French Exit (2020)

AZAZEL JACOBS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Canada/Ireland/United Kingdom, 2020. Blinder Films, Elevation Pictures, Rocket Science, Saalgo Productions, Screen Siren Pictures, Terminal City Pictures, Telefilm Canada. Screenplay by Patrick DeWitt, based on his book. Cinematography by Tobias Datum. Produced by Trish Dolman, Olivier Glaas, Christine Haebler, Katie Holly, Christina Piovesan, Noah Segal, Mal Ward….

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Little Women (2019)

GRETA GERWIG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.    USA, 2019.  Columbia Pictures, Instinctual VFX, New Regency Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Screenplay by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Yorick Le Saux.  Produced by Denise Di Novi, Amy Pascal, Robin Swicord.  Music by Alexandre Desplat. …

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Ford v Ferrari (2019)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA/France, 2019.  Chernin Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Peter Chernin, James Mangold, Jenno Topping.  Music by Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders.  Production Design by Francois Audouy.  Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi.  Film Editing by Andrew…

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The Post (2017)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB. United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks, Participant Media, Pascal Pictures, Star Thrower Entertainment, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Liz Hannah, Josh Singer.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sarah Broshar, Michael Kahn.  Academy…

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Lady Bird (2017)

GRETA GERWIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2017.  Scott Rudin Productions, Entertainment 360, IAC Films.  Screenplay by Greta Gerwig.  Cinematography by Sam Levy.  Produced by Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Chris Jones.  Costume Design by April Napier.  Film Editing by Nick Houy.  Academy Awards 2017.  AFI Awards 2017.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2017. Dorian…

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Wiener-Dog (2016)

TODD SOLONDZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Annapurna Pictures, Killer Films.  Screenplay by Todd Solondz.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Christine Vachon.  Music by James Lavino.  Production Design by Akin McKenzie.  Costume Design by Amela Baksic.  Film Editing by Kevin Messman. Todd Solondz once again takes a central character on a stroll through a set of discrete narratives, but this…

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The Big Short (2015)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2015.  Plan B Entertainment, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, based on the book by Michael Lewis.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Clayton Hartley.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin.  Academy Awards…

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August: Osage County (2013)

JOHN WELLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2013.  The Weinstein Company, Jean Doumanian Productions, Smokehouse Pictures, Battle Mountain Films, Yucaipa Films.  Screenplay by Tracy Letts, based on his play.  Cinematography by Adriano Goldman.  Produced by George Clooney, Jean Doumanian, Grant Heslov, Steve Traxler.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Cindy Evans.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  The hit…

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Straight Talk (1992)

BARNET KELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1992.  Hollywood Pictures, Sandollar Productions, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1.  Story by Craig Bolotin, Screenplay by Craig Bolotin, Patricia Resnick.  Cinematography by Peter Sova.  Produced by Fred Berner, Robert Chartoff.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend.  Costume Design by Jodie Lynn Tillen.  Film Editing by Michael Tronick.   Dolly Parton brings her naturally fresh and fun personality…

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Killer Joe (2011)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Voltage Pictures, Picture Perfect Corporation, Worldview Entertainment, ANA Media.  Screenplay by Tracy Letts, based on his play.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Nicolas Chartier, Scott Einbinder.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by Franco-Giacomo Carbone.  Costume Design by Peggy A. Schnitzer.  Film Editing by Darrin Navarro.  Independent Spirit Awards 2012.  North Carolina Film Critics…

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Bug (2006)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2006.  Lions Gate Films, L.I.F.T. Production, DMK Mediafonds International, Inferno Distribution.  Screenplay by Tracy Letts, based on his play.  Cinematography by Michael Grady.  Produced by Brian Gerber, Lysa Heslov, Kate Margolis.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Christopher Tandon.  Costume Design by Abigail Nieto.  Film Editing by John Binninger.   A lonely Oklahoma woman (Ashley Judd)…

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Hellcab

BB.5 (out of 5) Alternate title:  Chicago Cab A day in the life of an honest, sensitive and tired Chicago cab driver (Paul Dillon), who has a a bevy of famous faces make cameos as some of his fares, ranging from somewhat odd to totally disturbing without any definite pattern or purpose. This film plays more…

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