First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by…

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The Greatest Showman (2017)

MICHAEL GRACEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Screenplay by Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Laurence Mark, Jenno Topping.  Music by John Debney, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Joseph Trapanese.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Cross, Robert Duffy, Joe Hutshing, Michael McCusker,…

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Dunkirk (2017)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/Netherlands/France/USA, 2017.  Syncopy, Warner Bros., Dombey Street Productions, Kaap Holland Film,  Canal+, Cine+, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Lee Smith.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.   British and French…

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Interstellar (2014)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Lynda Obst Productions, Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund, Atvinnuvega- og nýsköpunarráðuneytið.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing…

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Veronica Guerin

BBBB (out of 5) Cate Blanchett is mesmerizing in this tragic true story of a journalist whose work helped turn the tide of drug-related crime in Dublin in the mid-1990s. Veronica Guerin works for the Sunday Independent as a lightweight feature editor until she convinces her editor to let her pursue heavier subject matter, eventually coming…

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Insomnia (2002)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Canada, 2002.  Alcon Entertainment, Witt/Thomas Productions, Section Eight, Insomnia Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Hillary Seitz, based on the 1997 screenplay by Nikolaj Frobenius, Erik Skjoldbjaerg.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Broderick Johnson, Paul Junger Witt, Andrew A. Kosove, Edward McDonnell.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film Editing…

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Batman Begins (2005)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2005.  Warner Bros., Syncopy, DC Comics, Patalex III Productions Limited.  Story by David S. Goyer, Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Larry J. Franco, Lorne Orleans, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas.  Music by James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan…

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA/United Kingdom, 2012.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, DC Entertainment, Syncopy, DC Comics.  Story by David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley, Kevin Kavanaugh.  Costume Design…

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The Prestige (2006)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2006.  Touchstone Pictures, Warner Bros., Newmarket Productions, Syncopy.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, based on the novel by Christopher Priest.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Aaron Ryder, Emma Thomas.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film Editing by Lee Smith.  Academy Awards 2006.   The…

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The Dark Knight (2008)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2008.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, DC Comics.  Story by Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Lorne Orleans, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas.  Music by James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design…

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Behind Enemy Lines

BBB.5 (out of 5) Taut, exciting thriller about a gung-ho Air Force soldier (Owen Wilson) who gets shot down over restricted territory during a ceasefire in early 90s Bosnia. Commander Gene Hackman wants to send a team right away to save the lone traveler, but the search and rescue mission for one man who was flying…

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John Carter

B (out of 5) A film that is truly as terrible as you have heard it is. The industry watched in horror as a $250 million dollar blockbuster sank from the word go, ignored by audiences upon its opening weekend and (justifiably) lambasted by critics for having nothing to recommend it. Based loosely on the…

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