Transamerica (2005)

DUNCAN TUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2005.  Belladonna Productions.  Screenplay by Duncan Tucker.  Cinematography by Stephen Kazmierski.  Produced by Rene Bastian, Sebastian Dungan, Linda Moran.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Mark White.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Pam Wise.  Academy Awards 2005.  Golden Globe Awards 2005. Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005.   Toronto International Film Festival 2005.   Felicity Huffman plays a…

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Junebug (2005)

PHIL MORRISON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2005.  Junebug Movie, Epoch Films.  Screenplay by Angus MacLachlan.  Cinematography by Peter Donahue.  Produced by Mindy Goldberg, Mike S. Ryan.  Music by Yo La Tengo.  Production Design by David Doernberg.  Costume Design by Danielle Kays.  Film Editing by Joe Klotz.  Academy Awards 2005.  Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005.   Embeth Davidtz and Alessandro Nivola meet in her art gallery and after…

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Capote (2005)

BENNETT MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada/USA, 2005.  United Artists, Sony Pictures Classics, A-Line Pictures, Cooper’s Town Productions, Infinity Media, Eagle Vision.  Screenplay by Dan Futterman, based on the book by Gerald Clarke.  Cinematography by Adam Kimmel.  Produced by Caroline Baron, Michael Ohoven, William Vince.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by…

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The Constant Gardener (2005)

FERNANDO MEIRELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Germany, 2005.  Focus Features, UK Film Council, Potboiler Productions, Scion Films, Blue Sky Films, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by Jeffrey Caine, based on the novel by John Le Carre.  Cinematography by Cesar Charlone.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams. Music by Alberto Iglesias.  Production Design by Mark Tildesley.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film…

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Walk The Line (2005)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2005.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Tree Line Film, Konrad Pictures, Catfish Productions, Major Studio Partners, Mars Media Beteiligungs.  Screenplay by Gill Dennis, James Mangold, based on the books Man In Black by Johnny Cash, and Cash: The Autobiography by Johnny Cash and Patrick Carr.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by James…

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Cinderella Man (2005)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Universal Pictures, Miramax, Imagine Entertainment, Parkway Productions.  Story by Cliff Hollingsworth, Screenplay by Cliff Hollingsworth, Akiva Goldsman.  Cinematography by Salvatore Totino.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Penny Marshall.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.  Academy Awards 2005.  Boston…

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Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)

ROB MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2005.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, DreamWorks, Spyglass Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, Red Wagon Entertainment.  Screenplay by Robin Swicord, based on the book by Arthur Golden.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by Lucy Fisher, Steven Spielberg, Douglas Wick.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by John Myhre.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Pietro…

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Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom, 2005.   Pathe Pictures, BBC Films, Future Films, Micro Fusion, The Weinstein Company, UK Film Council, Heyman-Hoskins Productions, Mrs. Henderson Productions Ltd., Pathe Pictures International.  Screenplay by Martin Sherman, idea by David Rose, Kathy Rose,based on the book by Sheila van Damm.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Norma Heyman.  Music by George…

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North Country

BBB (out of 5) Charlize Theron stars in this true story about a woman who fought and won the first class-action sexual harassment suit against a major American company. An abused wife with two children, she bundles her family into her car and leaves her husband, moving back home to Minnesota and staying with her…

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Hustle & Flow

CRAIG BREWER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Terrence Howard is excellent as a Memphis pimp who wants to break into show business with his own brand of hip hop music. He teams up with an old high school friend (Anthony Anderson) and the two of them start to record tracks in a makeshift home studio, but…

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Syriana

BB.5 (out of 5) Stephen Gaghan, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Traffic, wants so much to make a film worthy of Steven Soderbergh’s drug-trade classic that he simply photocopies its cinematography and editing and hopes that the audience won’t notice the similarities. No one would notice, actually, if his screenplay were worthy of his earlier work,…

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Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/United Kingdom/France/Japan, 2005.  Warner Independent Pictures, 2929 Productions, Participant Media, Davis Films, Redbus Pictures, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, Section Eight.  Screenplay by George Clooney, Grant Heslov.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Grant Heslov.  Music by Jim Papoulis.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Academy Awards 2005.  European Film…

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