Stillwater (2021)

TOM McCARTHY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 2021 3dot productions, Amblin Partners, Anonymous Content, DreamWorks, Participant, Slow Pony. Screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Marcus Hinchey, Thomas Bidegain, Noe Debre. Cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi. Produced by Liza Chasin, Steve Golin, Jonathan King, Tom McCarthy. Music by Mychael Danna. Production Design by Philip Messina. Costume Design…

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Onward (2020)

DAN SCANLON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 2020. Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios. Story and Screenplay by Dan Scanlon, Jason Headley, Keith Bunin. Cinematography by Sharon Calahan, Adam Habib. Produced by Kori Rae. Music by Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna. Production Design by Noah Klocek. Film Editing by Catherine Apple.  In a fantasy…

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The Addams Family (2019)

GREG TIERNAN, CONRAD VERNON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 2019.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinesite Animation, Bron Studios, BermanBraun, Bron Creative, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Nitrogen Studios Canada.  Story by Conrad Vernon, Erica Rivinoja, Matt Lieberman, Screenplay by Pamela Pettler, Matt Lieberman, based on characters created by Charles Addams.  Produced by Gail Berman, Alison O’Brien,…

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The Breadwinner (2017)

NORA TWOMEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 2017.  Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon, Mélusine Productions, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Gaia Entertainment, Gkids, Guru Animation Studio, Jolie Pas Productions.  Screen story by Deborah Ellis, Screenplay by Anita Doron, based on the book by Deborah Ellis.  Produced by Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young.  Music by Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna.  Production…

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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

BHARAT NALLURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Ireland/Canada, 2017.  Mazur/Kaplan Company, The Mob Film Company, Parallel Films, Rhombus Media.  Screenplay by Susan Coyne, based on the book by Les Standiford.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Niv Fichman, Vadim Jean, Robert Mickelson, Susan Mullen, Ian Sharples.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Paki Smith.  Costume Design by Leonie Prendergast.  Film Editing by Stephen…

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The Captive (2014)

ATOM EGOYAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  Canada, 2014.  Ego Film Arts, The Film Farm.  Story by Atom Egoyan, Screenplay by Atom Egoyan, David Fraser.  Cinematography by Paul Sarossy.  Produced by Atom Egoyan, Stephen Traynor, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Phillip Barker.  Costume Design by Debra Hanson.  Film Editing by Susan Shipton.  Cannes Film Festival 2014.   A strange misfire,…

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500 Days Of Summer (2009)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Watermark, Dune Entertainment III.  Screenplay by Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber.  Cinematography by Eric Steelberg.  Produced by Mason Novick, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Steven J. Wolfe.  Music by Mychael Danna, Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by Laura Fox.  Costume Design by Hope Hanafin.  Film Editing by Alan Edward Bell.  Dorian Awards 2009.  Golden…

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Being Julia (2004)

ISTVAN SZABO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Canada/USA/Hungary/United Kingdom, 2004.  Serendipity Point Films, First Choice Films, Hogarth Productions, Myriad Pictures.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the novel Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Robert Lantos.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by John Bloomfield.  Film Editing by Susan Shipton.  Academy Awards 2004.  European…

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The Snow Walker (2003)

CHARLES MARTIN SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Canada, 2003.  Infinity Media, Téléfilm Canada, Canadian Television Fund, British Columbia Film, The Harold Greenberg Fund, CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund, The Movie Network, Super Écran, The New VI, Movie Central Network, Snow Walker/Walk Well Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Martin Smith, based on the story Walk Well My Brother…

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The Guys (2002)

JIM SIMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2002.  ContentFilm, Open City Films.  Screenplay by Anne Nelson, Jim Simpson, based on the play by Anne Nelson.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Susan Bloc.  Costume Design by Sarah Beers.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.  National Board of Review Awards 2002.    Toronto International…

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Bounce (2000)

DON ROOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Don Roos.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Michael Besman, Steve Golin.  Music by Mychael Danna, Dean Landon.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Peter Mitchell.  Film Editing by David Codron.   Idiotic romance that insults its viewers and degrades the images of the actors involved. Ben Affleck gives a surprisingly…

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Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love (1996)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  United Kingdom/India/USA/Germany/Japan, 1996.  NDF International, Pony Canyon, Pandora Filmproduktion, Channel Four Films, Mirabai Films.  Screenplay by Helena Kriel, Mira Nair, based on the story Hand Me Downs by Wajida Tabassuh.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mira Nair.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Eduardo Castro.  Film…

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