Drive (2011)

NICOLAS WINDING REFN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  FilmDistrict, Bold Films, MWM, Marc Platt Productions, Motel Movies.  Screenplay by Hossein Amini, based on the book by James Sallis.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Beth Mickle.  Costume Design by Erin Benach.  Film Editing by…

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Melancholia (2011)

LARS VON TRIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany, 2011.  Zentropa Entertainments, Memfis Film, Zentropa International Sweden, Slot Machine, Liberator Productions, Zentropa International Koln, Film i Vast, Danmarks Radio, Arte France Cinema, Sveriges Television, Canal+, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, CineCinema, Edition Video, Nordisk Film Distribution, Det Danske Filminstitut, Eurimages, Nordisk Film &…

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Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

RICHARD PRESS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 2010.  First Thought Films.  Cinematography by Tony Cenicola, Richard Press.  Produced by Philip Gefter.  Music by Brooke Wentz.  Film Editing by Ryan Denmark.  Dorian Awards 2011.  Gotham Awards 2011.  Independent Spirit Awards 2011.   One moment in this deliciously fun documentary stands out above all the others: Bill Cunningham, New York City photographer…

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Take Shelter

JEFF NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011. Hydraulx, REI Capital, Grove Hill Productions, Strange Matter Films. Screenplay by Jeff Nichols. Cinematography by Adam Stone. Produced by Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin. Music by David Wingo. Production Design by Chad Keith. Costume Design by Karen Malecki. Film Editing by Parke Gregg. Gotham Awards 2011. Independent Spirit Awards 2011.  National Board of…

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Win Win (2011)

TOM McCARTHY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2011.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Everest Entertainment, Groundswell Productions, Next Wednesday Productions, Dune Entertainment.  Story by Tom McCarthy, Joe Tiboni, Screenplay by Thomas McCarthy.  Cinematography by Oliver Bokelberg.  Produced by Lisa Maria Falcone, Michael London, Tom McCarthy, Mary Jane Skalski.  Music by Lyle Workman.  Production Design by John Paino.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by…

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Beginners (2010)

MIKE MILLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2010.     Olympus Pictures, Parts and Labor, Northwood Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Mills.  Cinematography by Kasper Tuxen.  Produced by Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Jay Van Hoy, Dean Vanech.  Music by Roger Neill, Dave Palmer, Brian Reitzell.  Production Design by Shane Valentino.  Costume Design by Jennifer Johnson.  Film Editing by Olivier Bugge Coutte.  Academy…

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A Better Life (2011)

CHRIS WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2011.  Summit Entertainment, Lime Orchard Productions, Witt/Thomas Productions, Depth of Field, McLaughlin Films.  Story by Roger L. Simon, Screenplay by Eric Eason.  Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe.  Produced by Jami Gertz, Paul Junger Witt, Stacey Lubliner, Christian McLaughlin, Chris Weitz.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Missy Stewart.  Costume Design by Elaine Montaivo.  Film Editing…

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The Artist (2011)

MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   France/Belgium, 2011.  Studio 37, La Petite Reine, La Classe Américaine, JD Prod, France 3 Cinema, Jouror Productions, uFilm, Canal+, CineCinema, France Télévision, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Federal de Belgique.  Screenplay by Michel Hazanavicius.  Cinematography by Guillaume Schiffman.  Produced by Thomas Langmann.  Music by Ludovic Bource.  Production Design by Laurence Bennett.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film…

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Footnote (2011)

JOSEPH CEDAR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Israel, 2011.  Movie Plus, United King Films.  Screenplay by Joseph Cedar.  Cinematography by Yaron Scharf.  Produced by Leon Edery, Moshe Edery, David Mandil.  Music by Amit Poznansky.  Production Design by Arad Sawat.  Costume Design by Laura Sheim.  Film Editing by Einat Glaser-Zarhin.  Academy Awards 2011.  Cannes Film Festival 2011.  Independent Spirit Awards 2011.  National Board of Review Awards…

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Albert Nobbs (2011)

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Ireland, 2011.  Mockingbird Pictures, Trillium Productions, Parallel Film Productions, Morrison Films, WestEnd Films, Chrysalis Films, Allen & Associates, Canal+, Irish Film Board, DragonCove Studios.  Screen story by Istvan Szabo, Screenplay by Gabriella Prekop, John Banville, Glenn Close, based on the novella The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs by George…

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Hell And Back Again

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Sergeant Nathan Harris returns from a tour in Afghanistan with a shattered hip after having been shot in battle. Readjusting to civilian life following the constant danger of action he saw overseas is a challenge both physically and mentally, as he and his wife spend their days shopping, getting fast food…

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My Week With Marilyn

BBB.5 (out of 5) The ancient tradition of coming-of-age stories is once again trotted out as Eddie Redmayne abandons his aristocratic homestead in the country and heads to Pinewood Studios in search of his dream of making it in the movies. Thanks to family connections and his own dogged determination to not be turned away,…

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