Drive (2011)

NICOLAS WINDING REFN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  FilmDistrict, Bold Films, MWM, Marc Platt Productions, Motel Movies.  Screenplay by Hossein Amini, based on the book by James Sallis.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Beth Mickle.  Costume Design by Erin Benach.  Film Editing by…

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Melancholia (2011)

LARS VON TRIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany, 2011.  Zentropa Entertainments, Memfis Film, Zentropa International Sweden, Slot Machine, Liberator Productions, Zentropa International Koln, Film i Vast, Danmarks Radio, Arte France Cinema, Sveriges Television, Canal+, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, CineCinema, Edition Video, Nordisk Film Distribution, Det Danske Filminstitut, Eurimages, Nordisk Film &…

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Incendies (2010)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   Canada/France, 2010.  micro_scope, TS Productions, Phi Group.  Screenplay by Denis Villeneuve, Script consultant Valerie Beaugrand-Champagne, based on the play by Wajdi Mouawad.  Cinematography by Andre Turpin.  Produced by Luc Dery, Kim McGraw.  Music by Gregoire Hetzel.  Production Design by Andre-Line Beaupariant.  Costume Design by Sophie Lefebvre.  Film Editing by Monique Dartonne.  Academy Awards 2010.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2011.  National…

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The Help (2011)

TATE TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/India/United Arab Emirates, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, 1492 Pictures, Harbinger Pictures.  Screenplay by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing…

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Take Shelter

JEFF NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011. Hydraulx, REI Capital, Grove Hill Productions, Strange Matter Films. Screenplay by Jeff Nichols. Cinematography by Adam Stone. Produced by Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin. Music by David Wingo. Production Design by Chad Keith. Costume Design by Karen Malecki. Film Editing by Parke Gregg. Gotham Awards 2011. Independent Spirit Awards 2011.  National Board of…

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Moneyball (2011)

BENNETT MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca Productions, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Specialty Films.  Story by Stan Chervin, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, based on the book Moneyball: The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game by Michael Lewis.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz,…

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Beginners (2010)

MIKE MILLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2010.     Olympus Pictures, Parts and Labor, Northwood Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Mills.  Cinematography by Kasper Tuxen.  Produced by Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Jay Van Hoy, Dean Vanech.  Music by Roger Neill, Dave Palmer, Brian Reitzell.  Production Design by Shane Valentino.  Costume Design by Jennifer Johnson.  Film Editing by Olivier Bugge Coutte.  Academy…

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The Tree Of Life (2011)

TERRENCE MALICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2011.  Cottonwood Pictures, River Road Entertainment, Brace Cove Productions, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Terrence Malick.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Nigel Ashcroft, Greg Eliason, Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Jack Fisk.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by Hank…

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The Iron Lady (2011)

PHYLLIDA LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  United Kingdom/France, 2011.  Pathe, Film4, UK Film Council, The Weinstein Company, Yuk Films, Canal+, CineCinema, Goldcrest Pictures, DJ Films, Media Rights Capital.  Screenplay by Abi Morgan.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Damian Jones.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Simon Elliott.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by Justine Wright.  Academy Awards 2011.  Dorian Awards 2011.  Golden…

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The Artist (2011)

MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   France/Belgium, 2011.  Studio 37, La Petite Reine, La Classe Américaine, JD Prod, France 3 Cinema, Jouror Productions, uFilm, Canal+, CineCinema, France Télévision, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Federal de Belgique.  Screenplay by Michel Hazanavicius.  Cinematography by Guillaume Schiffman.  Produced by Thomas Langmann.  Music by Ludovic Bource.  Production Design by Laurence Bennett.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film…

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Canada/USA/France/Germany/United Kingdom, 2010.  Creative Differences, History Films, Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication, Arte France, Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, More4.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog, based on an article by Judith Thurman.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Adrienne Ciuffo, Erik Nelson.  Music by Ernst Reijseger.  Film Editing by Joe Bini, Maya Hawke.   Dorian…

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Coriolanus

BB (out of 5) One of Shakespeare’s least-known plays is adapted to the big screen by actor/director Ralph Fiennes, playing the Roman general who goes back and forth in popularity with his people to devastating consequences. The Bard’s verse is kept intact but the setting is a modern-day, Hurt Locker-looking Rome where politicians speak into…

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