Little Women (2019)

GRETA GERWIG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.    USA, 2019.  Columbia Pictures, Instinctual VFX, New Regency Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Screenplay by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Yorick Le Saux.  Produced by Denise Di Novi, Amy Pascal, Robin Swicord.  Music by Alexandre Desplat. …

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The Circle (2017)

JAMES PONSOLDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   United Arab Emirates/USA, 2017.  1978 Films, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Likely Story, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Playtone, Route One Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Ponsoldt, Dave Eggers, based on the novel by Dave Eggers.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Gary Goetzman, James Ponsoldt.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Gerald Sullivan.  Costume Design…

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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 Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

STEPHEN CHBOSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2012.  Summit Entertainment, Mr. Mudd.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, based on his book.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by Michael Brook.  Production Design by Inbal Weinberg.  Costume Design by David C. Robinson.  Film Editing by Mary Jo Market.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2012. Dorian Awards 2012.    Independent Spirit…

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Noah (2014)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures, Disruption Entertainment, FortyFour Studios.  Screenplay by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.   The Bible gets the Dark Knight…

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Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (2007)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films, Cool Music.  Screenplay by Michael Goldenberg, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Slawomir Idziak.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman, Lorne Orleans.  Music by Nicholas Hooper.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.   Year five and counting. Following the…

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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films.  Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman.  Music by Nicholas Hooper.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.   Yet another academic year at the Hogwarts school as the…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2011.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films, Moving Picture Company. Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman, J.K. Rowling.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.   Seven books, eight movies…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2010.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films.  Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman, J.K. Rowling.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.   Films that began as a series of imaginative…

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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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My Week With Marilyn

BBB.5 (out of 5) The ancient tradition of coming-of-age stories is once again trotted out as Eddie Redmayne abandons his aristocratic homestead in the country and heads to Pinewood Studios in search of his dream of making it in the movies. Thanks to family connections and his own dogged determination to not be turned away,…

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The Bling Ring (2013)

SOFIA COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA/United Kingdom/France/ Germany/Japan, 2013.  American Zoetrope, FilmNation Entertainment, NALA Films, Pathe Distribution, StudioCanal, TOBIS Film, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Sofia Coppola, based on the Vanity Fair article The Suspect Wore Louboutins by Nancy Jo Sales.  Cinematography by Christopher Blauvelt, Harris Savides.  Produced by Roman Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Youree Henley.  Music by Daniel…

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