Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

GEORGE C. WOLFE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play by August Wilson. Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler. Produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf. Music by Branford Marsalis. Production Design by Mark Ricker. Costume Design by Ann Roth. Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein. …

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The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.   USA/Germany, 1997.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Kopelson Entertainment, Taurus Film, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy, based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing…

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Selma (2014)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Cloud Eight Films, Celador Films, Harpo Films, Pathe, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Webb.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey.  Music by Jason Moran.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.  Academy Awards 2014.  American Film Institute 2014. …

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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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Coming To America (1988)

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1988.  Paramount Pictures, Eddie Murphy Productions.  Directed by John Landis.  Story by Eddie Murphy, Screenplay by David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein.  Cinematography by Sol Negrin, Woody Omens.  Produced by George Folsey Jr., Robert D. Wachs.  Music by Nile Rodgers.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell, George…

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American Gangster (2007)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. USA, 2007.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Relativity Media, Scott Free Productions, WR Universal Group.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the article The Return Of Superfly by Mark Jacobson.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott.  Music by Marc Streitenfeld.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film Editing by Pietro…

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Domestic Disturbance (2001)

HAROLD BECKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, De Line Pictures, Jonathan Krane Group.  Story by Lewis Colick, William S. Comanor, Gary Drucker, Screenplay by Lewis Colick.  Cinematography by Michael Seresin.  Produced by Harold Becker, Donald De Line, Jonathan D. Krane.  Music by Mark Mancina.  Production Design by Clay A. Griffith.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Peter…

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