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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Men Of Honor (2000)

GEORGE TILLMAN JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures.  Screenplay Scott Marshall Smith.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond. Produced by Bill Badalato, Robert Teitel.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Salvador Perez Jr..  Film Editing by John Carter, Dirk Westervelt.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   Exceptionally well-made movie about Carl Brashear,…

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

KEVIN RODNEY SULLIVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Terry McMillan, Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Terry McMillan. Cinematography by Jeff Jur.  Produced by Deborah Schindler.  Music by Michel Colombier.  Production Design by Chester Kaczenski.  Costume Design by Karen M. Davis.  Film Editing by George Bowers.   Stella gets her groove back alright, but the film…

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Sahara (2005)

BRECK EISNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Spain/Germany/USA, 2005.  Paramount Pictures, Bristol Bay Productions, Baldwin Entertainment Group, J.K. Livin Productions, Desertlands Entertainment, Kanzaman, Babelsberg Film, Moguletta, Sahara Productions.  Screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, John C. Richards, James V. Hart, based on the novel by Clive Cussler.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Stephanie Austin, Howard Baldwin,…

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Gremlins (1984)

JOE DANTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Chris Columbus.  Cinematography by John Hora.  Produced by Michael Finnell.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by James H. Spencer.  Costume Design by Norman A. Burza, Linda Matthews.  Film Editing by Tina Hirsch. The perfect way to entertain the kids, a horror movie that isn’t too horrific….

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Burlesque

BB.5 (out of 5) Christina Aguilera makes her starring debut as, what else, an aspiring singer who is tired of being mistreated by the owner of the Nowheresville, Iowa diner where she works. She helps herself to her salary from the cash register, hits the road and makes it to L.A., where she wastes no time…

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Super 8 (2011)

J.J. ABRAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2011.  Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Bad Robot, K/O Camera Toys.  Screenplay by J.J. Abrams.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Steven Spielberg.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Martin Whist.  Costume Design by Ha Nguyen.  Film Editing by Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2011.    A group…

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