Island, Culmination Productions. Story and Screenplay by Andy Siara. Cinematography by Quyen Tran. Produced by Chris Parker, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Dylan Sellers, Becky Sloviter, Jorma Taccone. Music by Matthew Compton. Production Design by Jason Kisvarday. Costume Design…

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Leave No Trace (2018)

DEBRA GRANIK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA/Canada, 2018.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Harrison Productions, Topic Studios.  Screenplay by Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, based on the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock.  Cinematography by Michael McDonough.  Produced by Anne Harrison, Linda Reisman, Anne Rosellini.  Music by Dickon Hinchliffe.  Production Design by Chad Keith.  Costume Design by Erin Alridge Orr. …

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A Very Sordid Wedding (2017)

DEL SHORES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2017.  Beard Collins Shores Productions, Buffalo Gal Pictures.  Screenplay by Del Shores.  Cinematography by Paul Suderman.  Produced by Emerson Collins, Del Shores.  Music by Joe Patrick Ward.  Production Design by Chad Giesbrecht.  Costume Design by Sandra Soke.  Film Editing by Donna Mathewson. Del Shores has been treating audiences to the lives and loves of his…

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Hell Or High Water (2016)

DAVID MACKENZIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Film 44, LBI Productions, OddLot Entertainment, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.  Screenplay by Taylor Sheridan.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens. Produced by Peter Berg, Carla Hacken, Sidney Kimmel, Julie Yorn.  Music by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis.  Production Design by Tom Duffield.  Costume Design by Malgosia Turzanska.  Film Editing by Jake Roberts.   Two brothers rob a…

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C.O.G. (2013)

KYLE PATRICK ALVAREZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2013.  Forty Second Productions, Rhino Films.  Screenplay by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, based on the essay by David Sedaris.  Cinematography by Jas Shelton.  Produced by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Cookie Carosella, Stephen Nemeth.  Music by Joe Berry, Steve Reich.  Production Design by Gary Barbosa.  Costume Design by Julie Carnahan.  Film Editing by Fernando Collins.   Jonathan Groff plays…

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A Perfect Getaway (2009)

DAVID TWOHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2009.  Rogue, Relativity Media, QED International, Davis Entertainment, Tucker Tooley Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Twohy.  Cinematography by Mark Plummer.  Produced by Robbie Brenner, Mark Canton, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley.  Music by Boris Elkis.  Production Design by Joseph C. Nemec III.  Costume Design by Laura Goldsmith.  Film Editing by Tracy Adams.   It’s not a good sign when, five…

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The Pledge (2001)

SEAN PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Morgan Creek Entertainment, Franchise Pictures, Clyde Is Hungry Films, Pledge Productions, Epsilon Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski, based on the book by Freidrich Durrenmatt. Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Michael Fitzgerald, Sean Penn, Elie Samaha.  Music by Klaus Badelt, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by…

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Domino (2005)

TONY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France/USA, 2005.  New Line Cinema, Scott Free Productions, Davis-Films, Metropolitan Filmexport, Domino 17521.  Story by Richard Kelly, Steve Barancik, Screenplay by Richard Kelly.  Cinematography by Daniel Mindel.  Produced by Samuel Hadida, Tony Scott.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Chris Seagers.  Costume Design by B. Akerlund.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Christian Wagner.   Keira Knightley gets…

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Winter’s Bone (2010)

DEBRA GRANIK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 2010.  Anonymous Content, Winter’s Bone Productions.  Screenplay by Debra Granik, Anne Rossellini, based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell.  Cinematography by Michael McDonough.  Produced by Alix Madigan, Anne Rossellini.  Music by Dickon Hinchliffe.  Production Design by Mark White.  Costume Design by Rebecca Hofherr.  Film Editing by Affonso Goncalves.   Jennifer Lawrence is excellent in this deeply…

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The Guilt Trip (2012)

ANNE FLETCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2012.  Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, Michaels-Goldwyn, Broadway Video.  Screenplay by Dan Fogelman.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Evan Goldberg, John Goldwyn, Lorne Michaels.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Dana E. Glauberman, Priscilla Nedd-Friendly. It’s difficult enough to get your entrepreneurial business of the…

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Changeling (2008)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2008.  Imagine Entertainment, Malpaso Productions, Relativity Media.  Screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski.  Cinematography by Tom Stern.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Robert Lorenz.  Music by Clint Eastwood.  Production Design by James J. Murakami.  Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing by Joel Cox, Gary Roach.   Clint Eastwood goes the tearjerker route with this surprisingly…

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Iron Man 3 (2013)

SHANE BLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/China, 2013.  Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, DMG Entertainment, Illusion Entertainment, Taurus Studios.  Screenplay by Drew Pearce, Shane Black, based on the Marvel Comic book by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, and the Extremis mini-series by Warren Ellis, and illustrated by Adi Granov.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Kevin…

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