Beyond The Lights (2014)

GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  Black Entertainment Television, Homegrown Pictures, Relativity Media, Studio 11 Films, Undisputed Cinema.  Screenplay by Gina Prince-Bythewood.  Cinematography by Tami Reiker.  Produced by Stephanie Allain, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Ryan Kavanaugh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Sharon Tomlinson.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Cecilia Montiel, Hannah Purdy Foggin. …

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Song of the Sea (2014)

TOMM MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/Denmark/Belgium/Luxembourg/France, 2014.  Backup Media, Big Farm, Cartoon Saloon, Digital Graphics, Magellan Films, Mélusine Productions, Noerlum Studios, Screen Ireland, Studio 352, Super Productions.  Story by Tomm Moore, Screenplay by Will Collins.   Produced by Claus Toksvig Kjaer, Tomm Moore, Ross Murray, Frederick Villumsen, Paul Young.  Music by Bruno Coulais.  Production…

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

ISAO TAKAHATA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original Title:  Kaguyahime no monogatari Japan, 2013.  Studio Ghibli, Dentsu, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, KDDI Corporation, Mitsubishi, Nippon Television Network, Toho.  Story by Isao Takahata, Screenplay by Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi.  Cinematography by Keisuke Nakamura.  Produced by Yoshiaki Nishimura, Seiichirô Ujiie, Geoffrey Wexler.  Music by Joe Hisaishi.  Production…

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Breathe (2014)

MELANIE LAURENT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Original title:  Respire France, 2014.  Move Movie, Gaumont, Mely Productions, Canal+, Cine@, Sofica Manon 4, Région Languedoc-Roussillon, Centre National De La Cinematographie.  Screenplay by Julien Lambroschini, Mélanie Laurent, based on the novel by Anne-Sophie Brasme.  Cinematography by Arnaud Potier.  Produced by Bruno Levy.  Music by Marc Chouarain.  Production Design by Stanislas Reydellet.  Costume Design by…

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Amour Fou (2014)

JESSICA HAUSNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   Austria/Luxembourg/Germany, 2014.  Coop99 Filmproduktion, Amour Fou Luxembourg, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH.  Screenplay by Jessica Hausner, dramaturgy by Géraldine Bajard.  Cinematography by Martin Gschlacht.  Produced by Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner.  Production Design by Katharina Woppermann.  Costume Design by Tanja Hausner.  Film Editing by Karina Ressler.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.   A soiree among aristocrats in early nineteenth-century…

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My Old Lady (2014)

ISRAEL HOROVITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   United Kingdom/France/USA, 2014.  BBC Films, Cohen Media Group, Deux Chevaux Films, FullDawa Films, Krasnoff / Foster Entertainment, Le Premier Productions, Specialty Films.  Screenplay by Israel Horovitz, based on his play.  Cinematography by Michel Amathieu.  Produced by David-Christophe Barrot, Nitsa Benchetrit, Gary Foster, Rachael Horovitz.  Music by Mark Orton.  Production Design by Pierre-Francois Limbosch.  Costume…

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

MARK HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom/Israel/Australia/USA, 2014.  Fury Productions, RatPac Documentary Films, XYZ Films.  Screenplay by Mark Hartley.  Cinematography by Garry Richards.  Produced by Veronica Fury, James Packer, Brett Ratner.  Music by Jamie Blanks.  Film Editing by Jamie Blanks, Sara Edwards, Mark Hartley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. They’re described as the Weinstein Brothers except without any taste, which should…

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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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Still The Water (2014)

NAOMI KAWASE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Futatsume No Mado France/Japan/Spain, 2014.  Eddie Saeta S.A., Kumie, Xian Longrui Film And TV Culture Media Co..  Screenplay by Naomi Kawase.  Cinematography by Yutaka Yamazaki.  Produced by Takehiko Aoki, Naomi Kawase, Masa Sawada.  Music by Hashiken.  Production Design by Kenji Inoue.  Film Editing by Tina Baz, Naomi Kawase.  Cannes Film Festival 2014.  Toronto International Film…

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The Judge (2014)

DAVID DOBKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2014.  Warner Bros., Big Kid Pictures, Team Downey, Village Roadshow Pictures.  Story by David Dobkin, Nick Schenk, Screenplay by Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by David Dobkin, Susan Downey, David Gambino.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Mark…

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The Look Of Silence (2014)

JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Denmark/Indonesia/Finland/Norway/United Kingdom/Israel/France/USA/Germany/Netherlands, 2014.  Anonymous, Final Cut for Real, Making Movies Oy, Participant Media, Piraya Film A/S, Spring Films. Cinematography by Lars Skree.  Produced by Signe Byrge Sorensen.  Music by Seri Banang, Mana Tahan.   Film Editing by Nils Pagh Andersen.  Academy Awards 2015.   Boston Film Critics Awards 2015.   Gotham Awards 2015.  Independent Spirit Awards…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014)

JULIE TAYMOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Londinium Films, Ealing Studios Entertainment, Ealing Studios.  Play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Lynn Hendee, Ben Latham-Jones.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Es Devlin.  Costume Design by Constance Hoffman.  Film Editing by Barbara Tulliver.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Not a film adaptation but a filmed performance of Julie…

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