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.  Production…

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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

BBBB (out of 5) The hit Broadway play by Tracy Letts makes its way to the big screen with fully satisfying results.  Meryl Streep lords over the roost of an eccentric (to say the least) Oklahoma family thrown into disarray when her husband (Sam Shepard) walks out of the house and vanishes without a trace.  Almost…

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Straight Talk

BARNET KELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Dolly Parton brings her naturally fresh and fun personality to this unoriginal romantic comedy. She plays an out-of-work small town gal who decides to leave her boyfriend and head for the big city of Chicago. After she accidentally stumbles into a stint taking over as a love doctor on…

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Killer Joe

BBBB (out of 5) William Friedkin follows Bug with another Tracy Letts play that lays the white-trash aesthetic on a bit too thick but is compelling nonetheless. When Emile Hirsch tells dad Thomas Haden Church that his estranged mother is worth plenty in life insurance, they put their lives into the hands of a hired assassin…

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Bug

BB.5 (out of 5) A lonely Oklahoma woman (Ashley Judd) spends her nights working in a bar and her days hiding out in the motel room where she lives. After fellow waitress Lynn Collins brings over a friend (Michael Shannon) for an evening of drinking and drugs, he ends up sticking around, the two of them…

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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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