Wildlife (2018)

PAUL DANO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  June Pictures, Nine Stories Productions, Sight Unseen Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, based on the book by Richard Ford.  Cinematography by Diego García.  Produced by Paul Dano, Andrew Duncan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Alex Saks.  Music by David Lang.  Production Design by Akin McKenzie.  Costume Design by…

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Okja (2017)

JOON-HO BONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  South Korea/USA, 2017.  Kate Street Picture Company, Lewis Pictures, Plan B Entertainment.  Story by Joon-ho Bong, Screenplay by Joon-ho Bong, Jon Ronson.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Joon-ho Bong, Dooho Choi, Dede Gardner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Jeremy Kleiner, Ted Sarandos, Woo-sik Seo.  Music by Jaeil Jung.  Production Design by Ha-jun Lee, Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Se-yeon Choi, Catherine George.  Film…

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Life (2017)

DANIEL ESPINOSA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Columbia Pictures, Skydance Media.  Screenplay by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Bonnie Curtis, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Julie Lynn.  Music by Jon Ekstrand.  Production Design by Nigel Phelps.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film Editing by Mary Jo Markey, Frances Parker.   The crew aboard an international space station orbiting Earth capture a probe returning…

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Nocturnal Animals

BBB (out of 5) Amy Adams plays a successful, perfectly coiffed Los Angeles art gallery owner whose relationship with husband Armie Hammer has cooled.  She receives a package in the mail from her first husband that turns out to be the galleys of his soon-to-be published novel, a violent and disturbing tale of brutal, feral…

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Everest

BBB (out of 5) Following the first successful climb to the summit of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who reached the top of the world’s highest peak in 1953, mountain climbing escalated in popularity to the extent that Rob Hall made it a profitable business in the nineties.  Hall took wealthy patrons…

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Nightcrawler (2014)

DAN GILROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2014.  Bold Films, Nightcrawler.  Screenplay by Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Kevin Kavanaugh.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film Editing by John Gilroy.  Academy Awards 2014.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.  Gotham Awards 2014.   Toronto International Film Festival 2014. It’s hard to make…

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City Slickers

BBB.5 (out of 5) Three stressed out city company men and age-old friends (Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby, Daniel Stern) decide that the perfect way to ease up their workload is a paid Wild West vacation on a cattle ranch. Once there they learn the age-old technique of cattle-herding from a wise cowboy (Jack Palance) who…

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Moonlight Mile

BB (out of 5) After a middle-aged couple (Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon) lose their daughter to murder, they find their lives are at a standstill while they look for something to help them move along. Their daughter’s fiance (Jake Gyllenhaal) is in a similar position, unable to sort out his feelings long enough to decide…

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Brothers

BB (out of 5) Remake of the Danish film by Susanne Bier is hampered by a dull script and painfully inappropriate casting. Siblings Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire are complete opposites in ways that do not harm their relationship but seem to be a problem for those around them. Soldier Maguire is studious and responsible while local…

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Proof (2005)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2005.  Miramax, Endgame Entertainment, Hart-Sharp Entertainment, Inside Track 1.  Screenplay by David Auburn, Rebecca Miller, based on the play by David Auburn.  Cinematography by Alwin H. Kuchler.  Produced by Robert Kessel, Alison Owen,Jeffrey Sharp.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Alice Normington.  Costume Design by Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.  Golden Globe Awards 2005.  Toronto…

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Donnie Darko

BBBB (out of 5) Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a troubled teen in therapy who keeps seeing visions of a giant man with a rabbit’s head telling him to create mayhem with acts of vandalism, and then predicts the end of the world. Twenty seven year-old Richard Kelly’s feature film debut is an assured, fascinating…

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October Sky

BBBB (out of 5) Jake Gyllenhaal‘s impressive starring debut was in this excellent family drama. It’s the true story of Homer Hickam (you know a writer wouldn’t make up that name), a boy from a West Virginia coal mining town who, along with his three best friends, dreams of being a rocket scientist after witnessing…

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