Tropic Thunder (2008)

BEN STILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2008.  DreamWorks, Red Hour Films, Goldcrest Pictures, Internationale Filmproduktion Stella-del-Sud Second.  Story by Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux, Screenplay by Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller, Etan Cohen.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Stuart Cornfeld, Eric McLeod, Ben Stiller.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Jeff Mann.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Greg Hayden.  Academy…

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Doubt (2008)

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2008.  Goodspeed Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on his play.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Mark Roybal, Scott Rudin.  Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 2008.  Golden Globe Awards 2008.  National Board of…

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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…

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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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Man On Wire (2008)

JAMES MARSH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2008.  Discovery Films, BBC Storyville, UK Film Council, Wall to Wall, Red Box Films.  Based on the book To Reach The Clouds by Philippe Petit.  Cinematography by Igor Martinovic.  Produced by Simon Chin.  Music by Michael Nyman, J. Ralph.  Production Design by Sharon Lomofsky.  Costume Design by Kathryn Nixon.  Film Editing by Jinx Godfrey.  Academy…

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Trouble The Water

CARL DEAL, TIA LESSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2008.  Elsewhere Films.  Cinematography by PJ Raval, Kimberly Rivers Roberts.  Produced by Carl Deal, Tia Lessin.  Music by Neil Davidge, Robert Del Naja.  Film Editing by Woody Richman.  Academy Awards 2008.  Gotham Awards 2008.  National Society of Film Critics Awards 2008.  New York Film Critics Awards 2008.   Hurricane Katrina…

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Rachel Getting Married (2008)

JONATHAN DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2008.  Armian Pictures, Clinica Estetico, Marc Platt Productions.  Screenplay by Jenny Lumet.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Neda Armian, Jonathan Demme, Marc Platt.  Music by Donald Harrison Jr., Zafer Tawil.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Chryss Hionis.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Academy Awards 2008.  Golden Globe Awards 2008.  Gotham Awards 2008.  Independent Spirit Awards 2008.  National Board…

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Gran Torino (2008)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/Germany/Australia, 2008.  Matten Productions, Double Nickel Entertainment, Gerber Pictures, Malpaso Productions, Village Roadshow Pictures, WV Films IV, Warner Bros..  Story by Dave Johannson, Nick Schenk, Screenplay by Nick Schenk.  Cinematography by Tom Stern.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Bill Gerber, Robert Lorenz.  Music by Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens.  Production Design by James J. Murakami,…

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Frozen River

COURTNEY HUNT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   After her gambling-addicted husband abandons her and her family with their savings in tow, Melissa Leo finds herself strapped for cash to pay for the new pre-fabricated house that she’s been promising her kids. A chance encounter with a woman on the nearby Upper New York State reservation (Misty…

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Milk (2008)

GUS VAN SANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2008.  Focus Features, Axon Films, Groundswell Productions, Jinks/Cohen Company, Cinema Vehicle Services.  Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Elliot Graham.  Academy Awards 2008.  American Film Institute 2008.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2008. …

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Waltz With Bashir

ARI FOLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.   Original title:  Vals Im Bashir Extraordinary achievement in cinema that combines animation, documentary and fantasy as Ari Folman looks back at Israel’s involvement in the Lebanese civil war, often referred to now as “Israel’s Vietnam”. Folman is unable to properly recall particular events during battle and is hounded…

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A Christmas Tale (2008)

ARNAUD DESPLECHIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Un Conte De Noel France, 2008.  Why Not Productions, France 2 Cinema, Wild Bunch, Bac Films, Canal+, CineCinema, Centre National De La Cinematographie, C.R.R.A.V. Nord Pas de Calais, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Sofica UGC 1.  Scenario and dialogue by Emmanuel Bourdieu, Arnaud Desplechin, inspired by La Greffe by Jacques Asher, Jean-Pierre Jouet.  Cinematography by…

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