Isle of Dogs (2018)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA/Germany, 2018.  American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, Screenplay by Wes Anderson.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Paul Harrod, Adam Stockhausen.  Film Editing by…

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

MARTIN McDONAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Blueprint Pictures.  Screenplay by Martin McDonagh.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Martin McDonagh. Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Inbal Weinberg.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Jon Gregory.  Academy Awards 2017.  AFI Awards 2017.  Dorian Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Independent Spirit Awards…

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Hidden Agenda (1990)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom, 1990.  Hemdale, Initial.  Screenplay by Jim Allen.  Cinematography by Clive Tickner.  Produced by Eric Fellner.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Martin Johnson.  Costume Design by Daphne Dare.  Film Editing by Jonathan Morris.  Cannes Film Festival 1990.  Toronto International Film Festival 1990. A lawyer (Brad Dourif) and a former documentary filmmaker (Frances McDormand) are investigating allegations…

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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2016.  Universal Pictures, Working Title Films, Mike Zoss Productions, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Eric Fellner.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Ethan Coen,…

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This Must Be The Place (2011)

PAOLO SORRENTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Italy/France/Ireland, 2011.  Indigo Film, Lucky Red, Medusa Film, ARP Sélection, France 2 Cinéma, Element Pictures, Bord Scannan na hEireann / Irish Film Board, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Eurimages Council of Europe, Section 481, Sky, Canal+, CinéCinéma, France Télévision, Intesa San Paolo, Pathé.  Screenplay by Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello.  Cinematography by Luca…

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Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2008)

BHARAT NALLURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2008.  Focus Features, Kudos Productions Ltd., Keylight Productions, Twins Financing, Shine Pictures.  Screenplay by David Magee, Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel by Winifred Watson.  Cinematography by John de Borman.  Produced by Nellie Bellflower, Stephen Garrett.  Music by Paul Englishby.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Michael O’Connor.  Film Editing by Barney…

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Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

NANCY MEYERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Warner Bros., Waverly Films.  Screenplay by Nancy Meyers.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Bruce A. Block.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Joe Hutshing.  Academy Awards 2003.  Golden Globe Awards 2003.  National Board of Review Awards 2003.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards…

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Madeline (1998)

DAISY VON SCHERLER-MAYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.    France/USA, 1998.  Jaffilms, Madeline Films, TriStar Pictures.  Screen story by Malia Scotch Marmo, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett, Screenplay by Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett, based on the books by Ludwig Bemelmans. Cinematography by Pierre Aim.  Produced by Saul Cooper, Pancho Kohner, Allyn Stewart.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Hugo…

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Aeon Flux (2005)

KARYN KUSAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2005.  Paramount Pictures, Lakeshore Entertainment, Valhalla Motion Pictures, MTV Films, MTV Productions, Colossal Pictures.  Screenplay by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, based on characters created by Peter Chung.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by David Gale, Gregory Goodman, Martha Griffin, Gale Anne Hurd, Gary Lucchesi.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume…

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The Butcher’s Wife

BB.5 (out of 5) Demi Moore attempts to lighten up a bit in this quirky comedy, but she is painfully miscast in the lead role. She plays a clairvoyant New Englander who sees a future husband in a vision and decides that, when New York butcher George Dzundza washes up on her shore, she has met her…

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Friends With Money (2006)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2006.  This Is That Productions.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener.  Cinematography by Terry Stacey.  Produced by Anthony Bregman.  Music by Rickie Lee Jones.  Production Design by Amy B. Ancona.  Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.  Independent Spirit Awards 2006.   Nicole Holofcener has created another fascinating look at women who are both challenging…

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Primal Fear

GREGORY HOBLIT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB (out of 5) Excellent courtroom thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. When a prominent Chicago priest is murdered, a young Kentucky boy (Edward Norton) from the church’s orphanage is caught running away from the crime scene. Knowing this to be a high profile…

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