The Witches (2020)

ROBERT ZEMECKIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA/Mexico/United Kingdom, 2020. Warner Bros., ImageMovers, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Double Dare You, Esperanto Filmoj, Necropia Entertainment, The Jim Henson Company. Screenplay by Robert Zemeckis, Kenya Barris, Guillermo Del Toro, based on the book by Roald Dahl. Cinematography by Don Burgess. Produced by Alfonso…

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Supernova (2020)

HARRY MACQUEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 2020. BBC Films, British Film Institute, Quiddity Films, The Bureau. Screenplay by Harry Macqueen. Cinematography by Dick Pope. Produced by Tristan Goligher, Emily Morgan. Music by Keaton Henson. Production Design by Sarah Finley. Costume Design by Matthew Price. Film Editing by Chris Wyatt. We’re immediately…

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Beethoven (1992)

BRIAN LEVANT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1992.  Universal Pictures, Northern Lights Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Hughes, Amy Holden Jones.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Michael C. Gross, Joe Medjuck.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Alex Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by William D. Gordean,…

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A Private War (2018)

MATTHEW HEINEMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Acacia Filmed Entertainment, Savvy Media Holdings, Thunder Road Pictures, Denver and Delilah Productions, Kamala Films.  Screenplay by Arash Amel, based on the Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War” by Marie Brenner.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Matthew George, Matthew Heineman, Basil Iwanyk, Marissa McMahon, Charlize Theron.  Music…

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The Children Act (2017)

RICHARD EYRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom, 2017.  Toledo Productions, BBC Films, FilmNation Entertainment.  Screenplay by Ian McEwan, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Duncan Kenworthy.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Peter Francis.  Costume Design by Tessa Phillips.  Film Editing by Dan Farrell.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Emma Thompson plays a judge whose cases mostly involve…

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Beauty And The Beast (2017)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 2017.  Mandeville Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, Evan Spiliotopoulos, based on the story by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, and the 1991 screenplay by Linda Woolverton.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman.  Music by Alan Menken.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing…

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A Little Chaos (2014)

ALAN RICKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2014.  BBC Films, The Bureau, K. JAM Media, Lionsgate, Lipsync Productions, Potboiler Productions.  Screenplay by Jeremy Brock, Alison Deegan, Alan Rickman.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan, Bertrand Faivre.  Music by Peter Gregson.  Production Design by James Merifield.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film Editing by Nicolas Gaster.  Toronto International…

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Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search For A Kool Place (2011)

ALISON ELLWOOD, ALEX GIBNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Magnolia Pictures, History Films, Optimum Releasing, Imaginary Forces, Jigsaw Productions, Phoenix Wiley, A&E IndieFilms.  Screenplay by Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood, based on the works of Ken Kesey.  Produced by Will Clarke, Alex Gibney, Alexandra Johnes.  Music by David Kahne.  Film Editing by Alison Ellwood. The popular conception of the…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

FRANCIS LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2015.  Color Force, Lionsgate, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by Peter Craig, Danny Strong, adaptation by Suzanne Collins, based on her novel.  Cinematography by Jo Willems.  Produced by Nina Jacobsen, Jon Kilik.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Alan Edward Bell, Mark Yoshikawa….

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

FRANCIS LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2014.  Color Force, Lionsgate.  Screenplay by Peter Craig, Danny Strong, adaptation by Suzanne Collins, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.  Cinematography by Jo Willems.  Produced by Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Alan Edward Bell, Mark…

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Spotlight (2015)

TOM McCARTHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2015.  Participant Media, First Look Media, Anonymous Content, Rocklin\Faust.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy.  Cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi.  Produced by Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Stephen H. Carter.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by Tom McArdle.  Academy Awards 2015.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Fifth Estate (2013)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/India/Belgium, 2013.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Anonymous Content, FBO, Umedia.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh, Luke Harding.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Steve Golin, Michael Sugar.  Music by Carter…

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