One Night In Miami (2020)

REGINA KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2020. ABKCO Films, Snoot Entertainment. Screenplay by Kemp Powers, based on his play. Cinematography by Tami Reiker. Produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Page Buckner, Barry Robison. Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Film Editing by Tariq…

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Harriet (2019)

KASI LEMMONS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.    USA, 2019.  Martin Chase Productions, New Balloon, Perfect World Pictures, Stay Gold Features.  Story by Gregory Allen Howard, Screenplay by Gregory Allen Howard, Kasi Lemmons.  Cinematography by John Toll.   Produced by Debra Martin Chase, Gregory Allen Howard, Daniela Taplin Lundberg.   Music by Terence Blanchard.   Production Design…

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Crooklyn (1994)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Child Hood Productions.  Story by Joie Lee, Screenplay by Joie Lee, Spike Lee, Cinqué Lee.  Cinematography by Arthur Jafa.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   New…

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BlackkKlansman (2018)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Blumhouse Productions, Legendary Entertainment, Monkeypaw Productions, Perfect World Pictures, QC Entertainment.  Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth.  Cinematography by Chayse Irvin.  Produced by Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan…

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Bamboozled (2000)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 2000.  New Line Cinema, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.   National Board of Review Awards 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.  …

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The Comedian (2016)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2016.  Cinelou Films, Linson Entertainment, Anvil Films, Mad Riot Entertainment.  Story by Art Linson, Screenplay by Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross, Richard LaGravenese, Lewis Friedman.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Mark Canton, Taylor Hackford, Art Linson, John Linson, Courtney Solomon.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard,…

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‘Til There Was You (1997)

SCOTT WINANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Lakeshore Entertainment, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Winnie Holzman.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Penney Finkelman Cox, Alan Poul, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by Terence Blanchard, Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Craig Stearns.  Costume Design by Enid Harris, Rita Salazar.  Film Editing by Joanna Cappuccilli Lovetti, Richard Marks.   Soulmates Jeanne Tripplehorn and Dylan McDermott are perfect for each other,…

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Barbershop (2002)

TIM STORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2002.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, State Street Pictures, Cube Vision.  Story by Mark Brown, Screenplay by Mark Brown, Don D. Scott, Marshall Todd.  Cinematography by Tom Priestley Jr..  Produced by Mark Brown, Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr..  Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Roger G. Fortune.  Costume Design by Devon Patterson.  Film Editing by John Carter.  Washington Film Critics…

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Cadillac Records (2008)

DARNELL MARTIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2008.  LightWave Entertainment, Parkwood Pictures, Sony Music Film.  Screenplay by Darnell Martin.  Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos.  Produced by Andrew Lack, Sofia Sondervan.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Linda Burton.   Costume Design by Johnetta Boone.   Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.   Golden Globe Awards 2008.  …

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Talk To Me

BBBB (out of 5) Petey Green (Don Cheadle) gets out of the clink where he has been entertaining fellow inmates on the prison’s radio system for years with his deep thoughts and smooth words. As soon as he is out, he and his wild-mouthed girlfriend (Taraji P. Henson) head over to the offices of a…

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Eve’s Bayou

BBBB (out of 5) Stunning Southern Gothic atmosphere is the backbone of this lush family drama about a young girl (Jurnee Smollett) who grows up believing that she is responsible for the death of her father (Samuel L. Jackson). Director Kasi Lemmons (the actress who played Jodie Foster’s roommate in The Silence of the Lambs)…

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Trial By Jury (1994)

HEYWOOD GOULD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1994.   Morgan Creek Entertainment.   Screenplay by Jordan Katz, Heywood Gould.   Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.   Produced by Mark Gordon, James G. Robinson.   Music by Terence Blanchard.   Production Design by David Chapman.   Costume Design by Mary Malin.   Film Editing by Joel Goodman, Thom Noble.    A year after…

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