Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films.  Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman.  Music by Nicholas Hooper.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.  Academy Awards 2009.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2009.   Yet another academic…

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The Young Victoria (2009)

JEAN-MARC VALLEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2009.  GK Films.  Screenplay by Julian Fellowes.  Cinematography by Hagen Bogdanski.  Produced by Sarah Ferguson, Tim Headington, Graham King, Martin Scorsese.  Music by Ilan Eshkeri.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock, Matt Garner.  Academy Awards 2009.  Golden Globe Awards 2009. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2009.   Toronto International Film Festival 2009. …

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Moon (2009)

DUNCAN JONES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 2009.  Liberty Films, Xingu Films, Limelight Fund, Lunar Industries, Independent.  Story by Duncan Jones, Screenplay by Nathan Parker.  Cinematography by Gary Shaw.  Produced by Stuart Fenegan, Trudie Styler.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Tony Noble.  Costume Design by Jane Petrie.  Film Editing by Nicolas Gaster.  National Board of Review Awards 2009. Phoenix Film…

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The Blind Side

BBB (out of 5) Sandra Bullock  shines so bright in this film that its shortcomings are wholly forgiveable. It tells the true story of Michael Oher, at the beginning of the film a shy young black man with no home or family who is sent to an upscale Christian school in Memphis. There he catches…

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Julie & Julia (2009)

NORA EPHRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2009.  Columbia Pictures, Easy There Tiger Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Nora Ephron, based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life In France by Julia Child, Alex Prud’homme.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Nora Ephron, Laurence Mark, Amy Robinson, Eric Steel.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design…

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Up (2009)

PETE DOCTER, BOB PETERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy, Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter.  Produced by Jonas Rivera. Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Ricky Nierva.  Film Editing by Kevin Nolting.  Academy Awards 2009.  American Film Institute 2009.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2009.  Golden…

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Precious: Based On The Novel “Push” by Sapphire

BBB (out of 5) Life is a relentless war zone for Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a teenaged girl in 1987 Harlem who is pregnant for the second time with her father’s child. She likes school but is too introverted to contribute, while at home her criminally abusive mother (Mo’Nique) hurls insults at her in…

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Crazy Heart

BBBB (out of 5) Tender Mercies, Hedwig And The Angry Inch and The Wrestler have been combined in this indie vehicle for Jeff Bridges, and though that description sounds like the kiss of death, it’s completely the opposite: this film proves that sometimes a formula is how you make something great. Its familiarity and well-worn…

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Avatar (2009)

JAMES CAMERON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2009.  Twentieth Century Fox, Dune Entertainment, Ingenious Film Partners, Lightstorm Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Cameron.  Cinematography by Mauro Fiore.  Produced by James Cameron, Jon Landau.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg. Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo, Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by James Cameron, John Refoua,…

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The Lovely Bones (2009)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/United Kingdom/New Zealand, 2009.  DreamWorks, Film4, WingNut Films, New Zealand Large Budget Screen Production Grant.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, based on the novel by Alice Sebold.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson, Aimee Peyronnet, Fran Walsh.  Music by Brian Eno.  Production Design by Naomi Shohan.  Costume Design…

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Up In The Air

JASON REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2009.  Paramount Pictures, Cold Spring Pictures, DreamWorks, The Montecito Picture Company, Rickshaw Productions, Right of Way Films.  Screenplay by Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kirn.  Cinematography by Eric Steelberg.  Produced by Jeffrey Clifford, Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Steve Saklad.  Costume…

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2009.  Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company, A Band Apart, Studio Babelsberg, Visiona Romantica.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.  Academy Awards 2009.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2009.  Cannes Film Festival 2009.  Golden Globe Awards 2009. …

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