Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

TAIKA WAITITI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA, 2017.  Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Government of Australia.  Screenplay by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher L. Yost, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, with story elements from Planet Hulk by Greg Pak, Carlo Pagulayan and the works of Walter…

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California Split (1974)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1974.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Spelling Goldberg, Won World.  Screenplay by Joseph Walsh.  Cinematography by Paul Lohmann.  Produced by Robert Altman, Joseph Walsh.  Production Design by Leon Ericksen.  Costume Design by Hugh McFarland.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown, Lou Lombardo.  Compulsive gambler George Segal plays poker at a gaming venue where he meets…

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

J.A. BAYONA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment, Perfect World Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Oscar Faura.  Produced by Belen Atienza, Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Andy Nicholson.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by Bernat Vilaplana. With…

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Isle of Dogs (2018)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA/Germany, 2018.  American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, Screenplay by Wes Anderson.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Paul Harrod, Adam Stockhausen.  Film Editing by…

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

ROLAND EMMERICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2016.  Centropolis Entertainment, Stereo D, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Story by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, Screenplay by Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, James Vanderbilt, based on characters created by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich.  Cinematography by Markus Forderer.  Produced by Dean…

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Le Week-End (2013)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/France, 2013.  Film4, Free Range Films, Le Bureau.  Screenplay by Hanif Kureishi.  Cinematography by Nathalie Durand.  Produced by Kevin Loader.  Music by Jeremy Sams.  Production Design by Emmanuelle Duplay.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Kristina Hetherington.  Online Film Critics Awards 2013.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013.  Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are an aging couple running off to…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany, 2014.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, American Empirical Pictures, TSG Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions.  Story by Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness, Screenplay by Wes Anderson, inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by…

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Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

JULIEN TEMPLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1988.  De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, Earth Girls, Kestrel Films.  Screenplay by Julie Brown, Charlie Coffey, Terrence E. McNally.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Tony Garnett.  Music by Nile Rodgers.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Linda M. Bass.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.  Independent Spirit Awards 1989.   The candy-coloured future of Julien Temple’s…

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Igby Goes Down (2002)

BURR STEERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  United Artists, Atlantic Streamline, Crossroads Films, Helkon Media. Screenplay by Burr Steers.  Cinematography by Wedigo von Schultzendorff. Produced by Lisa Tornell, Marco Weber.  Music by Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson. Costume Design by Sarah Edwards.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson, Padraic McKinley.  Golden Globe Awards 2002.  Independent Spirit Awards 2002.  Las…

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The Tall Guy (1989)

MEL SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1989.  London Weekend Television, Virgin Vision, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Richard Curtis.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Paul Webster.  Music by Peter Brewis.  Production Design by Grant Hicks.  Costume Design by Denise Simmons.  Film Editing by Dan Rae.  Toronto International Film Festival 1989.  Hilarious comedy makes up for its lack of strong plot with…

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Powder (1995)

VICTOR SALVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1995.  Caravan Pictures, Daniel Grodnik Productions, Hollywood Pictures, Itasca Pictures.  Screenplay by Victor Salva.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Daniel Grodnik.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Waldemar Kalinowski.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Dennis M. Hill.   Professor Jeff Goldblum discovers a family with a secret: a young,…

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Hideaway (1995)

BRETT LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1995.  TriStar Pictures, S/Q Productions.  Screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker, Neal Jimenez, based on the novel by Dean R. Koontz.  Cinematography by Gale Tattersall.  Produced by Jerry A. Baerwitz, Agatha Dominik, Gimel Everett.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Michael S. Bolton.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by B.J. Sears.  Following a near-death experience in…

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