The Goldfinch (2019)

JOHN CROWLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2019.  Amazon Studios, Color Force, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Peter Straughan, based on the novel by Donna Tartt.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson.  Music by Trevor Gureckis.  Production Design by K.K. Barrett.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Kelley…

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The Upside (2017)

NEIL BURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Escape Artists, Lantern Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jon Hartmere, based on the motion picture Intouchables by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Nick Greece, Steve Tisch.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design…

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Ready Player One (2018)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, De Line Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Farah Films & Management, Reliance Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Zak Penn, Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Ernest Cline.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Donald De Line, Dan Farah, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg.  Music by Alan…

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Deepwater Horizon (2016)

PETER BERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Hong Kong/USA, 2016.  Summit Entertainment, Participant Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment, TIK Film.  Screen Story by Matthew Sand, Screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand, based on the article by David Barstow, David Rohde, Stephanie Saul.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Stephen…

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A Quiet Place (2018)

JOHN KRASINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Platinum Dunes, Sunday Night.  Story by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, Screenplay by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen. Academy Awards 2018. …

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Black Mass (2015)

SCOTT COOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2015.  Cross Creek Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Le Grisbi Productions, Head Gear Films, Vendian Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mark Mallouk, Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr, Gerard O’Neill.  Cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi.  Produced by Scott Cooper, John Lesher, Patrick McCormick, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson.  Music by Junkie XL.  Production Design…

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Bridge Of Spies (2015)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany, 2015.  DreamWorks, Fox 2000 Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, TSG Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, Marc Platt Productions, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg.  Music by Thomas Newman. Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film…

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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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Foxcatcher (2014)

BENNETT MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Annapurna Pictures, Likely Story, Media Rights Capital.  Screenplay by E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik, Bennett Miller.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Jay Cassidy, Stuart Levy, Conor O’Neill.  Academy Awards 2014.  American Film…

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St. Vincent (2014)

THEODORE MELFI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Chernin Entertainment, Crescendo Productions, Goldenlight Films, The Weinstein Company.  Screenplay by Theodore Melfi.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Theodore Melfi, Fred Roos, Jenno Topping.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Inbal Weinberg.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack, Peter Teschner.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.  Las Vegas Film…

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The Business Of Strangers (2001)

PATRICK STETTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Headquarters, i5 Films.  Screenplay by Patrick Stettner.  Cinematography by Teodoro Maniaci.  Produced by Robert H. Nathan, Susan A. Stover.  Music by Alex Lasarenko.  Production Design by Dina Goldman.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone, Dawn Weisberg.  Film Editing by Keiko Deguchi.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001. This excellent film is the cinematic equivalent of Madonna’s hit song “What…

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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

JILL SPRECHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Stonelock Pictures, Single Cell Pictures, double A Films, Conversation Productions Inc., Echo Lake Entertainment, Entitled Entertainment.  Screenplay by Karen Sprecher, Jill Sprecher.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Beni Atoori, Gina Resnick.  Music by Alex Wurman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Boston Film Critics…

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