12 Years A Slave (2013)

STEVE McQUEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2013.  Regency Enterprises, River Road Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Film4, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Ridley, based on the book Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup.  Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt,Bill Pohlad.  Music…

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Colombiana (2011)

OLIVIER MEGATON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA/France, 2011.  EuropaCorp, TF1 Films Production, Grive Productions, Canal+, CinéCinéma, A.J.O.Z. Films.  Screenplay by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen.  Cinematography by Romain Lacourbas.  Produced by Luc Besson, Ariel Zeitoun.  Music by Nathaniel Mechaly, Craig Walker.  Production Design by Patrick Durand.  Costume Design by Olivier Beriot.  Film Editing by Camille Delamarre.   After witnessing her parents’ murder before her…

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The Reaping

BBB (out of 5) Glad to know the Bible is at least providing fun ways to exploit the American South. This hammy combination of Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist and The Wicker Man stars a very serious Hilary Swank as a miracle-debunker who is invited to a dust mite of a town to investigate the possibility that…

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Monster’s Ball (2001)

MARC FORSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Lee Daniels Entertainment, Lions Gate Films.  Screenplay by Milo Addica, Will Rokos.  Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer.  Produced by Lee Daniels.  Music by Asche & Spencer.  Production Design by Monroe Kelly.  Costume Design by Frank L. Fleming.  Film Editing by Matt Chesse.  Academy Awards 2001.  American Film Institute Awards 2001.   Golden Globe Awards 2001.  Independent…

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Killing Them Softly

BB (out of 5) An action film that subverts expectations by focusing on the inability to commit actions is a tempting prospect; when it comes from the filmmaker who inverted the myth of violent heroes, as Andrew Dominik did in The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford by pointing out that a…

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King Of The Hill (1993)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1993.  Wildwood Enterprises, Bona Fide Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Soderbergh, based on the memoir by A.E. Hotchner.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Albert Berger, Barbara Maltby, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Steven Soderbergh.  Cannes Film Festival 1993.   Subtle, beautifully-made Steven Soderbergh drama about two…

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Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

NEIL JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Geffen Pictures.Screenplay by Anne Rice, based on her novel.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by David Geffen, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley, Joke van Wijk.  Academy Awards 1994.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994. Marvelous vampire…

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The Departed (2006)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Hong Kong, 2006.  Warner Bros., Plan B Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group, Vertigo Entertainment, Media Asia Films.  Screenplay by William Monahan, based on the screenplay Mou Gaan Dou by Alan Mak, Felix Chong.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Brad Grey, Brad Pitt, Gianni Nunnari, Graham King.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Kristi…

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Miller’s Crossing (1990)

JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1990.  Circle Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the novels Red Harvest and Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld.  Produced by Ethan Coen.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Michael R. Miller.  National Board…

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Leatherheads (2008)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/Germany, 2008.  Universal Pictures, Casey Silver Productions, Smokehouse Pictures, Internationale Scarena Filmproduktionsgesellschaft 1. Screenplay by Duncan Brantley, Rick Reilly.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Grant Heslov, Casey Silver.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   An unfortunate misfire given…

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/France/USA, 2000.  Touchstone Pictures, Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, based on the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Ethan Coen.  Music by T Bone Burnett.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel…

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The Ladykillers (2004)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Touchstone Pictures, The Jacobson Company, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the movie by William Rose.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Tom Jacobson, Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld.  Music by Carter Burwell. Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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