Caniba (2017)

LUCIEN CASTAING-TAYLOR, VERENA PARAVEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  France, 2017. Norte Productions. Cinematography by Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel.  Produced by Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, filmmakers of the Sensory Ethnography Lab who previously enchanted us with Leviathan, take their cameras into the home of…

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Custody (2017)

XAVIER LEGRAND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original Title:  Jusqu’à la garde France, 2017.  K.G. Productions, France 3 Cinema, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Canal+, Ciné+, France Televisions, Région Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Haut et Court, Procirep.  Screenplay by Xavier Legrand.  Cinematography by Nathalie Durand.  Produced by Alexandre Gavras.  Music by Thibault Deboaisne.  Production Design…

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The Upside (2017)

NEIL BURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Escape Artists, Lantern Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jon Hartmere, based on the motion picture Intouchables by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Nick Greece, Steve Tisch.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design…

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First Reformed (2017)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA/United Kingdom/Australia, 2017.  Killer Films, Fibonacci Films, Arclight Films, Big Indie Pictures, Omeira Studio Partners.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by Alexander Dynan.  Produced by Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Gary Hamilton, Victoria Hill, David Hinojosa, Frank Murray, Deepak Sikka, Christine Vachon.  Music by Brian Williams.  Production Design by Grace Yun.  Costume Design by Olga…

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Radiance (2017)

NAOMI KAWASE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   Original title:  Hikari Japan/France, 2017.  Comme des Cinémas, Kino Films, Kumie, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Naomi Kawase.  Produced by Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe.  Music by Ibrahim Maalouf.  Film Editing by Tina Baz.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Ayame Misaki is excellent as a woman who has been assigned the…

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The Wife (2017)

BJORN RUNGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/Sweden/USA, 2017.  Tempo Productions Limited, Anonymous Content, Film i Vast, Meta Film, Silver Reel, Spark Film & TV.  Screenplay by Jane Anderson, based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer.  Cinematography by Ulf Brantas.  Produced by Claudia Bluemhuber, Piodor Gustafsson, Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager Sorensen, Piers Tempest.  Music by Jocelyn Pook.  Production Design by Mark…

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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

DAN GILROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Canada/United Arab Emirates/USA, 2017.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Cross Creek Pictures,  Culture China – Image Nation Abu Dhabi Fund, Escape Artists, First Look Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, LStar Capital, MACRO.  Screenplay by Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Todd Black, Jennifer Fox, Denzel Washington.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design…

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The Breadwinner (2017)

NORA TWOMEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 2017.  Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon, Mélusine Productions, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Gaia Entertainment, Gkids, Guru Animation Studio, Jolie Pas Productions.  Screen story by Deborah Ellis, Screenplay by Anita Doron, based on the book by Deborah Ellis.  Produced by Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young.  Music by Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna.  Production…

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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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Foxtrot (2017)

SAMUEL MAOZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France, 2017.  Bord Cadre Films.  Screenplay by Samuel Maoz.  Cinematography by Giora Bejach.  Produced by Marc Baschet, Viola Fugen, Cedomir Kolar, Eitan Mansuri, Michel Merkt, Michael Weber.  Music by Ophir Leibovitch, Amit Poznansky.  Production Design by Arad Sawat.  Costume Design by Hila Bargiel, Laura Sheim.  Film Editing by Arik Leibovitch, Guy Nemesh.  National Board of Review…

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A Fantastic Woman (2017)

SEBASTIAN LELIO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Una Mujer Fantastica  Chile/Germany/Spain/USA, 2017.  Participant Media, Fabula, Komplizen Film, Muchas Gracias, Setembro Cine, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, ARTE.  Screenplay by Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza.  Cinematography by Benjamin Echazarreta.  Produced by Juan de Dios Larrain, Pablo Larrain, Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza.  Music by Nani García, Matthew Herbert.  Production Design by Estefania Larrain.  Costume Design by Muriel…

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On Body And Soul (2017)

ILDIKO ENYEDI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Teströl és lélekröl Hungary, 2017.  Inforg-M&M Film Kft..  Screenplay by Ildikó Enyedi.  Cinematography by Máté Herbai.  Produced by Ernö Mesterházy, András Muhi, Mónika Mécs.  Music by Adam Balazs.  Production Design by Imola Láng.  Costume Design by Judit Sinkovics.  Film Editing by Károly Szalai.  Academy Awards 2017.  European Film Awards 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. A richly photographed…

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