Widows (2018)

STEVE McQUEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Regency Enterprises, See-Saw Films, Film4, New Regency Pictures.  Screenplay by Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen, based on the miniseries by Lynda La Plante.  Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt.  Produced by Iain Canning, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Emile Sherman.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing…

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First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design…

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The Revenant (2015)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2015.  Regency Enterprises, RatPac Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Anonymous Content, M Productions, Appian Way, Alpha Pictures, CatchPlay, Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l..  Screenplay by Mark L. Smith, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, based in part on the novel by Michael Punke.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Steve Golin, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, David…

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Zoolander (2001)

BEN STILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Australia/Germany, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, VH1 Television, NPV Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions, Red Hour Films, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, Red Hour Productions, Tenth Planet Productions. Story by Drake Sather, Ben Stiller, Screenplay by Drake Sather, Ben Stiller, John Hamburg, based on…

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Breakfast Of Champions (1999)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    B.5.  USA, 1999.  Flying Heart Films, Hollywood Pictures, Rain City, Rational Packaging Company, Sugar Creek Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph, based on the book by Kurt Vonnegut Jr..  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by David Blocker, David Willis.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Nina Ruscio.  Costume Design by Rudy Dillon.  Film Editing by Suzy…

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Inception (2010)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom, 2010.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Kanjiro Sakura, Yoshikuni Taki, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Guy Hendrix Dyas.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Lee Smith.   Leonardo DiCaprio works in the highly odd business of invading people’s…

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Brick (2005)

RIAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2005.  Bergman Lustig Productions.  Screenplay by Rian Johnson.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Ram Bergman, Mark G. Mathis.  Music by Nathan Johnson.  Production Design by Jodie Lynn Tillen.  Costume Design by Michele Posch.  Film Editing by Rian Johnson. An excellent screenplay and some wonderfully strange characters are undermined by shoddy direction in this teen film…

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Lincoln (2012)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2012.  DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Dune Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Tony Kushner, based on the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design…

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Testament (1983)

LYNNE LITTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1983.  Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Events, American Playhouse.  Screenplay by John Sacret Young, based on the story The Last Testament by Carol Amen.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Jonathan Bernstein, Lynne Littman.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by David Nichols.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Suzanne Pettit.   1983 saw two films…

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Witness (1985)

PETER WEIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1985.  Paramount Pictures, Edward S. Feldman Production.  Story by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, Earl W. Wallace, Screenplay by William Kelley, Earl W. Wallace.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Edward S. Feldman.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Stan Jolley.  Costume Design by Dallas D. Dornan, Shari Feldman.  Film Editing by Thom Noble.   Absorbing…

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Music Box (1989)

COSTA-GAVRAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB USA, 1989.  Carolco Pictures.  Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas.  Cinematography by Patrick Blossier.  Produced by Irwin Winkler. Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Rita Salazar.  Film Editing by Joele Van Effenterre.   Jessica Lange is riveting as a lawyer whose Czech-born father (Armin Mueller-Stahl) emigrated to America before she was born. Her father’s heretofore…

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Rambling Rose (1991)

MARTHA COOLIDGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Carolco Pictures, Edgar J. Scherick Associates.  Screenplay by Calder Willingham, based on his book.  Cinematography by Johnny E. Jensen.  Produced by Renny Harlin.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by John Vallone.  Costume Design by Jane Robinson.  Film Editing by Steven Cohen.   Gorgeous, touching film about a Southern family in the 1930s whose lives are…

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