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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The Breadwinner (2017)

NORA TWOMEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 2017.  Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon, Mélusine Productions, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Gaia Entertainment, Gkids, Guru Animation Studio, Jolie Pas Productions.  Screen story by Deborah Ellis, Screenplay by Anita Doron, based on the book by Deborah Ellis.  Produced by Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young.  Music by Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna.  Production…

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Ferdinand (2017)

CARLOS SALDANHA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.    USA, 2017.  Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Screen story by Ron Burch, David Kidd, Don Rhymer, Screenplay by Robert L. Baird, Tim Federle, Brad Copeland, based on the book by Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson.  Cinematography by Renato Falcao.  Produced by Bruce Anderson, Lori Forte, Lisa Marie Stetler.  Music by John…

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Baby Driver (2017)

EDGAR WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.    United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  TriStar Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Double Negative, Big Talk Productions, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Edgar Wright.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nira Park.  Music by Steven Price.  Production Design by Marcus Rowland.  Costume Design by Courtney Hoffman.  Film Editing by Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss.  Academy…

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The Boss Baby (2017)

TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2017.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, based on the book by Marla Frazee.  Produced by Ramsey Ann Naito.  Music by Steve Mazzaro, Hans Zimmer.  Film Editing by James Ryan.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  North Carolina Film Critics Awards 2017.   A young boy’s perfect life as the top priority of his loving parents is dashed…

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A Fantastic Woman (2017)

SEBASTIAN LELIO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Una Mujer Fantastica  Chile/Germany/Spain/USA, 2017.  Participant Media, Fabula, Komplizen Film, Muchas Gracias, Setembro Cine, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, ARTE.  Screenplay by Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza.  Cinematography by Benjamin Echazarreta.  Produced by Juan de Dios Larrain, Pablo Larrain, Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza.  Music by Nani García, Matthew Herbert.  Production Design by Estefania Larrain.  Costume Design by Muriel…

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Loving Vincent (2017)

DOROTA KOBIELA, HUGH WELCHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Poland/United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  BreakThru Productions, Trademark Films, Silver Reel, Odra Film, Centrum Technologii Audiowizualnych, Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej, RBF Productions, Sevenex Capital Partners.  Screenplay by Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Jacek Dehnel.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver, Lukasz Zal.  Produced by Sean M. Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by…

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The Greatest Showman (2017)

MICHAEL GRACEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Screenplay by Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Laurence Mark, Jenno Topping.  Music by John Debney, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Joseph Trapanese.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Cross, Robert Duffy, Joe Hutshing, Michael…

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Molly’s Game (2017)

AARON SORKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   China/USA, 2017.  STX Entertainment, Huayi Brothers Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Pascal Pictures, Entertainment One.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Molly Bloom.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Matt Jackson, Amy Pascal.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Alan Baumgarten, Elliot Graham,…

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The Post (2017)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB. United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks, Participant Media, Pascal Pictures, Star Thrower Entertainment, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Liz Hannah, Josh Singer.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sarah Broshar, Michael Kahn.  Academy…

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Coco (2017)

LEE UNKRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2017.  Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios. Story by Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, Adrian Molina, Screenplay by Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich.  Cinematography by Matt Aspbury, Danielle Feinberg. Produced by Darla K. Anderson.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Harley Jessup. Film Editing by Steve Bloom, Lee Unkrich.  Academy Awards 2017. …

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First They Killed My Father (2017)

ANGELINA JOLIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   Cambodia/USA, 2017.  Netflix, Bophana Production.  Screenplay by Loung Ung, Angelina Jolie, based on the book by Loung Ung.  Cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle.  Produced by Angelina Jolie, Rithy Panh, Ted Sarandos, Michael Vieira.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Tom Brown.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Xavier Box, Patricia Rommel.  Dorian Awards…

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