Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

GEORGE C. WOLFE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play by August Wilson. Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler. Produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf. Music by Branford Marsalis. Production Design by Mark Ricker. Costume Design by Ann Roth. Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein. …

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Bombshell (2019)

JAY ROACH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Canada, 2019.  Annapurna Pictures, Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Denver and Delilah Productions, Lighthouse Management & Media, Lionsgate.  Screenplay by Charles Randolph.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by A.J. Dix, Aaron L. Gilbert, Robert Graf, Michelle Graham, Beth Kono, Charles Randolph, Margaret Riley, Jay Roach, Charlize…

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Snatched (2017)

JONATHAN LEVINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, Feigco Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Katie Dippold.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Jenno Topping.  Music by Chris Bacon, Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by Zene Baker, Melissa Bretherton. Amy Schumer‘s life is…

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The Judge (2014)

DAVID DOBKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2014.  Warner Bros., Big Kid Pictures, Team Downey, Village Roadshow Pictures.  Story by David Dobkin, Nick Schenk, Screenplay by Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by David Dobkin, Susan Downey, David Gambino.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Mark…

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Trumbo (2015)

JAY ROACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2015.  Bleecker Street Films, ShivHans Pictures, Groundswell Productions.  Screenplay by John McNamara, based on the book Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Kevin Kelly Brown, Monica Levinson, Michael London, Nimitt Mankad, John McNamara, Shivani Rawat, Janice Williams.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by…

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Prime (2005)

BEN YOUNGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2005.  Prime Film Productions LLC, Stratus Film Co., Team Todd, Focus Features, Younger Than You.  Screenplay by Ben Younger.  Cinematography by William Rexer.  Produced by Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd.  Music by Ryan Shore.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Kristina Boden.   Uma Thurman visits her psychiatrist (Meryl Streep) to deal with…

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The Help (2011)

TATE TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/India/United Arab Emirates, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, 1492 Pictures, Harbinger Pictures.  Screenplay by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing…

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The Substance Of Fire (1996)

DANIEL J. SULLIVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Jon Robin Baitz, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Jon Robin Baitz, Randy Finch, Ron Kastner.  Music by Joseph Vitarelli.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Terri Purcell.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.  National Board of Review Awards 1996.Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Sterling drama…

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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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The Ballad Of Jack And Rose (2005)

REBECCA MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2005.  IFC Productions, Initial Entertainment Group, Elevation Filmworks, Jack and Rose Productions.  Screenplay by Rebecca Miller.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Lemore Syvan.  Music by Michael Rohatyn.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Jennifer von Mayrhauser.  Film Editing by Sabine Hoffman.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2005.  National Society of Film Critics Awards 2005.   New…

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Julie & Julia (2009)

NORA EPHRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2009.  Columbia Pictures, Easy There Tiger Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Nora Ephron, based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life In France by Julia Child, Alex Prud’homme.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Nora Ephron, Laurence Mark, Amy Robinson, Eric Steel.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design…

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The Way, Way Back

BBBB (out of 5) Duncan (Liam James) is in for a miserable summer when his Albany, NY caterer mom (Toni Collette, as always superb) drags him to the Hamptons summer home of her obnoxious new boyfriend (Steve Carell).  Carell’s idea of making them a cohesive unit is to get in Duncan’s face about his wayward…

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