The White Countess (2005)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/China/USA, 2005.  Merchant Ivory Productions, Sony Pictures Classics, Shanghai Film Group, VIP 3 Medienfonds, Global Cinema Group, Rising Star, China Film Co-Production Corporation. Screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. Produced by Ismail Merchant, Zhonglun Ren. Music by Richard Robbins. Production Design by Andrew Sanders….

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Truth (2015)

JAMES VANDERBILT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia/USA, 2015.  Sony Pictures Classics, Echo Lake Entertainment, RatPac Entertainment, FilmNation Entertainment, Blue Lake Media Fund, Deluxe Australia, Mythology Entertainment , Dirty Films.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book Truth And Duty: The Press, The President and The Privilege Of Power by Mary Mapes.  Cinematography by Mandy Walker.  Produced by…

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Art School Confidential (2006)

TERRY ZWIGOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2006.  United Artists, Sony Pictures Classics, Mr. Mudd.  Screenplay by Daniel Clowes, based on his comic story.  Cinematography by Jamie Anderson.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Robert Hoffman.   Terry Zwigoff returns to the world of conflicted…

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Trixie (2000)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.  USA, 2000.  Pandora Cinema, Sandcastle 5 Productions, Sony Pictures Classics.  Story by Alan Rudolph, John Binder, Screenplay by Alan Rudolph.  Cinematography by Jan Kiesser.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Mark Isham, Roger Neill.  Production Design by Linda Del Rosario, Richard Paris.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by John Helde, Michael Ruscio.   Dull, uneventful…

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Dancing At Lughnasa (1998)

PAT O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Capitol Films, Channel Four Films, Ferndale Films, Irish Film Board, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Sony Pictures Classics.  Screenplay by Frank McGuinness, based on the play by Brian Friel.  Cinematography by Kenneth MacMillan.  Produced by Noel Pearson.  Music by Bill Whelan.  Production Design by Mark Geraghty.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film…

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The Fog Of War: Eleven Lessons From The Life Of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

ERROL MORRIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2003.  Sony Pictures Classics, RadicalMedia, SenArt Films, The Globe Department Store.  Cinematography by Peter Donahue, Robert Chappell.  Produced by Julie Ahlberg, Errol Morris, Michael Williams.  Music by Philip Glass.  Production Design by Ted Bafaloukos, Steve Hardie.  Costume Design by Eddie Marquez, Julie Vogel.  Film Editing by Doug Abel, Chyld King, Karen Schmeer.   In this captivating…

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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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Please Give (2010)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Sony Pictures Classics, Likely Story, Feelin’ Guilty.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener.  Cinematography by Yaron Orbach.  Produced by Anthony Bregman.  Music by Tim LeFebvre, Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Mark White.  Costume Design by Ane Crabtree.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.   Nicole Holocener returns with yet another compelling examination of complicated women. Rebecca Hall is excellent as…

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Waiting For Guffman (1996)

CHRISTOPHER GUEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Pale Morning Dun, All Night Productions, Sony Pictures Classics.  Screenplay by Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy.  Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer.  Produced by Karen Murphy.  Music by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer.  Production Design by Joseph T. Garrity.  Costume Design by Julie Carnahan.  Film Editing by Andy Blumenthal.   Hilarious mockumentary directed by…

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The Statement (2003)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Canada/France/USA, 2003.  Serendipity Point Films, Odessa Films, Company Pictures, Astral Media, Telefilm Canada, Corus Entertainment, Movision, Sony Pictures Classics, BBC Films.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the novel by Brian Moore.  Cinematography by Kevin Jewison.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Robert Lantos.  Music by Normand Corbeil.  Production Design by Jean Rabasse.  Costume Design by Carine Sarfati.  Film Editing…

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The Celluloid Closet (1995)

JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, ROB EPSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom/Germany/USA, 1995.  Arte, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Channel Four Films, Home Box Office, Sony Pictures Classics, Telling Pictures, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Story by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Sharon Wood, narration by Armistead Maupin, based on the book by Vito Russo.  Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber.  Produced by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman,…

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Inside Job (2010)

CHARLES FERGUSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2010.  Sony Pictures Classics, Representational Pictures, Screen Pass Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Ferguson, co-written by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt.  Cinematography by Svetlana Cvetko, Kalyanee Mam.  Produced by Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs.  Music by Alex Heffes.  Production Design by Mariko Marrs.  Film Editing by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt.   The economic crash of 2008 was attributed…

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