The Midnight Sky (2020)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 2020. Anonymous Content, Netflix, Smokehouse Pictures, Syndicate Entertainment, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Mark L. Smith, based on the book Good Morning Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. Cinematography by Martin Ruhe. Produced by George Clooney, Bard Dorros, Grant Heslov, Keith Redmon, Cliff Roberts. Music by Alexandre Desplat. Production…

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A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2018.  Walt Disney Pictures, Whitaker Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jennifer Lee, Jeff Stockwell, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Catherine Hand, Jim Whitaker.  Music by Ramin Djawadi.  Production Design by Naomi Shohan.  Costume Design by Paco Delgado.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick. The disappearance of a brilliant…

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Queen Of Katwe (2016)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2016.  ESPN Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by William Wheeler, based on the ESPN Magazine article and book by Tim Crothers.  Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt. Produced by John B. Carls, Lydia Dean Pilcher.  Music by Alex Heffes.  Production Design by Stephanie Carroll.  Costume Design by Mobolaji Dawodu.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.  Toronto International…

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A Most Violent Year (2014)

J.C. CHANDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2014.  Before The Door Pictures, Washington Square Films, FilmNation Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Old Bull Pictures.  Screenplay by J.C. Chandor.   Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb.  Music by Alex Ebert.  Production Design by John P. Goldsmith.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Ron Patane.  Golden…

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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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Interstellar (2014)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Lynda Obst Productions, Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund, Atvinnuvega- og nýsköpunarráðuneytið.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)

RUPERT WYATT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Twentieth Century Fox, Dune Entertainment, Chernin Entertainment, Ingenious Media, Big Screen Productions, Ingenious Film Partners.  Screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, suggested by the novel La Planete des Singes by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Claude Pare.  Costume…

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The Help (2011)

TATE TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/India/United Arab Emirates, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, 1492 Pictures, Harbinger Pictures.  Screenplay by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing…

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A Sound Of Thunder (2005)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   United Kingdom/USA/Germany/Czech Republic, 2005.  Franchise Pictures, Crusader Entertainment, ApolloMedia Distribution, Baldwin Entertainment Group, Coco, Dante Entertainment, ETIC Films, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Film 111, Forge, Jericho Productions Ltd., MFF, Matrix Film Finance, Networxx – Film Management, QI Quality International GmbH & Co. KG, Scenario Lane Productions, Signature Pictures.  Screen story by…

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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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Derailed (2005)

MIKAEL HAFSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2005.  Di Bonaventura Pictures, Miramax, Patalex V Productions Limited.  Screenplay by Stuart Beattie, based on the novel by James Siegel.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by Andrew Laws.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Peter Boyle.   As fun as it is to see Jennifer…

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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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