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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Sideways (2004)

ALEXANDER PAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2004.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Michael London Productions, Sideways Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Rex Pickett.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Michael London.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by Kevin Tent.  Academy Awards 2004.  AFI Awards…

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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

MICHAEL MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5. USA, 2004.  Fellowship Adventure Group, Dog Eat Dog Films.  Screenplay by Michael Moore.  Produced by Jim Czarnecki, Kathleen Glynn, Michael Moore.  Music by Jeff Gibbs.  Production Design by Dina Varano.  Film Editing by Kurt Engfehr, Woody Richman, Chris Seward.  Cannes Film Festival 2004.  Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2004.  National Board of Review Awards 2004.  New York…

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Maria Full Of Grace (2004)

JOSHUA MARSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Colombia/USA/Ecuador, 2004.  HBO Films, Fine Line Features, Journeyman Pictures, Proyecto Tucan, Alter-Ciné, Santa Fe Productions.  Screenplay by Joshua Marston.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Paul Mezey.  Music by Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman.  Production Design by Debbie DeVilla, Monica Marulanda.  Costume Design by Sarah Beers, Lauren Press.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe, Lee Percy.  Academy Awards 2004.  Berlin Film…

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Ray (2004)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB USA, 2004.  Universal Pictures, Bristol Bay Productions, Anvil Films, Baldwin Entertainment Group.  Story by Taylor Hackford, James L. White, Screenplay by James L. White.  Cinematography by Pawel Edelman.  Produced by Howard Baldwin, Karen Elise Baldwin, Stuart Benjamin, Taylor Hackford.  Music by Craig Armstrong.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Paul…

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

MICHEL GONDRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Focus Features, Anonymous Content, This Is That Productions.  Story by Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth, Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman. Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Steve Golin.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Dan Leigh.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Valdis Oskarsdottir.  Academy Awards 2004.   AFI Awards 2004….

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Hotel Rwanda

BBBB (out of 5) In 1994 Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) goes about his business managing the four-star Hotel Milles Collines and tries to ignore the growing unrest between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes of his country. Signs of serious trouble keep showing up that he tries to be optimistic about until a full-out genocide…

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Closer (2004)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Columbia Pictures, Inside Track 2, Avenue Pictures.  Screenplay by Patrick Marber, based on his play.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Cary Brokaw, John Calley, Mike Nichols.  Production Design by Tim Hatley.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by John Bloom, Antonia van Drimmelen.  Academy Awards 2004.  Golden Globe Awards 2004.  Las Vegas Film Critics…

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Kinsey (2004)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany, 2004.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Qwerty Films, N1 European Film Produktions GmbH & Co. KG, Pretty Pictures.  Screenplay by Bill Condon. Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Gail Mutrux.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Richard Sherman.  Costume Design by Bruce Finlayson.  Film Editing by Virginia Katz.  Academy Awards 2004.  AFI Awards 2004.   Golden Globe…

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Vera Drake (2004)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/France/New Zealand, 2004.   Les Films Alain Sarde, Film Council, Inside Track Productions, Thin Man Films, Film Council Premiere Fund, Ingenious Film Partners, Inside Track 1, National Lottery through UK Film Council, Untitled 03.   Screenplay by Mike Leigh.   Cinematography by Dick Pope.   Produced by Simon Channing Williams, Alain…

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Tarnation

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This video diaries of director Jonathan Caouette make for heavily effective viewing in this fascinating documentary. Caouette records his life with his family from his childhood in Austin, Texas to his adult years in New York City, his own personal observations set against the slowly disintegrating stasis of his mentally ill mother….

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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2004.  Warner Bros., Lakeshore Entertainment, Malpaso Productions, Albert S. Ruddy Productions.   Screenplay by Paul Haggis, based on the story collection Rope Burns by F.X. Toole.  Cinematography by Tom Stern.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Paul Haggis, Tom Rosenberg, Albert S. Ruddy.  Music by Clint Eastwood. Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by…

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