Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant…

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Mother! (2017)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2017.  Protozoa Pictures.  Screenplay by Darren Aronofsky.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Scott Franklin, Ari Handel.  Music by Tony Finno.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Dorian Awards 2017.  Online Film Critics Awards 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.  Venice Film Festival 2017. A happily…

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Gold (2016)

STEPHEN GAGHAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Black Bear Pictures, Boies / Schiller Film Group, Hwy61, Living Films.  Screenplay by Patrick Massett, John Zinman.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Patrick Massett, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Nozik, Teddy Schwarzman, John Zinman.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by Maria Djurkovic.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Douglas Crise, Rick Grayson.  Golden Globe…

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Transamerica (2005)

DUNCAN TUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2005.  Belladonna Productions.  Screenplay by Duncan Tucker.  Cinematography by Stephen Kazmierski.  Produced by Rene Bastian, Sebastian Dungan, Linda Moran.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Mark White.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Pam Wise.  Academy Awards 2005.  Golden Globe Awards 2005. Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005.   Toronto International Film Festival 2005.   Felicity Huffman plays a…

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Thank You For Smoking (2005)

JASON REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2005.  Room 9 Entertainment, TYFS Productions LLC, ContentFilm, Major Studio Partners.  Screenplay by Jason Reitman, based on the novel by Christopher Buckley.  Cinematography by Jim Whitaker.  Produced by David O. Sacks.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Steve Saklad.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Dana E. Glauberman.  Golden Globe Awards 2005. Independent Spirit Awards…

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Northfork (2003)

MICHAEL POLISH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Paramount Classics, Romano Shane Productions, Departure Entertainment, Prohibition Pictures, Polish Brothers Construction, Northfork Productions.  Screenplay by Mark Polish, Michael Polish.  Cinematography by M. David Mullen.  Produced by Mark Polish, Michael Polish.  Music by Stuart Matthewman. Production Design by Brandee Dell’Aringa, Del Polish, Ichelle Spitzig.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Leo Trombetta.  Independent Spirit…

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On The Road (2012)

WALTER SALLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  France/USA/United Kingdom/Brazil/Canada, 2012.  MK2 Productions, American Zoetrope, Jerry Leider Company, Vanguard Films, Film4, France 2 Cinema, France Televisions, Canal+, Cine+, VideoFilmes.  Screenplay by Jose Rivera, based on the novel by Jack Kerouac.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Roman Coppola, Charles Gillibert, Nathanael Karmitz, Rebecca Yeldham.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by…

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This Is The End

BB.5 (out of 5) One joke is spread quite thin over two hours as a group of popular comedic actors play fictionalized versions of themselves in an apocalyptic farce. Seth Rogen picks up surly Jay Baruchel from the airport and plans a big weekend for them, Rogen particularly sensitive to the fact that Baruchel hates spending…

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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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L.I.E.

BBBB (out of 5) Disturbing, dramatically intense film about a fifteen year-old boy whose entire world leaves him prey to destruction in a very short period of time. After an accident on the Long Island Expressway takes his mother, young Howie Blitzer (Paul Dano) is further upset by his father taking up a sexual affair…

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Milk (2008)

GUS VAN SANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2008.  Focus Features, Axon Films, Groundswell Productions, Jinks/Cohen Company, Cinema Vehicle Services.  Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Elliot Graham.  Academy Awards 2008.  American Film Institute 2008.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2008. …

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Up In The Air

JASON REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2009.  Paramount Pictures, Cold Spring Pictures, DreamWorks, The Montecito Picture Company, Rickshaw Productions, Right of Way Films.  Screenplay by Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kirn.  Cinematography by Eric Steelberg.  Produced by Jeffrey Clifford, Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Steve Saklad.  Costume…

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