Ocean’s 8 (2018)

GARY ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Rahway Road Productions, Smokehouse Pictures.  Story by Gary Ross, Screenplay by Gary Ross, Olivia Milch, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Eigil Bryld.  Produced by Susan Ekins, Steven Soderbergh.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by Alex DiGerlando.  Costume Design by…

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Dheepan (2015)

JACQUES AUDIARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 2015.  Why Not Productions, Page 114, France 2 Cinema, Canal+, Cine+, France Televisions, Region Ile-de-France, Cinémage 9, A Plus Image 5, Palatine Étoile 12, Indéfilms 3, La Banque Postale Image 8, Cofinova 11, SofiTVciné 2, Soficinéma 11.  Screenplay and Dialogue by Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Noe Debre.  Cinematography by Eponine…

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The Hunger Games (2012)

GARY ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2012.   Lionsgate, Color Force.   Screenplay by Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, Billy Ray, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.   Cinematography by Tom Stern.   Produced by Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik.   Music by James Newton Howard.   Production Design by Philip Messina.   Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.   Film Editing by…

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The Big Picture (2010)

ERIC LARTIGAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5 Original title:  L’Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie France, 2010.  EuropaCorp, TF1 Films Production, CiBy 2000, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Cofinova 6.  Scenario, adaptation and dialogue by Eric Lartigau, Laurent de Bartillat, with the collaboration of Emmanuelle Bercot, Bernard Jeanjean, and the participation of Stephane Cabel, based on the novel by Douglas…

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A Prophet

BBBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Un Prophete Superb epic that presents a French prison as a microcosm for one man’s coming to power. Tahar Rahim arrives in the slammer after being arrested for his first adult crime after a lifetime spent in juvenile delinquency. Unsure of himself, illiterate and vulnerable, he is immediately taken in by…

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The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  Le Scaphandre et le Papillon Immensely moving film based on the book of the same name by Jean-Dominique Bauby, a high profile magazine editor who suffered a stroke in the prime of his life that left him with what the doctors called “locked-in syndrome”:  Dauby’s intellectual capacities weren’t affected in…

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Rust And Bone

BB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  De Rouille Et D’Os Matthias Schoenaerts arrives in Antibes with his young son after breaking up with his wife, moving in with his grocery store clerk sister and truck driver brother-in-law and searching for a new life with very few resources to rely upon. While working as a bouncer at a…

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The Beat That My Heart Skipped

BBB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  De Battre Mon Coeur S’Est Arrete It’s hard to continue with your life as a glorified thug when you decide to pursue the high arts. Romain Duris is excellent as a young man who works for his father, hassling the people who live in their slum tenements by any violent means…

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