The Rental (2020)

DAVE FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 2020. Black Bear Pictures. Story by Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg, Mike Demski, Screenplay by Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg. Cinematography by Christian Sprenger. Produced by Dave Franco, Elizabeth Haggard, Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman, Christopher Storer, Joe Swanberg. Music by Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans. Production Design by Meredith…

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

DAVID DOBKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2020.  European Broadcasting Union, Gary Sanchez Productions, Gloria Sanchez Productions, Netflix, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Will Ferrell, Andrew Steele. Cinematography by Danny Cohen. Produced by Jessica Elbaum, Eitan Evan, Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy.  Music by Atli Orvarsson.  Production Design by Paul Inglis. Costume Design by Anna…

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Marshall (2017)

REGINALD HUDLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2017.  Chestnut Ridge Productions, China Wit Media, Starlight Media, Super Hero Films.  Screenplay by Jacob Koskoff, Michael Koskoff.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Reginald Hudlin, Jonathan Sanger, Paula Wagner.  Music by Marcus Miller.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Tom McArdle.  Academy Awards 2017.  Phoenix Film…

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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

BHARAT NALLURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Ireland/Canada, 2017.  Mazur/Kaplan Company, The Mob Film Company, Parallel Films, Rhombus Media.  Screenplay by Susan Coyne, based on the book by Les Standiford.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Niv Fichman, Vadim Jean, Robert Mickelson, Susan Mullen, Ian Sharples.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Paki Smith.  Costume Design by Leonie Prendergast.  Film Editing by Stephen…

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Beauty And The Beast (2017)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 2017.  Mandeville Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, Evan Spiliotopoulos, based on the story by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, and the 1991 screenplay by Linda Woolverton.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman.  Music by Alan Menken.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing…

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The Fifth Estate (2013)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/India/Belgium, 2013.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Anonymous Content, FBO, Umedia.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh, Luke Harding.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Steve Golin, Michael Sugar.  Music by Carter…

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The Guest (2014)

ADAM WINGARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  HanWay Films, Snoot Entertainment.  Screenplay by Simon Barrett.  Cinematography by Robby Baumgartner. Produced by Keith Calder, Jessica Wu.  Music by Steve Moore.  Production Design by Thomas S. Hammock.  Costume Design by Kathleen Detoro.  Film Editing by Adam Wingard.  Independent Spirit Awards 2014.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.   Sharply handsome Dan Stevens shows up at the home of his…

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Vamps (2012)

AMY HECKERLING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2012.  Lucky Monkey Pictures, Red Hour Films, Alvernia Production, Parlay Films, Electric Shadow USA, Alvernia Studios, Vamps.  Screenplay by Amy Heckerling.  Cinematography by Tim Suhrstedt.  Produced by Maria Teresa Arida, Adam Brightman, Stuart Cornfeld, Molly Hassell, Lauren Versel.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Dan Leigh.  Costume Design by Mona May.  Film Editing…

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A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

SCOTT FRANK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  1984 Private Defense Contractors, Cross Creek Pictures, Da Vinci Media Ventures, Double Feature Films, Exclusive Media Group, Jersey Films, Manu Propria Entertainment, Traveling Picture Show Company.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Lawrence Block.  Cinematography by Mihai Malaimare Jr..  Produced by Tobin Armbrust, Danny DeVito, Brian Oliver, Michael Shamberg, Stacey…

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The Big Brass Ring (1999)

GEORGE HICKENLOOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Millennium Films, Pfilmco.  Screenplay by F.X. Feeney, George Hickenlooper, based on an earlier screenplay by Orson Welles, Oja Kadar.  Cinematography by Kramer Morgenthau.  Produced by Andrew Pfeffer, Donald Zuckerman.  Music by Thomas Morse.  Production Design by Jerry Fleming.  Costume Design by Alexandra Welker.  Film Editing by Jim Makiej.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Orson Welles’…

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