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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Clockers (1995)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Richard Price, Spike Lee, based on the book by Richard Price.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.  …

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Malcolm X (1992)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Japan, 1992.  Largo International N.V., JVC Entertainment Networks, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee, Ahmed Murad, Marvin Worth.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design…

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Margot At The Wedding (2007)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Production Design by Anne Ross.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Carol Littleton.  Toronto International Film Festival 2007.   Nicole Kidman gives a layered perforamnce as a successful writer returning to her childhood home to reconnect with her estranged sister…

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Dead Man Walking

BBBBB (out of 5) Susan Sarandon is peerless in this powerful and fascinating adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean’s true-life novel, about her experiences as a nun counselling inmates on death row. Tim Robbins (showing exceptional power as a director) has written a script that combines Prejean’s two factual accounts into one fictional one involving Sean…

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The Place Beyond The Pines

BB.5 (out of 5) This three-tiered epic saga begins with a circus stuntman (Ryan Gosling) rekindling an affair with a diner waitress (Eva Mendes) and discovering that she had his baby since they last saw each other.  Inspired to want to make a nuclear family out of the three of them, he begins robbing banks…

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