No Time To Die (2021)

CARY JOJI FUKUNAGA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB United Kingdom/USA, 2021. Eon Productions, B25, Cinesite. Story by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on characters created by Ian Fleming. Cinematography by Linus Sandgren. Produced by Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson. Music…

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Knives Out (2019)

RIAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2019.  Lionsgate, Media Rights Capital, T-Street.  Screenplay by Rian Johnson.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Ram Bergman, Rian Johnson.  Music by Nathan Johnson.  Production Design by David Crank.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing by Bob Ducsay.   A famous mystery author (Christopher Plummer) who…

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Logan Lucky (2017)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2017.  Trans-Radial Pictures, Free Association. Screenplay by Rebecca Blunt.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh. Produced by Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Channing Tatum.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Steven Soderbergh.  Steven Soderbergh returns to feature film directing after a four year…

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The Invasion (2007)

OLIVER HIRSCHBIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/Australia, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Kajganich, based on the novel Body Snatchers by Jack Finney.  Cinematography by Rainer Klausmann.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Jack Fisk.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by Hans Funck, Joel Negron.   Fourth version of the…

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Spectre (2015)

SAM MENDES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2015.  B24, Columbia Pictures, Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Screenplay by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth, based on characters created by Ian Fleming.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson.  Music by Thomas Newman. Production Design by…

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Defiance (2008)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2008.  Paramount Vantage, Grosvenor Park Productions, The Bedford Falls Company, Defiance Productions.  Screenplay by Clayton Frohman, Edward Zwick, based on the book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans by Nechama Tec.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Pieter Jan Brugge, Edward Zwick.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Dan Weil.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film…

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom/Japan/Germany, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, Mutual Film Company, British Broadcasting Corporation, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Marubeni, Eidos Interactive, KFP Produktions GmbH & Co. KG, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa.  Story by Sara B. Cooper, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary, Screenplay by Patrick Massett, John Zinman, Adaptation by Simon West.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by…

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Dream House (2011)

JIM SHERIDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.5.  USA, 2011.  Cliffjack Motion Pictures, Morgan Creek Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by David Loucka.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Daniel Bobker, Ehren Kruger, David C. Robinson, James G. Robinson.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Delphine White.  Film Editing by Glen Scantlebury, Barbara Tulliver.   It’s hard to do worse than this thriller, producing…

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Infamous (2006)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2006.  Warner Independent Pictures, Killer Films.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the book Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career by George Plimpton.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Jocelyn Hayes, Christine Vachon, Anne Walker-McBay.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design…

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Love Is The Devil: Study For A Portrait Of Francis Bacon (1998)

JOHN MAYBURY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/France/Japan, 1998.  BBC Films, British Film Institute, Arts Council of England, Première Heure, Uplink, Partners In Crime, State.  Screenplay by John Maybury.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Chiara Menage.  Music by Ryûichi Sakamoto.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Annie Symons.  Film Editing by Daniel Goddard.   Absorbing and sometimes shocking look at the…

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The Golden Compass (2007)

CHRIS WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2007.  New Line Cinema, Ingenious Film Partners, Scholastic Productions, Depth of Field.  Screenplay by Chris Weitz, based on the novel Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.  Cinematography by Henry Braham.  Produced by Bill Carraro, Deborah Forte.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Anne V….

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Sylvia (2003)

CHRISTINE JEFFS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2003.  BBC Films, British Film Council, Capitol Films, Focus Features, Ruby Films.  Screenplay by John Brownlow.Cinematography by John Toon.  Produced by Alison Owen.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by Maria Djurkovic.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.   A sad waste of a great opportunity: Gwyneth Paltrow‘s beautiful work…

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