Bad Education (2019)

CORY FINLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2019. HBO Films, Automatik Entertainment, Sight Unseen Pictures, Slater Hall Pictures. Screenplay by Mike Makowsky, based on the New York Magazine article “The Bad Superintendent” by Robert Kolker. Cinematography by Lyle Vincent. Produced by Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Julia Lebedev, Mike Makowsky, Oren Moverman, Eddie Vaisman….

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Run (2020)

ANEESH CHAGANTY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA/Canada, 2020. Lionsgate. Screenplay by Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian. Cinematography by Hillary Spera. Produced by Sev Ohanian, Natalie Qasabian. Music by Torin Borrowdale. Production Design by Jean-Andre Carriere. Costume Design by Heather Neale. Film Editing by Will Merrick. Chloe (Kiera Allen) is a bright, promising young woman…

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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

DAN GILROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.5.  USA, 2019.  Netflix.  Screenplay by Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Jennifer Fox.  Music by Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders.  Production Design by Jim Bissell.  Costume Design by Isis Mussenden, Trish Summerville.  Film Editing by John Gilroy.  Dan Gilroy follows the exceptional Nightcrawler and the absorbing…

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The Post (2017)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB. United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks, Participant Media, Pascal Pictures, Star Thrower Entertainment, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Liz Hannah, Josh Singer.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sarah Broshar, Michael Kahn.  Academy…

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Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (2015)

STEPHEN CONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 2015.  Cone Arts.  Screenplay by Stephen Cone.  Cinematography by Jason Chiu.  Produced by Stephen Cone, Bryan Hart, Laura Klein, Michael A. Leppen, Shane Simmons.  Music by Page Campbell, Daniel Donahue, Heather McIntosh.  Production Design by Caity Birmingham.  Costume Design by Chelsey Batson.  Film Editing by Stephen Cone.   Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. Henry is the son…

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Ghost World (2001)

TERRY ZWIGOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2001.  United Artists, Granada Film Productions, Jersey Shore, Mr. Mudd, Advanced Medien, Capitol Films.  Screenplay by Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book by Daniel Clowes.  Cinematography by Affonso Beato.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Edward T. McAvoy.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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Rescue Dawn (2006)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2006.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Top Gun Productions, Thema Productions, Gibraltar Films, Blue Rider Pictures, Bruin Grip Services.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Elton Brand, Harry Knapp, Steve Marlton.  Music by Klaus Badelt.  Production Design by Arin ‘Aoi’ Pinijvararak.  Costume Design by Annie Dunn.  Film Editing by Joe Bini. Independent Spirit Awards 2007. Toronto International…

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The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The best way to perk up the sagging spirits of Americans embroiled in a flailing war and waning economy: take a look back at one of the most potent myths to ever make the USA’s tough and noble self-image what it is today.  What a relief to discover that the film…

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Pearl Harbor (2001)

MICHAEL BAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2001.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Screenplay by Randall Wallace.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nigel Phelps.  Costume Design by Mitzi Haralson, Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Roger Barton, Mark Goldblatt, Chris Lebenzon,Steven Rosenblum.  Academy Awards 2001.  Golden Globe Awards 2001.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards…

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Magnolia (1999)

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1999.  Ghoulardi Film Company, New Line Cinema, The Magnolia Project.  Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, JoAnne Sellar.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by William Arnold, Mark Bridges.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 1999.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  National Board…

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