Judas And the Black Messiah (2021)

SHAKA KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 2021. Bron Studios, Bron Creative, MACRO, Participant, Proximity. Story by Will Berson, Shaka King, Kenneth Lucas, Keith Lucas, Screenplay by Will Berson, Shaka King. Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt. Produced by Charles D. King, Ryan Coogler, Shaka King. Music by Craig Harris, Mark Isham. Production Design by…

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

AKIVA SCHAFFER, JORMA TACCONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Apatow Productions, The Lonely Island, Party Over Here, Perfect World Pictures (Beijing), Perfect World Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Rodney Rothman, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone.  Music by Matthew Compton.  Production Design by…

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Story by James Vanderbilt, Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Avi Arad, Matthew Tolmach, Laura Ziskin.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design…

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The Way (2010)

EMILIO ESTEVEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Spain, 2010.  Filmax Entertainment, Icon Entertainment International, Elixir Films.  Screenplay by Emilio Estevez, based on the book Off The Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down The Pilgrim’s Route Into Spain by Jack Hitt.  Cinematography by Juan Miguel Azpiroz.  Produced by David Alexanian, Emilio Estevez.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by Víctor Molero.  Costume Design by…

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Badlands (1973)

TERRENCE MALICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1973.  Warner Bros., Pressman-Williams, Jill Jakes Production.  Screenplay by Terrence Malick.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto, Stevan Larner, Brian Probyn.  Produced by Terrence Malick.  Music by George Aliceson Tipton.  Production Design by Jack Fisk.  Costume Design by Rosanna Norton.  Film Editing by Robert Estrin.   Terrence Malick’s first classic is also the film that introduced Sissy Spacek and…

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Talk To Me (2007)

KASI LEMMONS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Mark Gordon Productions, Pelagius Films, The Mark Gordon Company.  Story by Michael Genet, Screenplay by Michael Genet, Rick Famuyiwa.  Cinematography by Stephane Fontaine.  Produced by Joe Fries, Mark Gordon, Sidney Kimmel, Josh McLaughlin.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Warren Alan Young.  Costume Design by Gersha Phillips.  Film Editing by…

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Firestarter (1984)

MARK L. LESTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1984.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Mann, based on the novel by Stephen King.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Ruzzolini.  Produced by Frank Capra Jr..  Music by Tangerine Dream.  Production Design by Giorgio Postiglione.  Costume Design by Michael Butler.  Film Editing by David Rawlins, Ronald Sanders.   Drew Barrymore has mysterious powers of…

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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2002.  DreamWorks, Kemp Company, Splendid Pictures, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Muse Entertainment Enterprises.  Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on the book Catch Me If You Can: The Amazing True Story Of the Youngest and Most Daring Con Man in the History of Fun and Profit by Frank Abagnale Jr. and…

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Broken Rainbow

BBBB (out of 5) America’s devastating history of strife between European and native citizens is examined in this haunting, heartbreaking documentary. It concerns the controversy that arose in 1974 when the U.S. government decided that the citizens of a Navajo reservation in Arizona would be moved off their land, supposedly in the name of “bettering”…

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Hear No Evil

BB.5 (out of 5) Routine, tired premise is given a false new jolt by giving the leading lady a physical challenge. A hearing-impaired personal trainer (Marlee Matlin) inadvertently comes into possession of a rare, stolen coin. Now her life is in danger, and not even her dopey-faced restaurant-owning boyfriend (D.B. Sweeney) can do much to…

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Wall Street (1987)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Twentieth Century Fox, American Entertainment Partners L.P., Amercent Films.  Screenplay by Stanley Weiser, Oliver Stone.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Edward R. Pressman.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Stephen Hendrickson.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Claire Simpson.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.  National Board of Review Awards 1987.  New…

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Bobby

EMILIO ESTEVEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   It’s June 6, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the entire building abuzz with anticipation as guests await the arrival of America’s possible next president, Robert Kennedy. Throughout the day, this highly engrossing ensemble piece follows the lives of various characters, including two retired employees (Anthony…

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