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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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

RICHARD DONNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1997.  Warner Bros., Silver Pictures, Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions.  Screenplay by Brian Helgeland.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Richard Donner, Joel Silver.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Ha Nguyen.  Film Editing by Kevin Stitt, Frank J. Urioste. Ridiculous thriller by Richard Donner has paranoid Mel Gibson suspecting everyone of being in on…

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The Peacemaker

BBB (out of 5) Don’t listen to the mean old critics who tore Dreamworks Studios’ first production to pieces (or the box office results which didn’t exactly break the bank).  While Mimi Leder’s first feature is far from the best action film you’ll ever see, you could do far worse. The surprise lies mostly in…

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