Respect (2021)

LIESL TOMMY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB Canada/USA, 2021. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Glickmania. Story by Callie Khouri, Tracey Scott Wilson, Screenplay by Tracey Scott Wilson. Cinematography by Kramer Morgenthau. Produced by Scott Bernstein, Jonathan Glickman, Harvey Mason Jr., Stacey Sher. Music by Kris Bowers. Production Design by Ina Mayhew. Costume…

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Passing (2021)

REBECCA HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2021. AUM Group, Film4, Flat Five Productions, Gamechanger Films, Hungry Bull Productions, Picture Films, Significant Productions, Sweet Tomato Films, TGCK Partners, XRM Media. Screenplay by Rebecca Hall, based on the novel by Nella Larsen. Cinematography by Eduard Grau. Produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Rebecca Hall,…

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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

DAVID E. TALBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0 USA, 2020. Golden Girl, Get Lifted Film Company, Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Screenplay by David E. Talbert. Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin. Produced by Kristin Burr, Mike Jackson, John Legend, David McIlvain, Lyn Sisson-Talbert, David E. Talbert. Music by John Debney, Michael Diskint. Production Design by Gavin Bocquet….

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Songs My Brother Taught Me (2015)

CHLOE ZAO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB .  USA, 2015.  Film Independent, Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, HEART-headed Productions, Highwayman Films, Nifty Productions, Standalone Productions.  Screenplay by Chloé Zhao.  Cinematography by Joshua James Richards.   Produced by Mollye Asher, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Angela C. Lee, Forest Whitaker, Chloé Zhao.  Music by Peter Golub.  Production Design by Melissa…

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Sorry To Bother You (2018)

BOOTS RILEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Cinereach, Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, MACRO, MNM Creative, The Space Program.  Screenplay by Boots Riley.  Cinematography by Doug Emmett.  Produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi,  Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, Kelly Williams.  Music by The Coup, Merrill Garbus, Boots Riley, Tune-Yards. Production Design by Jason Kisvarday.  Costume Design by Deirdra Elizabeth…

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Ernest & Celestine (2012)

STEPHANE AUBIER, VINCENT PATAR, BENJAMIN RENNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Ernest Et Celestine France/Belgium/Luxembourg, 2012.  La Parti Productions, Les Armateurs, Maybe Movies, Mélusine Productions, StudioCanal.  Scenario and dialogue by Daniel Pennac, based on the albums by Gabrielle Vincent.  Produced by Eric Beckman, Didier Brunner, David Jesteadt, Henri Magalon, Stephan Roelants, Michael Sinterniklaas, Vincent Tavier.  Music by Vincent…

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Black Panther (2018)

RYAN COOGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole, based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Rachel Morrison.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Ludwig Göransson.  Production Design by Hannah Beachler.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Debbie Berman, Michael P. Shawyer. …

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A Rage In Harlem (1991)

BILL DUKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1991.  Palace Pictures, Miramax.  Screenplay by John Toles-Bey, Bobby Crawford, based on the novel by Chester Himes.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by Kerry Rock, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Elmer Bernstein, Jeff Vincent.  Production Design by Steven Legler.  Costume Design by Nele Samples.  Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton.   A magnificent shoot-out in mid-fifties Mississippi ends with…

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

GARETH EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2016.  Lucasfilm, Allison Shearmur Productions, Black Hangar Studios, Stereo D, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by John Knoll, Gary Whitta, Screenplay by Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy, based on characters created by George Lucas. Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Simon Emanuel, Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by…

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Arrival (2016)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2016.  Lava Bear Films, FilmNation Entertainment, 21 Laps Entertainment.  Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, based on the story Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder.  Music by Johann Johannsson.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by…

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Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Germany/USA/Japan, 1999.  Pandora Filmproduktion, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Degeto Film, Plywood Productions, Bac Films, Canal+, JVC Entertainment Networks.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Richard Guay, Jim Jarmusch.  Music by RZA.  Production Design by Ted Berner.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.   Forest Whitaker is…

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Zulu (2013)

JEROME SALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France/South Africa, 2013.  Eskwad, Pathé, Lobster Tree, M6 Films, Canal+, Ciné+, M6, W9.  Screenplay by Julien Rappeneau, Jerome Salle, based on the book by Caryl Ferey. Cinematography by Denis Rouden.  Produced by Richard Grandpierre.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Laurent Ott.  Costume Design by Rae Donnelly.  Film Editing by Stan Collet.   Cape Town police officers…

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