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 young…

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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 Roth’s…

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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 Michael…

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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.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016…

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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 Levinson,…

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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.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016.   The financial crisis of 2008 resulted in an eventual…

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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 Berkeley,…

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My Life As A Zucchini (My Life As A Courgette) (Ma Vie De Courgette) (2016)

CLAUDE BARRAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  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 National De La Cinematographie, Indie Sales Company, Indie Invest, Suissimage, Région Rhône-Alpes, Département…

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Graduation (Bacalaureat)

BBBB (out of 5) Just before writing her final exams, Eliza is assaulted on the street by an unseen attacker; her father Romeo, a doctor who deals with his estranged marriage from his unhappy wife by trysting with a younger teacher in secret, is devastated by the event and determined that she get whatever she…

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Paris Can Wait

BB.5 (out of 5) Diane Lane has accompanied movie producer husband Alec Baldwin to the Cannes Film Festival and is now about to fly with him to the location of a film he is producing, but her earache is too painful for her to get on a plane.  They were to fly to Paris after…

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Handsome Devil (2016)

JOHN BUTLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Ireland, 2016.  Treasure Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Butler.  Cinematography by Cathal Watters.  Produced by Rebecca O’Flanagan, Robert Walpole.  Music by John McPhillips.  Production Design by Ferdia Murphy.  Costume Design by Kathy Strachan.  Film Editing by John O’Connor.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016.   With his father and stepmother living in Dubai, Ned has been left behind to attend a…

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Their Finest

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Gemma Arterton rules this tribute to the spirit of British filmmaking and the spirit of Britain itself during World War II.  She plays a newspaper copy editor who is advanced to script doctor when the Ministry of Information is looking to bolster the war effort through cinema but needs women to write…

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