Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

GEORGE C. WOLFE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play by August Wilson. Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler. Produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf. Music by Branford Marsalis. Production Design by Mark Ricker. Costume Design by Ann Roth. Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein. …

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Devil In A Blue Dress (1995)

CARL FRANKLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1995.  TriStar Pictures, Clinica Estetico, Mundy Lane Entertainment.   Screenplay by Carl Franklin, based on the novel by Walter Mosley. Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto. Produced by Jesse Beaton, Gary Goetzman.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis. Film Editing by…

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Unstoppable (2010)

TONY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2010.  Twentieth Century Fox, Prospect Park, Scott Free Productions, Firm Films, Millbrook Farm Productions.  Screenplay by Mark Bomback.  Cinematography by Ben Seresin.  Produced by Eric McLeod, Mimi Rogers, Tony Scott, Julie Yorn, Alex Young.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Chris Seagers.  Costume Design by…

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The Equalizer 2 (2018)

ANTOINE FUQUA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Escape Artists, Fuqua Films, Lonetree Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ZHIV Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Wenk, based on the television series created by Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Tony Eldridge, Antoine Fuqua, Mace Neufeld, Alex Siskin, Michael…

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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

DAN GILROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Canada/United Arab Emirates/USA, 2017.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Cross Creek Pictures,  Culture China – Image Nation Abu Dhabi Fund, Escape Artists, First Look Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, LStar Capital, MACRO.  Screenplay by Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Todd Black, Jennifer Fox, Denzel Washington.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design…

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Fences (2016)

DENZEL WASHINGTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Bron Studios, Escape Artists, MACRO, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by August Wilson, based on his play.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Todd Black, Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Hughes Winborne.  Academy Awards 2016. …

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Cry Freedom (1987)

RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1987.  Universal Pictures, Marble Arch Productions.  Screenplay by John Briley, based on the books Biko and Asking For Trouble by Donald Woods.  Cinematography by Ronnie Taylor.  Produced by Richard Attenborough.  Music by George Fenton, Jonas Gwangwa.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by John Mollo.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe…

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The Equalizer (2014)

ANTOINE FUQUA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.    USA, 2014.  Columbia Pictures, LStar Capital, Village Roadshow Pictures, Escape Artists, ZHIV Productions, Mace Neufeld Productions, Lonetree Entertainment.  Directed by Antoine Fuqua.  Screenplay by Richard Wenk, based on the television series by Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim.  Cinematography by Mauro Fiore.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Tony Eldridge, Mace Neufeld, Alex Siskin, Michael Sloan,…

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Remember The Titans (2000)

BOAZ YAKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Run It Up Productions Inc., Technical Black, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Gregory Allen Howard.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Deborah Evans.  Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin.  Film Editing by Michael Tronick.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2000. What do you…

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Glory (1989)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1989.  TriStar Pictures, Freddie Fields Productions.  Screenplay by Kevin Jarre, based on the letters of Robert Gould Shaw, the book Lay This Laurel by Lincoln Kirstein and the book One Gallant Rush by Peter Burchard.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Freddie Fields.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Norman Garwood.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film…

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Courage Under Fire (1996)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Davis Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures, Joseph M. Singer Entertainment.  Screenplay by Patrick Sheane Duncan.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by John Davis, David T. Friendly, Joseph Singer.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by John Graysmark.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by Steven Rosenblum.   Pointlessly empty drama that really should have been excellent…

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The Bone Collector (1999)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Jeremy Iacone, based on the book by Jeffery Deaver.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Martin Bregman, Michael Bregman, Louis A. Stroller.  Music by Craig Armstrong.  Production Design by Nigel Phelps.  Costume Design by Odette Gadoury.  Film Editing by William Hoy. Typical and predictable thriller that is worth watching…

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