Jojo Rabbit (2019)

TAIKA WAITITI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Czech Republic/New Zealand/USA, 2019.  TSG Entertainment, Piki Films, Defender Films, Czech Anglo Productions.  Screenplay by Taika Waititi, based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens.  Cinematography by Mihai Malaimare Jr..  Produced by Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Ra…

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They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    United Kingdom/New Zealand, 2018.  House Productions, Trustees of the Imperial War Museum London, WingNut Films.  Produced by Peter Jackson, Clare Olssen.  Film Editing by Jabez Olssen. To commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the November 11 armistice, the Imperial War Museum asked director Peter Jackson to create a film that…

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

MATT REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Canada/New Zealand, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, River Road Entertainment, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and the novel La Planete des Singes by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Michael Seresin.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production…

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/United Kingdom/Australia/New Zealand/Canada, 2017.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Scott Free Productions, TSG Entertainment, Brandywine Productions.  Story by Jack Paglen, Michael Green, Screenplay by John Logan, Dante Harper, based on characters created by Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by David Giler, Walter Hill, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Ridley…

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Slow West (2015)

JOHN MACLEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  United Kingdom/New Zealand, 2015.  See-Saw Films, DMC Film, Film4, New Zealand Film Commission.  Screenplay by John Maclean.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Iain Canning, Rachel Gardner, Conor McCaughan, Emile Sherman.  Music by Jed Kurzel.  Production Design by Kim Sinclair.  Costume Design by Kirsty Cameron.  Film Editing by Roland Gallois, Jon Gregory.  European Film Awards…

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25 April (2015)

LEANNE POOLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  New Zealand, 2015.  General Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Leanne Pooley, Tim Woodhouse, from an original idea by Matthew Metcalfe.  Produced by Matthew Metcalfe.  Music by David Long.  Film Editing by Tim Woodhouse.  Toronto International Film Festival 2015. The devastation of Gallipoli has its hundredth anniversary marked by this dramatic, animated film by Leanne…

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies (2014)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  New Zealand/USA, 2014.  New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, WingNut Films, 3Foot7.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, based on the novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Zane Weiner.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Dan Hennah.  Costume Design by…

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Yogi Bear (2010)

ERIC BREVIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/New Zealand, 2010.  Warner Bros., Sunswept Entertainment, De Line Pictures, Rhythm & Hues Studios, Picnic Basket.  Screenplay by J.R. Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin, Brad Copeland. Cinematography by Peter James. Produced by Donald De Line, Karen Rosenfelt.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by David Sandefur.  Costume Design by Liz McGregor.  Film Editing by Kent Beyda.   The silly…

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What Dreams May Come (1998)

VINCENT WARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/New Zealand, 1998.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Interscope Communications, Metafilmics.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Richard Matheson. Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Barnet Bain.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Maysie Hoy.  Academy Awards 1998.   Robin Williams plays a happy family…

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The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)

VINCENT WARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia/New Zealand, 1988.  Arenafilm, Film Investment Corporation of New Zealand, The Australian Film Commission, New Zealand Film Commission, John Maynard Productions. Screenplay by Geoff Chapple, Kely Lyons, Vincent Ward.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by John Maynard.  Music by Davood A. Tabrizi.  Production Design by Sally Campbell.  Costume Design by Glenys Jackson.  Film Editing by John Scott.  …

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Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009)

PATRICK TATOPOULOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/New Zealand, 2009.  Sketch Films, Lakeshore Entertainment, Screen Gems, UW3 Film Productions.  Story by Len Wiseman, Robert Orr, Danny McBride, Screenplay by Danny McBride, Dirk Blackman, Howard McCain, based on characters created by Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride.  Cinematography by Ross Emery.  Produced by Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Len Wiseman.  Music by Paul Haslinger.  Production…

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Once Were Warriors (1994)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  New Zealand, 1994.  Communicado Productions, New Zealand Film Commission, Avalon/NFU, New Zealand On Air. Screenplay by Riwia Brown, based on the novel by Alan Duff.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Robin Scholes.  Music by Murray Grindlay, Murray McNabb.  Production Design by Michael Kane.  Costume Design by Pauline Bowkett.  Film Editing by Michael Horton.   Fascinating, intense drama…

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