The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

MICHAEL SHOWALTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Canada/USA, 2021. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Freckle Films, MWM Studios, Searchlight Pictures, Semi-Formal Productions. Screenplay by Abe Sylvia, based on the documentary by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato. Cinematography by Mike Gioulakis. Produced by Kelly Carmichael, Jessica Chastain, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane. Music by Theodore Shapiro. Production Design by…

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

MARIELLE HELLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Archer Gray, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty. Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell.   Music by Nate Heller.  Production Design by Stephen H. Carter.   Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe.  Broke, unemployed and her celebrated biographies published…

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The Shape Of Water (2017)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Canada/USA, 2017.  Bull Productions, Double Dare You, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Story by Guillermo del Toro, Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor.  Cinematography by Dan Laustsen.  Produced by J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.   Production Design by Paul D. Austerberry.  Costume Design by Luis Sequeira.  Film Editing by Sidney Wolinsky.  Academy…

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Battle Of the Sexes (2017)

JONATHAN DAYTON, VALERIE FARIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin. Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Screen Actors…

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My Cousin Rachel (2017)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Free Range Films.  Screenplay by Roger Michell, based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Mike Eley.  Produced by Kevin Loader.  Music by Rael Jones.  Production Design by Alice Normington.  Costume Design by Dinah Collin.  Film Editing by Kristina Hetherington. Orphaned Sam Claflin was raised by his loving, older…

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Jackie (2016)

PABLO LARRAIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Chile/France/USA, 2016.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, LD Entertainment, Wild Bunch, Protozoa Pictures, Fabula, Why Not Productions, Endemol Shine North America, Bliss Media, Jackie Productions.  Screenplay by Noah Oppenheim.  Cinematography by Stephane Fontaine.  Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Pascal Caucheteux, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larrain, Mickey Liddell.  Music by Mica Levi.  Production Design…

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

MANDIE FLETCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2016.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, British Film Company.  Screenplay by Jennifer Saunders.  Cinematography by Chris Goodger.  Produced by Damian Jones, Jon Plowman.  Music by Jake Monaco.  Production Design by Harry Banks.  Costume Design by Rebecca Hale.  Film Editing by Anthony Boys, Gavin Buckley, Billy Sneddon.  Dorian Awards 2016.  They smoke too much, they drink too…

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Mistress America (2015)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2015.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, RT Features.  Screenplay by Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig.  Cinematography by Sam Levy.  Produced by Noah Baumbach, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lila Yacoub.  Music by Britta Phillips, Dean Wareham.  Production Design by Sam Lisenco.  Costume Design by Sarah Mae Burton.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lame.  Gotham Awards 2015.  Online Film Critics Awards 2015.   Lola…

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Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

THOMAS VINTERBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2015.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, BBC Films, TSG Entertainment, DNA Films.  Screenplay by David Nicholls, based on the novel by Thomas Hardy.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich.  Music by Craig Armstrong.  Production Design by Kave Quinn.  Costume Design by Janet Patterson.  Film Editing by Claire Simpson.   Carey Mulligan is perfectly cast as Thomas…

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Wild (2014)

JEAN-MARC VALLEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Bob Industries, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Pacific Standard.  Screenplay by Nick Hornby, based on the memoir Wild: From Lost To Found On the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Bruna Papandrea, Bill Pohlad, Reese Witherspoon.  Production Design by John Paino.  Costume Design by Melissa Bruning.  Film Editing by…

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The Drop (2014)

MICHAEL R. ROSKAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Big Screen Productions, Bob Industries, Chernin Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Ingenious Media, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Dennis Lehane, based on his short story Animal Rescue.  Cinematography by Nicolas Karakatsanis.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Mike Larocca.  Music by Marco Beltrami, Raf Keunen.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by David C….

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Calvary (2014)

JOHN MICHAEL McDONAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom, 2014.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, British Film Institute, Lipsync Productions, Reprisal Films, Octagon Films.  Screenplay by John Michael McDonagh.  Cinematography by Larry Smith.  Produced by Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez-Marengo, James Flynn.  Music by Patrick Cassidy.  Production Design by Mark Geraghty.  Costume Design by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh.  Film Editing by Chris Gill.  European Film…

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