Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

SAM TAYLOR-JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2015.  Focus Features, Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street Productions.  Screenplay by Kelly Marcel, based on the novel by E.L. James.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, E.L. James.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates, Lisa…

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Furious Seven (2015)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Alternate title:  Fast & Furious 7 USA/Japan, 2015.  Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, China Film Co., Original Film, One Race Films, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network, Québec Production Services Tax Credit, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Abu Dhabi Film Commission.  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created…

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Grandma (2015)

PAUL WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Depth of Field, 1821 Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Weitz.  Cinematography by Tobias Datum.  Produced by Terry Dougas, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis, Andrew Miano, Paul Weitz.  Music by Joel P. West.  Production Design by Cindy Chao, Michele Yu.  Costume Design by Molly Grundman.  Film Editing by Jon Corn.  Dorian Awards 2015.   Golden Globe Awards 2015.  Gotham…

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The Lady In The Van (2015)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2015.  BBC Films, TriStar Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Bennett, based on his memoir.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.  Golden Globe Awards 2015.  Toronto International Film Festival 2015. Having newly…

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Mustang (2015)

DENIZ GAMZE ERGUVEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Turkey/France/Qatar/Germany, 2015.  CG Cinéma, Vistamar Filmproduktion, Uhlandfilm, Bam Film, Kinology,Canal+, Cine+, ZDF/Arte, Eurimages, Turkish Culture Ministry, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Filmforderungsanstalt, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Doha Film Institute.  Screenplay by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour.  Cinematography by David Chizallet, Ersin Gok.  Produced by Charles Gillibert.  Music by Warren Ellis.  Production Design by Serdar…

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The Revenant (2015)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2015.  Regency Enterprises, RatPac Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Anonymous Content, M Productions, Appian Way, Alpha Pictures, CatchPlay, Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l..  Screenplay by Mark L. Smith, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, based in part on the novel by Michael Punke.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Steve Golin, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, David…

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Anomalisa (2015)

CHARLIE KAUFMAN, DUKE JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Harmonius Claptrap, Snoot Entertainment, Starburns Industries.  Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, based on his play.  Cinematography by Joe Passarelli.  Produced by Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman, Dino Stamatopoulos, Rosa Tran.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by John Joyce, Huy Vu.  Costume Design by Susan Donym.  Film Editing by Garret Elkins.  Academy Awards 2015. Boston…

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The Danish Girl (2015)

TOM HOOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/USA, 2015.  Working Title Films, Pretty Pictures, ReVision Pictures, Senator Global Productions, Copenhagen Film Fund, Artemis Productions, Shelter Prod, Taxshelter. be, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Federal de Belgique.  Screenplay by Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel by David Ebershoff.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner,…

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Creed (2015)

RYAN COOGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2015.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Chartoff-Winkler Productions.  Story by Ryan Coogler, Screenplay by Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, based on characters created by Sylvester Stallone.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, William Chartoff, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King Templeton, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Ludwig Göransson.  Production…

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The Hateful Eight (2015)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2015.  Visiona Romantica, Double Feature Films, FilmColony.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Shannon McIntosh, Stacey Sher.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Yohei Taneda.  Costume Design by Courtney Hoffman.  Film Editing by Fred Raskin.  Academy Awards 2015.  Golden Globe Awards 2015.  Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2015.   …

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Danny Collins (2015)

DAN FOGELMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Big Indie Pictures, ShivHans Pictures.  Screenplay by Dan Fogelman.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Nimitt Mankad, Jessie Nelson.  Music by Ryan Adams, Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Film Editing by Julie Monroe.  Golden Globe Awards 2015.   Al Pacino plays a Manilow-esque crooner who hasn’t written a song in decades but…

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99 Homes (2014)

RAMIN BAHRANI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2014.  Broad Green Pictures, Hyde Park Entertainment, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Noruz Films.  Story by Ramin Bahrani, Bahareh Azimi, Screenplay by Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Ashok Amritraj, Ramin Bahrani, Andrew Garfield, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen.  Music by Antony Partos, Matteo Zingales.  Production Design by Alex DiGerlando.  Costume Design by…

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