One Night In Miami (2020)

REGINA KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2020. ABKCO Films, Snoot Entertainment. Screenplay by Kemp Powers, based on his play. Cinematography by Tami Reiker. Produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Page Buckner, Barry Robison. Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Film Editing by Tariq…

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Boomerang (1992)

REGINALD HUDLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1992.  Paramount Pictures, Imagine Films Entertainment, Eddie Murphy Productions.  Story by Eddie Murphy, Screenplay by Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield.  Cinematography by Woody Omens.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Warrington Hudlin.  Music by Marcus Miller.  Production Design by Jane Musky. Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.   Film Editing by John Carter, Michael Jablow, Earl…

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The Birth Of A Nation (2016)

NATE PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA/Canada, 2016.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Follow Through Productions, Hit 55 Ventures, Infinity United Entertainment, Juniper Productions, Mandalay Pictures, Novofam Productions, Oster Media, Phantom Four, Point Made Films, Tiny Giant Entertainment.  Story by Nate Parker, Jean McGianni Celestin, Screenplay by Nate Parker.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Jason…

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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

DAN GILROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Canada/United Arab Emirates/USA, 2017.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Cross Creek Pictures,  Culture China – Image Nation Abu Dhabi Fund, Escape Artists, First Look Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, LStar Capital, MACRO.  Screenplay by Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Todd Black, Jennifer Fox, Denzel Washington.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design…

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Detroit (2017)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2017.  Annapurna Pictures, First Light Production, Page 1.  Screenplay by Mark Boal.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison, Colin Wilson.   Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Jeremy Hindle.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Harry Yoon. Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark…

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Glory (1989)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1989.  TriStar Pictures, Freddie Fields Productions.  Screenplay by Kevin Jarre, based on the letters of Robert Gould Shaw, the book Lay This Laurel by Lincoln Kirstein and the book One Gallant Rush by Peter Burchard.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Freddie Fields.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Norman Garwood.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film…

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Courage Under Fire (1996)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Davis Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures, Joseph M. Singer Entertainment.  Screenplay by Patrick Sheane Duncan.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by John Davis, David T. Friendly, Joseph Singer.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by John Graysmark.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by Steven Rosenblum.   Pointlessly empty drama that really should have been excellent…

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Hard Ball (2001)

BRIAN ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, Fireworks Pictures, Nides/McCormick Productions, Tollin/Robbins Productions, GHS Productions KG, Munich Film Partners & Company.  Screenplay by John Gatins, based on the book Hardball: A Season In The Projects by Daniel Coyle.  Cinematography by Tom Richmond. Produced by Tina Nides, Brian Robbins, Michael Tollin.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design…

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Corrina, Corrina

JESSIE NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1994.  New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Jessie Nelson.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Paula Mazur, Jessie Nelson, Steve Tisch.  Music by Rick Cox.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by John Hayles, Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by Lee Percy.   One of the most insightful views into strained race relations in Small Town…

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Kingdom Come (2001)

DOUG McHENRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2001.  Bates Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Turman-Morrissey Company.  Screenplay by David Dean Bottrell, Jessie Jones, based on their play Dearly Departed.  Cinematography by Francis Kenny.  Produced by Edward Bates, John Morrissey.  Music by Tyler Bates, John E. Rhone.  Production Design by Simon Dobbin.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.   Even for…

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Serving Sara (2002)

REGINALD HUDLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Germany/USA, 2002.  FTM Productions, Halsted Pictures, Illusion Entertainment, KC Medien, MP Movies Management, MPS Studios, Mandalay Pictures.  Screenplay by Jay Scherick, David Ronn.  Cinematography by Robert Brinkmann.  Produced by Dan Halsted.  Music by Marcus Miller.  Production Design by Rusty Smith.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by Jim Miller. Matthew Perry plays a hapless process server (which is…

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The Negotiator (1998)

F. GARY GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Germany/USA, 1998.  Regency Enterprises, Mandeville Films, New Regency Pictures, Monarchy Enterprises B.V.,Taurus Film.  Screenplay by James DeMonaco, Kevin Fox.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by David Hoberman, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Holger Gross.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by Christian Wagner.  Tense as anything can be, this slick…

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