Atonement (2007)

JOE WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/France, 2007.  Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Relativity Media, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Christopher Hampton, based on the novel Ian McEwan.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Paul Tothill.  Academy Awards 2007.  Golden Globe Awards 2007.  Las Vegas Film…

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Waitress (2007)

ADRIENNE SHELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  USA, 2007.  Night and Day Pictures.  Screenplay by Adrienne Shelly.  Cinematography by Matthew Irving.  Produced by Michael Roiff.  Music by Andrew Hollander.  Production Design by Ramsey Avery.  Costume Design by Ariyela Wald-Cohain.  Film Editing by Annette Davey.  Independent Spirit Awards 2007.  National Board of Review Awards 2007.   The real-life tragedy of actress-writer-director Adrienne Shelly‘s murder most…

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The Counterfeiters (2007)

STEFAN RUZOWITZKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Original title:  Die Falscher Austria/Germany, 2007.  Magnolia Filmproduktion, Aichholzer Filmproduktion, Beta Cinema, Filmförderung Hamburg, Studio Babelsberg, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Stefan Ruzowitzky, based on the book The Devil’s Workshop by Adolf Burger.  Cinematography by Benedict Neuenfels.  Produced by Josef Aichholzer, Nina Bohlmann, Babette Schroder.  Music by Marius Ruhland. Production Design by Isidor Wimmer.  Costume Design…

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Juno (2007)

JASON REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Canada, 2007.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Mandate Pictures, Mr. Mudd.  Screenplay by Diablo Cody.  Cinematography by Eric Steelberg. Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Mason Novick, Russell Smith.  Music by Mateo Messina.  Production Design by Steve Saklad.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by Dana E. Glauberman.  Academy Awards 2007.  American Film Institute 2007.  Golden Globe Awards 2007.  Independent…

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Away From Her (2006)

SARAH POLLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada, 2006.  Foundry Films, Capri Releasing, HanWay Films, Echo Lake Entertainment, Telefilm Canada, Canadian Television Fund, The Movie Network, Super Ecran, Astral Media, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Movie Central, Corus, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, The Film Farm, Hollydan Works, Pulling Focus Pictures.  Screenplay by Sarah…

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Into The Wild

SEAN PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Paramount Vantage, Art Linson Productions, Into the Wild, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Sean Penn, based on the book by Jon Krakauer.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Art Linson, Sean Penn, Bill Pohlad.  Music by Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Vedder.  Production Design by Derek R. Hill.  Costume Design by Mary Claire…

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4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (2007)

CRISTIAN MUNGIU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  4 Luni, 3 Saptamani si 2 Zile Romania, 2007.  Mobra Films, Centrul National al Cinematografiei, Mindshare Media, McCann-Erickson, Televiziunea Romana, Saga Film, The Hubert Bals Fund of the Rotterdam Festival.  Screenplay by Cristian Mungiu, script consultant Razvan Radulescu.  Cinematography by Oleg Mutu.  Produced by Cristian Mungiu, Oleg Mutu.  Production Design by Mihaela Poenaru.  Costume Design…

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The Namesake (2006)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  India/USA, 2006.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Cine Mosaic, Entertainment Farm, Mirabai Films, UTV Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala, based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mira Nair.  Music by Nitin Sawhney.  Production Design by Stephanie Carroll.  Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by Allyson C. Johnson.  Independent Spirit Awards 2007.  National…

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The Band’s Visit

ERAN KOLIRIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Bikur Ha-Tizmoret The subtly humorous joys of this film are not to be missed. Based on actual events, it chronicles the experiences of the Alexandria police’s musical band as they travel to Israel to attend an Arab music festival. When there’s no one to meet them at…

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The Savages

BBBB (out of 5) Two siblings, long estranged from their parents, are reunited when their aging father (Philip Bosco) is left to deal with his dementia alone after his girlfriend dies. It couldn’t come at a more inconvenient time as drama professor Philip Seymour Hoffman is working on his book on Bertold Brecht and office temp…

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A Mighty Heart (2007)

MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2007.  Paramount Vantage, Plan B Entertainment, Revolution Films.  Screenplay by John Orloff, based on the book by Marianne Pearl.  Cinematography by Marcel Zyskind.  Produced by Andrew Eaton, Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt.  Music by Harry Escott, Molly Nyman.  Production Design by Mark Digby.  Costume Design by Charlotte Walter.  Film Editing by Peter Christelis.  Golden Globe Awards 2007.  Independent…

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In The Valley Of Elah

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ex-army sergeant Tommy Lee Jones gets a phone call informing him that his son, just returned from service in Iraq, has disappeared from his army base and has been missing for days. Jones, immediately knowing something is wrong, travels two days across states to investigate his son’s disappearance himself, devastated when he…

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