They Shall Not Grow Old

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 would…

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Everybody Knows (Todos lo Saben) (2018)

ASGHAR FARHADI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Spain/France/Italy, 2018.  Memento Films Production, Morena Films, Lucky Red.  Screenplay by Asghar Farhadi.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Álvaro Longoria, Alexandre Mallet-Guy.  Music by Javier Limón.  Production Design by Maria Clara Notari.  Costume Design by Sonia Grande.  Film Editing by Hayedeh Safiyari.  Cannes Film Festival 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. The magnificence of Asghar Farhadi…

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Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant tuna…

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Destroyer (2018)

KARYN KUSAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  30West, Automatik.  Screenplay by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.  Cinematography by Julie Kirkwood.  Produced by Fred Berger, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.   Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Kay Lee.  Costume Design by Audrey Fisher.  Film Editing by Plummy Tucker.  Golden Globe Awards 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. A grizzled, self-destructive Los Angeles cop (Nicole…

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The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018)

PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Poland/United Kingdom/France, 2018.  Opus Film, Apocalypso Pictures, MK2 Productions, Arte France, BFI Film Fund, Canal+ Polska, Cinestaan Film Company, City of Lodz, City of Warsaw, EC1 Lódz – Miasto Kultury, Eurimages, Film4, Kino Swiat, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, MK2 Films, Maziowiecki Fundusz Filmowy, Mazovia Region, Mazovia Warsaw Film Fund,…

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Vice (2018)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Adam McKay.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Will Ferrell, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, Kevin J. Messick, Brad Pitt.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin.  Golden Globe…

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Aquaman (2018)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Australia/USA, 2018.  DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Panoramic Pictures, Rodeo FX, The Safran Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Geoff Johns, James Wan, Will Beall, Screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall, based on Aquaman created by Mort Weisinger, Paul Norris.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Peter Safran.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Production…

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Roma (2018)

ALFONSO CUARON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Mexico/USA, 2018.  Esperanto Filmoj, Participant Media.  Screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón.  Cinematography by Alfonso Cuarón.  Produced by Nicolás Celis, Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodriguez.  Production Design by Eugenio Caballero.  Costume Design by Anna Terrazas.  Film Editing by Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough.  Golden Globe Awards 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Alfonso Cuaron follows his fascinating voyage into outer space…

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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

ROB MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Lucamar Productions, Marc Platt Productions, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screen story by David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Screenplay by David Magee, based on the Mary Poppins stories by P.L. Travers.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt.  Music by Marc Shaiman.   Production Design by John Myhre.  Costume…

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Heyday Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by J.K. Rowling, based on her characters.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by David Heyman, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling, Lionel Wigram.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Mark Day. The nefarious Grindelwald (Johnny Depp as Annie…

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