Smooth Talk (1985)

JOYCE CHOPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/USA, 1985. American Playhouse, Goldcrest Films International, Nepenthe Productions, Palmyra Films. Screenplay by Tom Cole, based on the story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates. Cinematography by James Glennon. Produced by Martin Rosen. Music by Russ Kunkel, George Massenburg, Bill…

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Marriage Story (2019)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/USA, 2019.  Heyday Films, Netflix.  Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.    Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Noah Baumbach, David Heyman.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Jade Healy.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lame.   A heartwarming opening montage has married couple…

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Little Women (2019)

GRETA GERWIG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.    USA, 2019.  Columbia Pictures, Instinctual VFX, New Regency Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Screenplay by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Yorick Le Saux.  Produced by Denise Di Novi, Amy Pascal, Robin Swicord.  Music by Alexandre Desplat. …

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

RIAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2017.  Lucasfilm, Ram Bergman Productions, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Rian Johnson, based on characters created by George Lucas.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Ram Bergman, Kathleen Kennedy.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Heinrichs.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Bob Ducsay.  Academy Awards 2017.  Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2017.  North…

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The Founder (2016)

JOHN LEE HANCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  FilmNation Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Faliro House Productions, The Combine, Speedie Distribution.  Screenplay by Robert D. Siegel.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Don Handfield, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Ryder.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen. A traveling salesman who has peddled…

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Certain Women (2016)

KELLY REICHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2016.  Film Science, Stage 6 Films.  Screenplay by Kelly Reichardt, based on stories by Maile Meloy.  Cinematography by Christopher Blauvelt.  Produced by Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani.  Music by Jeff Grace.  Production Design by Anthony Gasparro.  Costume Design by April Napier.  Film Editing by Kelly Reichardt.   Kelly Reichardt adapts three stories by Maile…

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99 Homes (2014)

RAMIN BAHRANI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2014.  Broad Green Pictures, Hyde Park Entertainment, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Noruz Films.  Story by Ramin Bahrani, Bahareh Azimi, Screenplay by Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Ashok Amritraj, Ramin Bahrani, Andrew Garfield, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen.  Music by Antony Partos, Matteo Zingales.  Production Design by Alex DiGerlando.  Costume Design by…

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Wild (2014)

JEAN-MARC VALLEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Bob Industries, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Pacific Standard.  Screenplay by Nick Hornby, based on the memoir Wild: From Lost To Found On the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Bruna Papandrea, Bill Pohlad, Reese Witherspoon.  Production Design by John Paino.  Costume Design by Melissa Bruning.  Film Editing by…

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Year Of The Dog (2007)

MIKE WHITE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2007.  Black & White Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Rip Cord Productions.  Screenplay by Mike White.  Cinematography by Tim Orr.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Ben LeClair, Mike White.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Daniel Bradford.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film Editing by Dody Dorn.  Molly Shannon loses her beloved beagle to an accidental poisoning and is…

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Happy Endings (2005)

DON ROOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2005.  Lions Gate Films.  Screenplay by Don Roos. Cinematography by Clark Mathis.  Produced by Michael Paseornek, Holly Wiersma.  Music by Nicole Tocantins.  Production Design by Richard Sherman.  Costume Design by Peggy A. Schnitzer.   Film Editing by David Codron.   Don Roos ignores the speedbump of Bounce and returns to the flavour of his directorial…

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Citizen Ruth (1996)

ALEXANDER PAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Independent Pictures, Miramax.  Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor.  Cinematography by James Glennon.  Produced by Cathy Konrad, Cary Woods.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Tom McKinley.  Film Editing by Kevin Tent. Alexander Payne made a brilliant debut with this wonderful black comedy that deals with a real political…

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I Am Sam (2001)

JESSIE NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2001.  New Line Cinema, Avery Pix, The Bedford Falls Company, Red Fish Blue Fish Films.  Screenplay by Kristine Johnson, Jessie Nelson.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Marshall Herskovitz, Jessie Nelson, Richard Solomon, Edward Zwick.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Aaron Osborne.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   Sean…

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