Downhill (2020)

NAT FAXON, JIM RASH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 2020. Filmhaus Films, Likely Story, Searchlight Pictures. Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, based on the motion picture Force Majeure by Ruben Ostlund. Cinematography by Danny Cohen. Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Wolfgang Ramml. Music by Volker Bertelmann. Production…

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Thoroughbreds (2017)

CORY FINLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 2017.  B Story, Big Indie Pictures, June Pictures.  Screenplay by Cory Finley.  Cinematography by Lyle Vincent.  Produced by Andrew Duncan, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Alex Saks, Kevin J. Walsh.  Music by Erik Friedlander.  Production Design by Jeremy Woodward.  Costume Design by Alex Bovaird.  Film Editing by Louise Ford.  Independent Spirit Awards 2018.   Two girls in…

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany, 2016.  Marvel Studios, Vita-Ray Dutch Productions, Studio Babelsberg, Marvel Entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, and characters created by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Owen…

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One Hour Photo (2002)

MARK ROMANEK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Catch 23 Entertainment, Killer Films, Laughlin Park Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Romanek.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.  Produced by Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Stan Wlodkowski.  Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek.  Production Design by Tom Foden.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford.    Online Film Critics…

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Sky High (2005)

MIKE MITCHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2005.  Walt Disney Pictures, Gunn Films, Max Stronghold Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Paul Hernandez, Robert Schooley, Mark McCorkle.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Andrew Gunn.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Bruce Robert Hill.  Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson.  Film Editing by Peter Amundson.   Adorable adventure that will thrill the kids and…

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Minority Report (2002)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2002.  Twentieth Century Fox, DreamWorks, Cruise/Wagner Productions, Blue Tulip Productions, Ronald Shusett/Gary Goldman, Digital Image Associates.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, Jon Cohen, based on the short story by Philip K. Dick.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Bonnie Curtis, Jan de Bont, Gerald R. Molen, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by John Williams.  Production…

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Partner(s)

DAVE DIAMOND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Lawyer Jay Harrington moves in with his gay best friend after breaking up with yet another girlfriend, and they are mistaken for a couple by a neighbour down the hall.  This has ramifications when that neighbour turns out to be the daughter of a client whose case is make-or-break…

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The Way, Way Back

BBBB (out of 5) Duncan (Liam James) is in for a miserable summer when his Albany, NY caterer mom (Toni Collette, as always superb) drags him to the Hamptons summer home of her obnoxious new boyfriend (Steve Carell).  Carell’s idea of making them a cohesive unit is to get in Duncan’s face about his wayward…

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The Descendants (2011)

ALEXANDER PAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 2011.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Ad Hominem Enterprises, Dune Entertainment. Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by…

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S1m0ne

ANDREW NICCOL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2002.  New Line Cinema, Niccol Films.  Screenplay by Andrew Niccol.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Andrew Niccol.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Jan Roelfs.  Costume Design by Elisabetta Beraldo.  Film Editing by Paul Rubell.   Filmmaker Al Pacino has just lost the star (Winona Ryder in a hilarious, unbilled cameo) of his…

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