Of Time And The City (2008)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom, 2008.  Screenplay by Terence Davies.  Cinematography by Tim Pollard.  Produced by Roy Boulter, Sol Papadopoulos.  Music by Ian Neil.  Film Editing by Liza Ryan-Carter.  Academy Awards 2008.  New York Film Critics 2009.  Toronto International Film Festival 2008.  Terence Davies’ fictional films have often had a deep, resonant preoccupation with his beloved birthplace of…

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Julia (2008)

ERICK ZONCA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France/USA/Mexico/Belgium, 2008.  Les Productions Bagheera, Le Bureau, France 3 Cinéma, uFilm, StudioCanal, The 7th Floor, Saga Film, Jaibol Films, Canal+, France 3, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Federal de Belgique.  Screenplay by Aude Py, Erick Zonca, Adapted by Roger Bohbot, Michael Collins.  Cinematography by Yorick…

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Coraline (2009)

HENRY SELICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Focus Features, Laika Entertainment, Pandemonium.  Screenplay by Henry Selick, based on the book by Neil Gaiman. Cinematography by Pete Kozachik.  Produced by Claire Jennings, Bill Mechanic, Mary Sandell, Henry Selick.  Music by Bruno Coulais.  Production Design by Henry Selick.  Film Editing by Christopher Murrie, Ronald Saunders.  Academy Awards 2009.  American Film Institute 2009.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Me And Orson Welles (2008)

RICHARD LINKLATER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/Isle Of Man, 2008.  CinemaNX, Isle of Man Film, Framestore, Hart-Lunsford Pictures, Detour Filmproduction.  Screenplay by Holly Gent Palmo, Vincent Palmo Jr., based on the novel by Robert Kaplow.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Ann Carli, Richard Linklater, Marc Samuelson.  Music by Michael J. McEvoy.  Production Design by Laurence Dorman.  Costume Design by…

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Julie & Julia (2009)

NORA EPHRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2009.  Columbia Pictures, Easy There Tiger Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Nora Ephron, based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life In France by Julia Child, Alex Prud’homme.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Nora Ephron, Laurence Mark, Amy Robinson, Eric Steel.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design…

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Up (2009)

PETE DOCTER, BOB PETERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy, Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter.  Produced by Jonas Rivera. Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Ricky Nierva.  Film Editing by Kevin Nolting.  Academy Awards 2009.  American Film Institute 2009.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2009.  Golden…

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Precious: Based On The Novel “Push” by Sapphire

BBB (out of 5) Life is a relentless war zone for Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a teenaged girl in 1987 Harlem who is pregnant for the second time with her father’s child. She likes school but is too introverted to contribute, while at home her criminally abusive mother (Mo’Nique) hurls insults at her in…

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Crazy Heart

BBBB (out of 5) Tender Mercies, Hedwig And The Angry Inch and The Wrestler have been combined in this indie vehicle for Jeff Bridges, and though that description sounds like the kiss of death, it’s completely the opposite: this film proves that sometimes a formula is how you make something great. Its familiarity and well-worn…

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Hunger (2008)

STEVE McQUEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Ireland, 2008.  Film4, Channel Four Film, Northern Ireland Screen, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland,  Wales Creative IP Fund, Blast! Films, Sound & Vision Broadcasting Funding Scheme.   Screenplay by Enda Walsh, Steve McQueen.  Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt.  Produced by Robin Gutch, Laura Hastings-Smith.  Music by Leo Abrahams, David Holmes.  Production Design by Tom…

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Avatar (2009)

JAMES CAMERON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2009.  Twentieth Century Fox, Dune Entertainment, Ingenious Film Partners, Lightstorm Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Cameron.  Cinematography by Mauro Fiore.  Produced by James Cameron, Jon Landau.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg. Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo, Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by James Cameron, John Refoua,…

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Up In The Air

JASON REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2009.  Paramount Pictures, Cold Spring Pictures, DreamWorks, The Montecito Picture Company, Rickshaw Productions, Right of Way Films.  Screenplay by Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kirn.  Cinematography by Eric Steelberg.  Produced by Jeffrey Clifford, Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Steve Saklad.  Costume…

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2009.  Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company, A Band Apart, Studio Babelsberg, Visiona Romantica.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.  Academy Awards 2009.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2009.  Cannes Film Festival 2009.  Golden Globe Awards 2009. …

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