Vice (2018)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Adam McKay.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Will Ferrell, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, Kevin J. Messick, Brad Pitt.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin.  Golden Globe…

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, segment All Gold Canyon based on a story by Jack London, segment The Gal Who Got Rattled inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,…

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

BARRY JENKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin.  Cinematography by James Laxton.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski. Music by Nicholas Britell.   Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Caroline Eselin.  Film Editing by Joi…

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Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

RICHARD LINKLATER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Annapurna Pictures, Detour Filmproduction, Sean Daniel Company.  Screenplay by Richard Linklater.  Cinematography by Shane F. Kelly.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Richard Linklater, Ginger Sledge.  Production Design by Bruce Curtis.  Costume Design by Kari Perkins.  Film Editing by Sandra Adair.  Gotham Awards 2016 Blake Jenner arrives as a freshman at a Texas college, enrolled there…

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Phantom Thread (2017)

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2017.  Annapurna Pictures, Focus Features, Ghoulardi Film Company, Perfect World Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Cinematography by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar.  Music by Jonny Greenwood.  Production Design by Mark Tildesley.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Detroit (2017)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Annapurna Pictures, First Light Production, Page 1.  Screenplay by Mark Boal.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison, Colin Wilson.   Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Jeremy Hindle.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Harry Yoon.   Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal…

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20th Century Women

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Fifteen years old and crossing over rapidly from childhood to the earliest budding of adulthood, Lucas Jade Zumann is constantly in the thrall of his magnificent mother (Annette Bening), a woman as proud of her unconventional attitude to life as she is worried about its effect on her son.  It’s Santa Barbara…

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Wiener-Dog

BB.5 (out of 5) Todd Solondz once again takes a central character on a stroll through a set of discrete narratives, but this time instead of the young woman of constantly shifting identity (Palindromes), the narrative through-line is the titular canine.  This sweet-faced, companionable pup finds his way into the lives of a number of troubled and conflicted…

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Joy

BBB (out of 5) Joy is at a point in her life where everyone is wearing her out: her mother (Virginia Madsen) watches soap operas all day and lives in a dream world, her ex-husband (Edgar Ramirez) is living in the basement, her father (Robert De Niro) has been dumped by his girlfriend and needs…

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Foxcatcher

BBBB (out of 5) The true story of wrestling champions Mark and David Schultz is brought to the screen by Bennett Miller, reuniting with Capote writer Dan Futterman (here sharing credit with E. Max Frye) for another grisly fact-based crime film told with unnerving simplicity.  The brothers were both Olympic gold medalists at the 1984…

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American Hustle

BB.5 (out of 5) The Abscam affair of the late seventies is reenacted in this middling comedy, one with a few laughs and some enjoyable caricatures to punctuate a slow pace and uneven direction.  Christian Bale is a career con artist who stows young wife Jennifer Lawrence at home while parading around town with his partner in…

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Her

BBBB (out of 5) In a very near future, Joaquin Phoenix works a job creating handwritten letters for online users (as confusingly silly movie jobs go, I believe it’s the modern version of the remote controlled boating that Antoine Doinel did in Bed And Board).  He has barely recovered from a nasty breakup with his…

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