The Revenant (2015)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2015.  Regency Enterprises, RatPac Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Anonymous Content, M Productions, Appian Way, Alpha Pictures, CatchPlay, Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l..  Screenplay by Mark L. Smith, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, based in part on the novel by Michael Punke.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Steve Golin, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, David…

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2014)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  New Regency Pictures, M Productions, Le Grisbi Productions, TSG Entertainment, Worldview Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole.  Music by Antonio Sanchez.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Douglas…

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The Cat In The Hat (2003)

BO WELCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 2003.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, based on the book by Dr. Seuss.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Alex McDowell.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Don Zimmerman.   It’s rather difficult to decide what’s the worst aspect…

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Reality Bites (1994)

BEN STILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  Jersey Films, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Helen Childress.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg.  Production Design by Sharon Seymour.   Costume Design by Eugenie Bafaloukos.  Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin, John Spence.  Gen X-ers graduate from college and are unable to find themselves a place in the…

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004)

BRAD SILBERLING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon Movies, Kumar Mobiliengesellschaft mbH & Co. Projekt Nr. 2 KG, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Gordon, based on the books The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window by Daniel Handler.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Jim…

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The Assassination Of Richard Nixon (2004)

NIELS MUELLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Mexico, 2004.  Anhelo Productions, Appian Way, Esperanto Filmoj.  Screenplay by Kevin Kennedy, Niels Mueller.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Alfonso Cuaron, Jorge Vergara.  Music by Steven M. Stern. Production Design by Lester Cohen.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Jay Cassidy.   It’s 1974, and Samuel Bicke (Sean Penn) is sick and…

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Ali (2001)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2001.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Forward Pass, Initial Entertainment Group, Moonlighting Films, Overbrook Entertainment, Peters Entertainment, Picture Entertainment.  Story by Gregory Allen Howard, Screenplay by Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Eric Roth, Michael Mann.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Paul Ardaji, A. Kitman Ho, James Lassiter, Michael Mann, Jon Peters.  Music by…

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The New World (2005)

TERRENCE MALICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2005.  New Line Cinema, Sunflower Productions, Sarah Green Film, First Foot Films, The Virginia Company LLC.  Screenplay by Terrence Malick.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Sarah Green.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Jack Fisk.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by Richard Chew, Hank Corwin, Saar Klein, Mark Yoshikawa.  …

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The Tree Of Life (2011)

TERRENCE MALICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2011.  Cottonwood Pictures, River Road Entertainment, Brace Cove Productions, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Terrence Malick.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Nigel Ashcroft, Greg Eliason, Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Jack Fisk.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by Hank…

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Gravity (2013)

ALFONSO CUARON Bil’s rating (out of  5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2013.  Warner Bros., Esperanto Filmoj, Heyday Films.  Screenplay by Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman.  Music by Steven Price.  Production Design by Andy Nicholson.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger.  Academy Awards 2013.  American Film Institute 2013.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2013….

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Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (1999)

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Franchise Pictures, Avnet/Kerner Productions, LTZ II Inc..  Screenplay by Rodrigo Garcia.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Jon Avnet, Lisa Lindstrom, Marsha Oglesby.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by Jerry Fleming.  Costume Design by George L. Little.  Film Editing by Amy E. Duddleston.   Excellent ensemble piece takes a look at the private moments in…

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The Birdcage (1996)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.   United Artists.   Screenplay by Elaine May, based on the screenplay by Francis Veber, Edouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon, Jean Poiret, from the play La Cage Aux Folles by Jean Poiret.   Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.   Produced by Mike Nichols.   Music by Stephen Sondheim.   Production Design by Bo Welch.   Costume…

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