The Rescue (2021)

JIMMY CHIN, ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 2021. National Geographic Documentary Films, Ventureland, Storyteller Productions, Little Monster Films, Passion Pictures, Cavalry Media, Michael De Luca Productions. Cinematography by David Katznelson, Ian Seabrook, Picha Srisansanee. Produced by Jimmy Chin, John Battsek, Bob Eisenhardt, P.J. Van Sandwijk, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. Music…

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Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)

NICK BROOMFIELD, RUDI DOLEZAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Lafayette Films, Passion Pictures, Showtime Networks.  Screenplay by Nick Broomfield.  Cinematography by Sam Mitchell.  Produced by Nick Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin.  Music by Nick Laird-Clowes.  Film Editing by Marc Hoeferlin. The phenomenon of Whitney Houston‘s career as pop star came to a devastating end when she was found dead of…

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Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom (2015)

EVGENY AFINEEVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/Ukraine/USA, 2015.  Afineevsky – Tolmor Production, Campbell Grobman Films, Netflix, Passion Pictures, Pray for Ukraine Production, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment, Rock Paper Scissors, SPN Production, UkrStream TV.  Screenplay by Den Tolmor.  Cinematography by Evgeny Afineevsky, Oleg Tandalov, Maxim Bernakevich, Ruslan Ganushchak, Eduard Georgadze, Inna Goncharova, Kostyantyn Ignatchuk, Alex Kashpur,…

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Searching For Sugar Man (2012)

MALIK BENDJELLOUL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Sweden/United Kingdom, 2012.  Red Box Films, Passion Pictures, Canfield Pictures, The Documentary Company, Hysteria Film, Saperi Film, Sveriges Television, YLE Co-Productions. Screenplay by Malik Bendjelloul, based on the article Sugar and The Sugar Man by Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Looking For Jesus by Craig Bartholomew Strydom.  Cinematography by Camilla Skagerstrom.  Produced by Malik Bendjelloul, Simon…

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One Day In September (1999)

KEVIN MACDONALD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  Switzerland/Germany/United Kingdom, 1999.  Passion Pictures, Arthur Cohn Productions, British Broadcasting Corporation, British Screen Productions, Dan Valley Film AG, European Co-production Fund, Soros Documentary Fund of the Open Society Movement.  Cinematography by Neve Cunningham, Alwin H. Kuchler.  Produced by John Battsek, Arthur Cohn.  Music by Alex Heffes.  Film Editing by Justine Wright.   In…

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Project Nim (2011)

JAMES MARSH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2011.  Red Box Films, Passion Pictures, BBC Films.  Based on the book Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human by Elizabeth Hess.  Cinematography by Michael Simmonds.  Produced by Simon Chinn.  Music by Dickon Hinchliffe.  Production Design by Markus Kirschner.  Costume Design by Kathryn Nixon.  Film Editing by Jinx Godfrey.   “It was the seventies!”…

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Restrepo (2010)

TIM HETHERINGTON, SEBASTIAN JUNGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 2010.  Outpost Films, Virgil Films & Entertainment, Passion Pictures.  Cinematography by Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger.  Produced by Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger.  Film Editing by Michael Levine.   The filmmakers of this fascinating documentary spend a year in the trenches with soldiers in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, the strategic…

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