Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)

CATHY YAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2020. Clubhouse Pictures, DC Entertainment, Kroll & Co. Entertainment, LuckyChap Entertainment. Screenplay by Christina Hodson, based on the character Harley Quinn created by Paul Dini, Bruce Timm. Cinematography by Matthew Libatique. Produced by Sue Kroll, Margot Robbie, Bryan Unkeless. Music by Daniel Pemberton. Production Design by K.K….

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The Prom (2020)

RYAN MURPHY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 2020. Dramatic Forces, Storykey, Netflix. Screenplay by Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, based on the Broadway musical by Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, Matthew Sklar, from an original concept by Jack Viertel. Cinematography by Matthew Libatique. Produced by Adam Anders, Dori Berinstein, Bill Damaschke, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan…

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Passing Strange (2009)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2009.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Stew.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Steve Klein.  Music by Stew.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown. Spike Lee brings movie cameras to a performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show written by musician Stew. The…

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Venom (2018)

RUBEN FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 2018.  Avi Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Matt Tolmach Productions, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tencent Pictures.  Screen story by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Screenplay by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Kelly Marcel, based on Marvel’s Venom character created by Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced…

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A Star Is Born (2018)

BRADLEY COOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Peters Entertainment, Gerber Pictures, Joint Effort, Malpaso Productions, Thunder Road Pictures.  Screenplay by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, based on the screenplay by Moss Hart, the screenplay by John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, and the story by…

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Mother! (2017)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2017.  Protozoa Pictures.  Screenplay by Darren Aronofsky.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Scott Franklin, Ari Handel.  Music by Tony Finno.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Dorian Awards 2017.  Online Film Critics Awards 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.  Venice Film Festival 2017. A happily…

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The Circle (2017)

JAMES PONSOLDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   United Arab Emirates/USA, 2017.  1978 Films, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Likely Story, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Playtone, Route One Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Ponsoldt, Dave Eggers, based on the novel by Dave Eggers.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Gary Goetzman, James Ponsoldt.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Gerald Sullivan.  Costume Design…

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

F. GARY GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2015.  Universal Pictures, Legendary Entertainment, New Line Cinema, Cube Vision, Crucial Films, Broken Chair Flickz.  Story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, Andrea Berloff, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Matt Alvarez, Scott Bernstein, Dr. Dre, F. Gary Gray, Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright.  Music by…

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Noah (2014)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures, Disruption Entertainment, FortyFour Studios.  Screenplay by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.   The Bible gets the Dark Knight…

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Phone Booth (2002)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Zucker/Netter Productions.  Screenplay by Larry Cohen.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Gil Netter, David Zucker.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Andrew Laws.  Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi.  Film Editing by Mark Stevens.   Colin Farrell plays a self-important, cocky celebrity publicist who acts like he’s a hot shot but is really…

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Tigerland (2000)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2000.  Haft Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, KirchMedia, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Ross Klavan, Michael McGruther.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Beau Flynn, Steven Haft, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Andrew Laws.  Costume Design by Thomas Stokes.  Film Editing by Mark Stevens. A group of young American soldiers are trained in a…

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Gothika (2003)

MATHIEU KASSOVITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Warner Bros., Dark Castle Entertainment.  Screenplay by Sebastian Gutierrez.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Susan Downey, L. Levin, Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Graham ‘Grace’ Walker.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Yannick Kergoat.   You know you’re in trouble when the supernatural element of…

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