Hard Candy (2005)

DAVID SLADE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2005.  Lions Gate Films, Vulcan Productions, Launchpad Productions.  Screenplay by Brian Nelson.  Cinematography by Jo Willems.  Produced by Michael Caldwell, David Higgins, Richard Hutton.  Music by Harry Escott, Molly Nyman.  Production Design by Jeremy Reed.  Costume Design by Jennifer Johnson.  Film Editing by Art Jones.  Online Film Critics Awards 2006.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2006.    Fourteen year-old…

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Thank You For Smoking (2005)

JASON REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2005.  Room 9 Entertainment, TYFS Productions LLC, ContentFilm, Major Studio Partners.  Screenplay by Jason Reitman, based on the novel by Christopher Buckley.  Cinematography by Jim Whitaker.  Produced by David O. Sacks.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Steve Saklad.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Dana E. Glauberman.  Golden Globe Awards 2005. Independent Spirit Awards…

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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

CRISTI PUIU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5. Original title:  Moartea Domnului Lazarescu Romania, 2005.  Mandragora.  Screenplay by Cristi Puiu, Razvan Radulescu.  Cinematography by Andrei Butica, Oleg Mutu.  Produced by Bobby Paunescu.  Music by Andreea Paduraru.  Production Design by Cristina Barbu.  Costume Design by Cristina Barbu.  Film Editing by Dana Bunescu.  Independent Spirit Awards 2005.  National Society Of Film Critics Awards 2006.  New York Film Critics Awards…

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The Prestige (2006)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA/United Kingdom, 2006.  Touchstone Pictures, Warner Bros., Newmarket Productions, Syncopy.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, based on the novel by Christopher Priest.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Aaron Ryder, Emma Thomas.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film Editing by Lee Smith.  Academy Awards 2006. …

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Happy Feet (2006)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia/USA, 2006.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Productions, Animal Logic, Kingdom Feature Productions.  Screenplay by George Miller, John Collee, Judy Morris, Warren Coleman.  Cinematography by David Peers.  Produced by Bill Miller, George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Mark Sexton.  Film Editing by Christian Gazal, Margaret Sixel.  Academy Awards…

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The Descent

NEIL MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2005.  Celador Films, Northmen Productions, Pathé.  Screenplay by Neil Marshall.  Cinematography by Sam McCurdy.  Produced by Christian Colson.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Simon Bowles.  Costume Design by Nancy Thompson.  Film Editing by Jon Harris.  Online Film Critics Awards 2006.   Wonderful, scary horror movie will have you jumping out of your seat…

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A Scanner Darkly (2006)

RICHARD LINKLATER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2006.  Warner Independent Pictures, Thousand Words, Section Eight, Detour Filmproduction, 3 Arts Entertainment.  Screenplay by Richard Linklater, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick.  Cinematography by Shane F. Kelly.  Produced by Tommy Pallotta, Jonah Smith, Erwin Stoff, Anne Walker-McBay, Palmer West.  Music by Graham Reynolds.  Production Design by Bruce Curtis.  Costume Design…

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Water (2005)

DEEPA MEHTA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Canada/India, 2005.  Deepa Mehta Films, Flagship International, David Hamilton Productions, Echo Lake Entertainment, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Noble Nomad Pictures, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Deepa Mehta, dialogue by Anurag Kashyap.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens.  Produced by David Hamilton.  Music by Mychael Danna, A.R. Rahman.  Production Design by Errol Kelly.  Costume Design by Dolly Ahluwalia.  Film Editing…

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Monster House

GIL KENAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2006.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Relativity Media, ImageMovers, Amblin Entertainment, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Screenplay by Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Pamela Pettler.  Cinematography by Xavier Grobet.  Produced by Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey.  Music by Douglas Pipes. Production Design by Ed Verreaux.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Fabienne…

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Brick (2005)

RIAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2005.  Bergman Lustig Productions.  Screenplay by Rian Johnson.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Ram Bergman, Mark G. Mathis.  Music by Nathan Johnson.  Production Design by Jodie Lynn Tillen.  Costume Design by Michele Posch.  Film Editing by Rian Johnson.  Independent Spirit Awards 2005.  Online Film Critics Awards 2006.   An excellent screenplay and some wonderfully strange characters are…

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Babel (2006)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/USA/Mexico, 2006.  Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Anonymous Content, Zeta Film, Central Films, Media Rights Capital.  Story by Guillermo Arriaga, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Steve Golin, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jon Kilik.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by Brigitte Broch.  Costume Design by Gabriela Diaque, Miwako Kobayashi,…

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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

DAVIS GUGGENHEIM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2006.  Lawrence Bender Productions, Participant Media.  Cinematography by Davis Guggenheim, Robert Richman.  Produced by Lawrence Bender, Scott Z. Burns, Laurie Lennard.  Music by Michael Brook.  Costume Design by Marina Ray.  Film Editing by Jay Cassidy, Dan Swietlik.  Academy Awards 2006.  Gotham Awards 2006.  Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2006.  National Board of Review Awards 2006….

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