Destroyer (2018)

KARYN KUSAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  30West, Automatik.  Screenplay by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.  Cinematography by Julie Kirkwood.  Produced by Fred Berger, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.   Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Kay Lee.  Costume Design by Audrey Fisher.  Film Editing by Plummy Tucker.  Golden Globe Awards 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. A grizzled, self-destructive Los Angeles cop (Nicole…

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

MATT REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Canada/New Zealand, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, River Road Entertainment, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and the novel La Planete des Singes by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Michael Seresin.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design…

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

JORDAN VOGT-ROBERTS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Legendary Entertainment, Tencent Pictures, Warner Bros..  Story by John Gatins, Screenplay by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Stefan Dechant.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by Richard Pearson.  Academy Awards 2017.   Monkey…

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Gold

BB.5 (out of 5) With the recession of the early eighties driving his commodities business into the ground, Matthew McConaughey is looking for the redemption that will get him out of making calls from the bar where his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) slings drinks and back to the glory of the days when his father (Craig…

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

MATT REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Chernin Entertainment, Ingenious Media, Soho VFX, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, from the novel La Planete des Singes by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Michael Seresin.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design…

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War Horse (2011)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company.  Screenplay by Lee Hall, Richard Curtis, based on the stage play by Nick Stafford, and the novel by Michael Morpurgo.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing…

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Alexander

BB.5 (out of 5) Oh thank you, Gladiator, for convincing filmmakers everywhere that anyone can make a sword-and-toga epic worth its weight in millions. In 2004, audiences were first assaulted with the boredom of Troy and are now made to suffer the slightly superior but still ridiculous tedium of Oliver Stone’s epic. It encapsulates, in…

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Cheri (2009)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/France/Germany, 2009.  Bill Kenwright Films, Pathé, UK Film Council, Aramid Entertainment Fund, MMC Studios, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Tiggy Films, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, Banque Populaire Images 9, Région Ile-de-France, Cheri Productions, Pathé Renn Productions, Erste MMC-Production, Centre National de la Cinématographie, National Lottery through UK Film Council.  Screenplay by…

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Match Point (2005)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Luxembourg, 2005.  BBC Films, Thema Production, Jada Productions, Kudu Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Lucy Darwin, Gareth Wiley.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Academy Awards 2005.  Golden Globe Awards 2005.   After a number of unimpressive comedies, Woody…

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