The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, segment All Gold Canyon based on a story by Jack London, segment The Gal Who Got Rattled inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,…

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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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Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

JAMES GUNN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Marvel Studios, Marvel Enterprises, Moving Picture Company.  Screenplay by James Gunn, Nicole Perlman, based on the comic book by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by Charles Wood.  Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne.  Film Editing by Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne, Craig Wood.  Academy Awards 2014.    Those…

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12 Years A Slave

BBBB (out of 5) A rarely told tale is that of Solomon Northup, a free musician from Saratoga who was hired by two men for a performance gig and then drugged and sold into captivity in the American south, his name changed and his identity wiped out to prevent him getting back to his own…

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Unhook The Stars

BBB (out of 5) Gena Rowlands is excellent as a lonely, aging widow who is having trouble keeping her misfit daughter (Moira Kelly) out of trouble. Marisa Tomei is equally effective as a loudmouthed, messed up mother of a little boy (Jake Lloyd, pre-Star Wars fame) who befriends Rowlands after asking her to be a…

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