One Night In Miami (2020)

REGINA KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2020. ABKCO Films, Snoot Entertainment. Screenplay by Kemp Powers, based on his play. Cinematography by Tami Reiker. Produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Page Buckner, Barry Robison. Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Film Editing by Tariq…

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

CHAD STAHELSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2019.  Summit Entertainment, 87Eleven, Lionsgate, Thunder Road Pictures.  Story by Derek Kolstad, Screenplay by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams, based on characters created by Derek Kolstad.  Cinematography by Dan Laustsen.  Produced by Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee.  Music by Tyler Bates, Joel J. Richard. …

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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

CHAD STAHELSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Hong Kong, 2017.  Summit Entertainment, TIK Films, Thunder Road Pictures, 87Eleven, Lionsgate.  Screenplay by Derek Kolstad, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Dan Laustsen.  Produced by Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee.  Music by Tyler Bates, Joel J. Richard.  Production Design by Kevin Kavanaugh.  Costume Design by Luca Mosca. …

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John Wick (2014)

CHAD STAHELSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2014.  Thunder Road Pictures, 87Eleven, MJW Films, DefyNite Films, Company Films, Huayi Brothers Media, Poquito Productions, Unbelievable Entertainment.  Screenplay by Derek Kolstad.  Cinematography by Jonathan Sela.  Produced by Basil Iwanyk, David Leitch, Eva Longoria.  Music by Tyler Bates, Joel J. Richard.  Production Design by Dan Leigh.  Costume Design by Luca Mosca.  Film Editing by Elisabet…

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The Guest (2014)

ADAM WINGARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  HanWay Films, Snoot Entertainment.  Screenplay by Simon Barrett.  Cinematography by Robby Baumgartner. Produced by Keith Calder, Jessica Wu.  Music by Steve Moore.  Production Design by Thomas S. Hammock.  Costume Design by Kathleen Detoro.  Film Editing by Adam Wingard.  Independent Spirit Awards 2014.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.   Sharply handsome Dan Stevens shows up at the home of his…

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I Dreamed Of Africa

HUGH HUDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   This is an unfortunate waste of good talent. Kim Basinger gives a moving performance as real-life conservationist Kuki Gallmann, who follows her husband to Africa with her son to start her life over after a tragic car accident in Italy. Upon reaching Kenya, Gallmann is transformed by her…

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Don’t Say A Word (2001)

GARY FLEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA/Australia, 2001.  Regency Enterprises, Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Kopelson Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Furthur Films.  Screenplay by Anthony Peckham, Patrick Smith Kelly, based on the novel by Andrew Klavan.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by…

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Brother To Brother

BBB (out of 5) A gay black man (Anthony Mackie) struggles to be accepted, dealing with the racial prejudices of those who are not like him, and the intolerance of those who are. He is given a new sense of perspective when he befriends one of the men who live at the homeless shelter where…

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Great Expectations (1998)

ALFONSO CUARON Bil’s rating (out of  5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Art Linson Productions, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Mitch Glazer, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Tony Burrough.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   There’s plenty of beauty but not much else to this modernization…

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