A Monster Calls (2016)

J.A. BAYONA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom/Spain/USA, 2016.  Participant, River Road Entertainment, A Monster Calls, Apaches Entertainment, Películas la Trini.   Screenplay by Patrick Ness, based on his novel from an idea by Siobhan Dowd.   Cinematography by Oscar Faura.   Produced by Belen Atienza.    Music by Fernando Velazquez.   Production Design by Eugenio Caballero. …

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Nocturama (2016)

BERTRAND BONELLO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  France/Germany/Belgium, 2016.  Rectangle Productions, Wild Bunch, Pandora Filmproduktion, Arte France Cinema, WDR / Arte, Scope Pictures, My New Picture, Canal+, Cine+, ARTE, Eurimages, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Filmforderungsanstalt, La Région Île-de-France, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, SofiTVCiné 3, Cinémage 10, Cofinova 12, Palatine Étoile…

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The Unknown Girl (2016)

JEAN-PIERRE DARDENNE, LUC DARDENNE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  La fille inconnue Belgium/France, 2016.  Les Films Du Fleuve, Archipel 35, Savage Film, France 2 Cinema, VOO, BE TV, Radio Television Belge Francophone, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Eurimages, Canal+, Cine@, France Televisions, La Wallonie, Le…

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Personal Shopper (2016)

OLIVIER ASSAYAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France/Germany/Czech Republic/Belgium, 2016.  CG Cinéma, Vortex Sutra, Sirena Film, Detailfilm, Arte France Cinema, ARTE, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Arte France, Canal+, Cine@, SCOPE Invest.  Screenplay by Olivier Assayas.  Cinematography by Yorick Le Saux.  Produced by Charles Gillibert.  Production Design by François-Renaud Labarthe.  Costume Design by Jürgen Doering.  Film Editing…

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Hermia & Helena (2016)

MATIAS PINEIRO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   Argentina/USA, 2016.  Trapecio Cine, Ravenser Odd, Cinema Conservancy.  Screenplay by Matías Piñeiro.  Cinematography by Fernando Lockett.  Produced by Andrew Adair, Jake Perlin, Melanie Schapiro, Graham Swon.   Film Editing by Sebastián Schjaer.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016.   The curious and clever mind of Matias Pineiro creates a short and whimsical film about a…

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American Pastoral (2016)

EWAN McGREGOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   Hong Kong/USA, 2016.  Lakeshore Entertainment, TIK Film.  Screenplay by John Romano, based on the novel by Philip Roth.  Cinematography by Martin Ruhe.  Produced by Andre Lamal, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Daniel B. Clancy.  Costume Design by Lindsay McKay.  Film  Editing by Melissa Kent.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016. Philip…

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The Birth Of A Nation (2016)

NATE PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA/Canada, 2016.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Follow Through Productions, Hit 55 Ventures, Infinity United Entertainment, Juniper Productions, Mandalay Pictures, Novofam Productions, Oster Media, Phantom Four, Point Made Films, Tiny Giant Entertainment.  Story by Nate Parker, Jean McGianni Celestin, Screenplay by Nate Parker.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Jason…

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The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

KELLY FREMON CRAIG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA/China, 2016.  Gracie Films, Huayi Brothers Media, Robert Simonds Productions, STX Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kelly Fremon Craig.  Cinematography by Doug Emmett.  Produced by Julie Ansell, James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai.  Music by Atli Orvarsson.  Production Design by William Arnold.  Costume Design by Carla Hetland.  Film Editing by Tracey Wadmore-Smith.  Golden Globe Awards 2016. New York Film…

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Deepwater Horizon (2016)

PETER BERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Hong Kong/USA, 2016.  Summit Entertainment, Participant Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment, TIK Film.  Screen Story by Matthew Sand, Screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand, based on the article by David Barstow, David Rohde, Stephanie Saul.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Stephen…

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

STEVE JAMES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2016.  Blue Ice Films, Kartemquin Films, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures.  Cinematography by Tom Bergmann.  Produced by Julie Goldman, Mark Mitten.  Music by Joshua Abrams.  Production Design by Christine Cornell, Matthew Taylor.  Film Editing by John Farbrother, David E. Simpson.  Academy Awards 2017.  National Board of Review Awards 2017. North Carolina Film Critics Awards…

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Frantz (2016)

FRANCOIS OZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.   France/Germany, 2016.  Mandarin Films, X-Filme Creative Pool, FOZ, Mars Films, France 2 Cinema, Films Distribution, Universal Pictures International, Canal+, Cine@, France Televisions, Sofica Manon 6, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Deutscher Filmforderfonds, Filmforderungsanstalt, Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung, FD Production.  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, in collaboration with Philippe Piazzo, based on the movie Broken Lullaby by Ernst Lubitsch, Reginald…

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My Life As A Zucchini (2016)

CLAUDE BARRAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Ma Vie De Courgette Alternate title:  My Life As A Courgette Switzerland/France, 2016.  Rita Productions, Blue Spirit Animation, Gébéka Films, KNM, Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR Idee Suisse, Rhone-Alpes Cinema, France 3 Cinema, Hélium Films, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Cinéforom, Loterie Suisse Romande, Eurimages, Canal+, France Televisions, Cine+, Centre…

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