The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

MICHAEL SHOWALTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Canada/USA, 2021. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Freckle Films, MWM Studios, Searchlight Pictures, Semi-Formal Productions. Screenplay by Abe Sylvia, based on the documentary by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato. Cinematography by Mike Gioulakis. Produced by Kelly Carmichael, Jessica Chastain, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane. Music by Theodore Shapiro. Production Design by…

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It: Chapter Two (2019)

ANDY MUSCHIETTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Canada/USA, 2019.  KatzSmith Productions, Lin Pictures, New Line Cinema, Rideback, Vertigo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Gary Dauberman, based on the novel It by Stephen King.  Cinematography by Checco Varese.  Produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Barbara Muschietti.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Paul D. Austerberry.  Costume…

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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,…

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Miss Sloane (2016)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   France/USA, 2016.  Transfilm, Archery Pictures, Canal+ Distribution, Cine+, FilmNation Entertainment, France 2 Cinema, France Télévisions Distribution.  Screenplay by Jonathan Perera.  Cinematography by Sebastian Blenkov.  Produced by Ben Browning, Kris Thykier, Ariel Zeitoun.  Music by Max Richter.  Production Design by Matthew Davies.  Costume Design by Georgina Yarhi.  Film Editing by Alexander Berner.  Golden Globe Awards 2016.  Washington Film Critics Awards 2016. Political…

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The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

NIKI CARO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Czech Republic/United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Scion Films, Czech Anglo Productions, LD Entertainment, Rowe / Miller Productions.  Screenplay by Angela Workman, based on the book by Diane Ackerman.  Cinematography by Andrij Parekh.  Produced by Jeff Abberley, Jamie Patricof, Kim Zubick.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Suzie Davies.  Costume Design by Bina Daigeler.  Film Editing by David Coulson….

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Crimson Peak (2015)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Canada, 2015.  Double Dare You, Legendary Entertainment.  Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins.  Cinematography by Dan Laustsen.  Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Callum Greene, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull.  Music by Fernando Velazquez.  Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders.  Costume Design by Kate Hawley.  Film Editing by Bernat Vilaplana.  Washington Film Critics Awards 2015….

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The Martian (2015)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2015.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, TSG Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Genre Films, International Traders, Kinberg Genre, Mid Atlantic Films.  Screenplay by Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Mark Huffam, Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott, Aditya Sood.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams. Production…

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A Most Violent Year (2014)

J.C. CHANDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2014.  Before The Door Pictures, Washington Square Films, FilmNation Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Old Bull Pictures.  Screenplay by J.C. Chandor.   Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb.  Music by Alex Ebert.  Production Design by John P. Goldsmith.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Ron Patane.  Golden…

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Interstellar (2014)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Lynda Obst Productions, Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund, Atvinnuvega- og nýsköpunarráðuneytið.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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The Help (2011)

TATE TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/India/United Arab Emirates, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, 1492 Pictures, Harbinger Pictures.  Screenplay by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing…

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Take Shelter (2011)

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.  Michael Shannon is electrifying as a steadily employed Ohio…

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Mama (2013)

ANDY MUSCHIETTI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 Spain/Canada, 2013. Universal Pictures, De Milo, Toma 78.  Story by Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, Screenplay by Neil Cross, Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti.  Cinematography by Antonio Riestra.  Produced by J. Miles Dale, Barbara Muschietti.  Music by Fernando Velazquez.  Production Design by Anastasia Masaro.  Costume Design by Luis Sequeira.  Film Editing by Michele Conroy.  With the financial crisis…

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