The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Sweden/South Africa, 2019.  Animal Kingdom, Film i Vast.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan.  Music by Squrl.  Production Design by Alex DiGerlando.  Costume Design by Catherine George.  Film Editing by Affonso Goncalves. Cannes Film Festival 2019. Jim Jarmusch follows…

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Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead (1995)

GARY FLEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1995.  Miramax, Woods Entertainment.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Jonathan McHugh, Cary Woods.  Music by Michael Convertino.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Abigail Murray.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  Toronto International Film Festival 1995. This one’s plot reads…

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Nancy (2018)

CHRISTINA CHOE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Mental Pictures, EON Productions, Gamechanger Films, XS Media.  Screenplay by Christina Choe.   Cinematography by Zoe White.  Produced by Michelle Cameron, Amy Lo, Andrea Riseborough.  Music by Peter Raeburn.  Production Design by Charlotte Royer.  Costume Design by Tere Duncan.  Film Editing by David Gutnik.  Independent Spirit Awards 2018.   Andrea Riseborough gives a committed performance…

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Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, LStar Capital, Sony Pictures Animation, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Digital, Sony Pictures Imageworks.  Screenplay by Robert Smigel, Adam Sandler, based on characters created by Todd Durham.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Production Design by Michael Kurinsky.  Film Editing by Catherine Apple.   In this hilarious…

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, Genndy Tartakovsky, based on characters created by Todd Durham.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh, Tiësto.  Production Design by Scott Wills.  Film Editing by Joyce Arrastia. With his daughter’s happiness well secured by her marriage in the previous…

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The Death Of Stalin (2017)

ARMANDO IANNUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   France/United Kingdom/Belgium/Canada, 2017.  Quad Productions, Main Journey, Gaumont, France 3 Cinéma, Panache Productions, Canal+, Cine+, France Télévisions, Title Media.  Screenplay by Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, additional material by Peter Fellows, from a screenplay by Fabien Nury, based on the comic book by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin.  Cinematography by…

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The Boss Baby (2017)

TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2017.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, based on the book by Marla Frazee.  Produced by Ramsey Ann Naito.  Music by Steve Mazzaro, Hans Zimmer.  Film Editing by James Ryan.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  North Carolina Film Critics Awards 2017.   A young boy’s perfect life as the top priority of his loving parents is dashed…

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Escape From L.A. (1996)

JOHN CARPENTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1996.  Paramount Pictures, Rysher Entertainment.  Story by John Carpenter, Nick Castle, Screenplay by John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Kurt Russell.  Cinematography by Gary B. Kibbe.  Produced by Debra Hill, Kurt Russell.  Music by John Carpenter, Shirley Walker.  Production Design by Lawrence G. Paull.  Costume Design by Robin Michel Bush.  Film Editing by Edward A. Warschilka.  John Carpenter returns…

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Ghost World (2001)

TERRY ZWIGOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2001.  United Artists, Granada Film Productions, Jersey Shore, Mr. Mudd, Advanced Medien, Capitol Films.  Screenplay by Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book by Daniel Clowes.  Cinematography by Affonso Beato.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Edward T. McAvoy.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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Con Air (1997)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Kouf/Bigelow Productions, Runway Pictures, Hiett Designs of Las Vegas.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Mark Mancina, Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Chas. Butcher, Edward T. McAvoy, Seven L. Nielsen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Steve Mirkovich, Glen Scantlebury.  Academy…

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Charlotte’s Web (2006)

GARY WINICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2006.  Paramount Pictures, Walden Media, Kerner Entertainment Company, Nickelodeon Movies, Film Victoria, KMP Film Invest, Sandman Studios.  Story by Earl Hamner Jr., Screenplay by Susannah Grant, Karey Kirkpatrick, based on the book by E.B. White.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Jordan Kerner.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Rita…

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The Impostors (1998)

STANLEY TUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  First Cold Piece, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Tucci.  Cinematography by Ken Kelsch.  Produced by Elizabeth W. Alexander, Stanley Tucci.  Music by Gary DeMichele.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Juliet Polcsa.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that…

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