Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

RICHARD PRESS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 2010.  First Thought Films.  Cinematography by Tony Cenicola, Richard Press.  Produced by Philip Gefter.  Music by Brooke Wentz.  Film Editing by Ryan Denmark.  Dorian Awards 2011.  Gotham Awards 2011.  Independent Spirit Awards 2011.   One moment in this deliciously fun documentary stands out above all the others: Bill Cunningham, New York City photographer…

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Take Shelter

JEFF NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011. Hydraulx, REI Capital, Grove Hill Productions, Strange Matter Films. Screenplay by Jeff Nichols. Cinematography by Adam Stone. Produced by Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin. Music by David Wingo. Production Design by Chad Keith. Costume Design by Karen Malecki. Film Editing by Parke Gregg. Gotham Awards 2011. Independent Spirit Awards 2011.  National Board of…

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Beginners (2010)

MIKE MILLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2010.     Olympus Pictures, Parts and Labor, Northwood Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Mills.  Cinematography by Kasper Tuxen.  Produced by Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Jay Van Hoy, Dean Vanech.  Music by Roger Neill, Dave Palmer, Brian Reitzell.  Production Design by Shane Valentino.  Costume Design by Jennifer Johnson.  Film Editing by Olivier Bugge Coutte.  Academy…

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The Tree Of Life (2011)

TERRENCE MALICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2011.  Cottonwood Pictures, River Road Entertainment, Brace Cove Productions, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Terrence Malick.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Nigel Ashcroft, Greg Eliason, Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Jack Fisk.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by Hank…

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Hell And Back Again

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Sergeant Nathan Harris returns from a tour in Afghanistan with a shattered hip after having been shot in battle. Readjusting to civilian life following the constant danger of action he saw overseas is a challenge both physically and mentally, as he and his wife spend their days shopping, getting fast food…

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Meek’s Cutoff (2010)

KELLY REICHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2010.  Evenstar Films, Film Science, Harmony Productions, Primitive Nerd.  Screenplay by Jonathan Raymond.  Cinematography by Christopher Blauvert.  Produced by Elizabeth Cuthrell, Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani, David Urrutia.  Music by Jeff Grace.  Production Design by David Doernberg.  Costume Design by Victoria Farrell.  Film Editing by Kelly Reichardt.  Gotham Awards 2011.  Independent Spirit Awards 2010.  Toronto International…

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Riveting, exceptional melodrama about a young woman surviving the effects of a cult-like commune in upstate New York. Elizabeth Olsen gives a superb performance as a young woman who runs away from her extended family and takes refuge with her bewildered sister (Sarah Paulson) to whom she hasn’t spoken in years. Staying…

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Margin Call (2011)

J.C. CHANDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Before The Door Pictures, Benaroya Pictures, Washington Square Films, Untitled Entertainment, Rose Pictures.  Screenplay by J.C. Chandor.  Cinematography by Frank G. DeMarco.  Produced by Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by John Paino.  Costume Design by Caroline Duncan.  Film Editing…

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Another Earth

B (out of 5) Other than a nifty plot and its featuring Tom Cruise’s cousin as a cast member, it staggers the mind that a film so terrible could get distribution. Shot on zero budget with zero skills, it stars writer-producer Brit Marling being released from prison after causing a car accident that took the life…

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The Descendants (2011)

ALEXANDER PAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 2011.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Ad Hominem Enterprises, Dune Entertainment. Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by…

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