Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

GEORGE C. WOLFE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play by August Wilson. Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler. Produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf. Music by Branford Marsalis. Production Design by Mark Ricker. Costume Design by Ann Roth. Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein. …

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Everything Is Copy (2015)

JACOB BERNSTEIN, NICK HOOKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 2015.  HBO Documentary Films, Home Box Office, Loveless.  Screenplay by Jacob Bernstein.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Carly Hugo, Matthew Parker.  Music by Joel Goodman.  Film Editing by Bob Eisenhardt.   Nora Ephron died in 2012 at the age of 71 of leukemia, and the shocking news of her death was…

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The Devil Wears Prada

DAVID FRANKEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2006.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Major Studio Partners.  Screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Wendy Finerman.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor.  Costume Design by Patricia Field.  Film Editing by Mark Livolsi.  Academy Awards 2006.  American Film Institute 2006.  Golden Globe Awards 2006. …

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Garden State

BBB (out of 5) Zach Braff directs and stars as a struggling Los Angeles actor who flies home to New Jersey to attend his mother’s funeral. He hooks up with an old friend (Peter Sarsgaard) and meets an off-the-wall girl (Natalie Portman) with whom he finds a connection in the midst of a mini-breakdown. Visually…

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