Bad Education (2019)

CORY FINLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2019. HBO Films, Automatik Entertainment, Sight Unseen Pictures, Slater Hall Pictures. Screenplay by Mike Makowsky, based on the New York Magazine article “The Bad Superintendent” by Robert Kolker. Cinematography by Lyle Vincent. Produced by Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Julia Lebedev, Mike Makowsky, Oren Moverman, Eddie Vaisman….

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

GEORGE C. WOLFE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play by August Wilson. Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler. Produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf. Music by Branford Marsalis. Production Design by Mark Ricker. Costume Design by Ann Roth. Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein. …

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The Big Sick (2017)

MICHAEL SHOWALTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Apatow Productions, FilmNation Entertainment, Story Ink.  USA, 2017.  Screenplay by Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani.  Cinematography by Brian Burgoyne.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Brandon Tonner-Connolly.  Costume Design by Sarah Mae Burton.  Film Editing by Robert Nassau.  Academy Awards 2017.  AFI Awards 2017.   Gotham Awards 2017.  Independent Spirit Awards 2017.  Las…

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2014)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  New Regency Pictures, M Productions, Le Grisbi Productions, TSG Entertainment, Worldview Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole.  Music by Antonio Sanchez.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Douglas…

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Magic In The Moonlight (2014)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2014.  Gravier Productions, Dippermouth Productions, Perdido Productions, Ske-Dat-De-Dat Productions, Cinéfrance 1888.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Anne Seibel.  Costume Design by Sonia Grande.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter. Woody Allen has such a good time lazing in the bright sunshine of…

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

BBB.5 (out of 5) This two-part film, originally slated to be released as two separate features, revolves around one occurrence, the dissolution of a relationship between a man and a woman following the death of their infant.  In the first part, “Him”, James McAvoy fills the empty spaces of his apartment and his failing bar by…

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Taking Woodstock (2009)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Focus Features.  Screenplay by James Schamus, based on the book by Elliot Tiber, Tom Monte.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Celia D. Costas, Ang Lee.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Cannes Film Festival 2009.   We’ve all heard about the…

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