Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant tuna…

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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, Josh…

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Detroit (2017)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Annapurna Pictures, First Light Production, Page 1.  Screenplay by Mark Boal.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison, Colin Wilson.   Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Jeremy Hindle.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Harry Yoon.   Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal…

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The Judge

BB (out of 5) Robert Downey Jr. is a high-powered shark of a lawyer who interrupts his life of ruthlessly defending Wall Street crooks when he gets a call that his mother has died.  Going back to his small town means having to face off with his elderly father (Robert Duvall), a judge with whom Downey has not spoken in…

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The Big Short

BBB.5 (out of 5) The creation of Mortgage-backed Securities began a legacy of years of profit and greed that resulted in the economic bubble that, in 2008, collapsed the world economy. Ryan Gosling is on hand to explain the details to us when he’s not participating in the story, cheekily bringing on the likes of…

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Selma (2014)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Cloud Eight Films, Celador Films, Harpo Films, Pathe, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Webb.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey.  Music by Jason Moran.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.  Academy Awards 2014.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.   By 1964, the…

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The Messenger

BBBB (out of 5) Ben Foster returns from Iraq with a severe injury to his eye. After being welcomed home by his ex-girlfriend (Jena Malone) who is now engaged to someone else, Foster is assigned to join Gulf War veteran Woody Harrelson on a pretty hairy assignment: notifying soldiers’ Next Of Kin when they are killed in…

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Parkland

BB (out of 5) Released for the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and a more unimportant movie could not possibly have been made on the subject.  It covers the moments immediately following the shooting of the President, the horrific nightmare that occurred at the hospital when the staff did their…

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Lincoln (2012)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2012.  DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Dune Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Tony Kushner, based on the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by…

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2012.  Screenplay by Mark Boal.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Annapurna Pictures, First Light Production.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Jeremy Hindle.  Costume Design by George L. Little.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 2012.  Golden Globe Awards 2012. It’s not easy to have…

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