The Beguiled (2017)

SOFIA COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2017.  American Zoetrope, FR Productions.  Screenplay by Sofia Coppola, based on the screenplay by Albert Maltz, Irene Kamp, and the novel by Thomas Cullinan.  Cinematography by Philippe Le Sourd.  Produced by Sofia Coppola, Youree Henley.  Music by Laura Karpman, Phoenix.  Production Design by Anne Ross.  Costume Design by Stacey Battat.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.  Cannes…

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Hidden Figures (2016)

THEODORE MELFI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Levantine Films, Chernin Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures.  Screenplay by Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly.  Cinematography by Mandy Walker.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Donna Gigliotti, Theodore Melfi, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas. Costume…

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Midnight Special (2016)

JEFF NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Warner Bros., RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Faliro House Productions, Tri-State Pictures.  Screenplay by Jeff Nichols.  Cinematography by Adam Stone.  Produced by Sarah Green, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones.  Music by David Wingo.  Production Design by Chad Keith.  Costume Design by Erin Benach.  Film Editing by Julie Monroe.   Imagine if the character Michael Shannon played in Take Shelter got to…

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Melancholia (2011)

LARS VON TRIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany, 2011.  Zentropa Entertainments, Memfis Film, Zentropa International Sweden, Slot Machine, Liberator Productions, Zentropa International Koln, Film i Vast, Danmarks Radio, Arte France Cinema, Sveriges Television, Canal+, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, CineCinema, Edition Video, Nordisk Film Distribution, Det Danske Filminstitut, Eurimages, Nordisk Film &…

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.    USA, 2004.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Enterprises, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Story by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Michael Chabon, Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Avi Arad, Lorne Orleans, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by…

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Spider-Man 3 (2007)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.    USA, 2007.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Studios, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Screen story by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Screenplay by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Alvin Sargent, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Avi Arad, Grant Curtis, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by…

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Spider-Man (2002)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.    USA, 2002.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Enterprises, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Ian Bryce, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by Arthur Coburn, Bob Murawski.  Academy Awards…

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Bring It On (2000)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures. Screenplay by Jessica Bendinger.  Cinematography by Shawn Maurer.  Produced by Marc Abraham, Thomas A. Bliss.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Sharon Lomofsky.  Costume Design by Mary Jane Fort.  Film Editing by Larry Bock.   Kirsten Dunst gives a charming performance as a suburban high-schooler who has recently been…

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Get Over It

TOMMY O’HAVER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2001.  Miramax, Ignite Entertainment, Keshan, Morpheus.  Screenplay by R. Lee Fleming Jr..  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Michael Burns, Marc Butan, Paul Feldsher.  Music by Steve Bartek.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Mary Jane Fort.  Film Editing by Jeff Betancourt.   Musical numbers are the best thing about this witty little teenage romance….

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Wimbledon

BB.5 (out of 5) Unremarkable but enjoyable romantic comedy starring a winsome Paul Bettany as an aging (by sports-world standards) tennis pro who is playing the Wimbledon tournament for the last time. After meeting an up-and-coming American player with a serious attitude problem (Kirsten Dunst) and falling in love with her, Bettany’s game suddenly improves and…

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Jumanji (1995)

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   Plodding children’s movie has Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt reunite after being childhood friends many years before, reopening a dangerous exotic board game that features wild animals. The game comes to life and pretty soon the small town they live in is being stampeded by wild elephants, rhinoceroses…

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Drop Dead Gorgeous

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hysterical black comedy about a beauty contest in a tiny town in Minnesota, where murdering fellow contestants is no big deal for ambitious wannabe crown-wearers. Told in mock-documentary style, the film features brilliant performances from Ellen Barkin and Kirsten Dunst as trailer-park-dwelling mother and daughter who support each other through the ordeal of…

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