Hold The Dark (2018)

JEREMY SAULNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Addictive Pictures, Film Science, VisionChaos Productions.  Screenplay by Macon Blair, based on the book by William Giraldi.  Cinematography by Magnus Nordenhof Jonck.  Produced by Russell Ackerman, Eva Maria Daniels, Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani, John Schoenfelder.  Music by Brooke Blair, Will Blair.  Production Design by Ryan Warren Smith.  Costume Design by Antoinette Messam.  Film…

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Bridge Of Spies (2015)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany, 2015.  DreamWorks, Fox 2000 Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, TSG Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, Marc Platt Productions, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg.  Music by Thomas Newman. Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film…

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The Immigrant (2013)

JAMES GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2013.  Worldview Entertainment, Keep Your Head, Kingsgate Films, Wild Bunch.  Screenplay by James Gray, Ric Menello.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by James Colby, Anthony Katagas, Greg Shapiro, Christopher Woodrow.  Music by Christopher Spelman.  Production Design by Happy Massee.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by John Axelrad, Kayla Emter.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2014. …

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Inherent Vice (2014)

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2014.  Ghoulardi Film Company, Warner Bros., IAC Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon.  inematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar.  Music by Jonny Greenwood.  Production Design by David Crank.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Leslie Jones.  Academy Awards 2014. …

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The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole (1998)

TOD WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Culpan Productions LLC.  Screenplay by Tod Williams.  Cinematography by John Foster.  Produced by Karen Barber, Jasmine Kosovic.  Music by Elizabeth Swados.  Costume Design by Eric Daman.  Film Editing by Affonso Goncalves.  Independent Spirit Awards 1999.  Independent Spirit Awards 2001.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Adrian Grenier is excellent as a wayward youth in the early eighties…

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Shaft (2000)

JOHN SINGLETON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany/USA, 2000.  Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, New Deal Productions, Munich Film Partners & Company, Shaft Productions.  Story by John Singleton, Shane Salerno, Screenplay by Richard Price, John Singleton, Shane Salerno, based on the novel by Ernest Tidyman.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Mark Roybal, Scott Rudin, John Singleton.  Music by David Arnold.  Production…

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.    USA, 2004.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Enterprises, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Story by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Michael Chabon, Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Avi Arad, Lorne Orleans, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by…

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The Associate (1996)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Frederic Golchan Productions.  Screenplay by Nick Thiel, based on the screenplay L’Associe by Jean-Claude Carriere, Rene Gainville, from the novel El Socio by Jenaro Prieto.  Cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy.  Produced by Frederic Golchan, Adam Leipzig, Patrick Markey.  Music by Christopher Tyng.  Production Design by Andrew…

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Big (1988)

PENNY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1988.  American Entertainment Partners II L.P., Gracie Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg.  Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld.  Produced by James L. Brooks, Robert Greenhut.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky. Film Editing by Barry Malkin.   A thirteen year-old kid is tired of…

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School Ties (1992)

ROBERT MANDEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1992.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Dick Wolf, Screenplay by Dick Wolf, Darryl Ponicsan.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Stanley R. Jaffe, Sherry Lansing.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas, Gerald B. Greenberg.   In this hybrid of Gentleman’s Agreement and Beverly…

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Sleepers (1996)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Astoria Films, Baltimore Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Barry Levinson, based on the book by Lorenzo Carcaterra.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Produced by Steve Golin, Barry Levinson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.   Four…

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Lincoln (2012)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2012.  DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Dune Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Tony Kushner, based on the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design…

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