Funny Face (2020)

TIM SUTTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 2020. Yellow Bear Films, Rathaus Films. Screenplay by Tim Sutton. Cinematography by Lucas Gath. Produced by Madeleine Askwith, Alexandra Byer, Andrew Morrison. Music by Phil Mossman. Production Design by Alan Lampert. Costume Design by Lizzie Donelan. Film Editing by Kate Abernathy. Zama (Dela Meskienyar) lives with…

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Happiest Season (2020)

CLEA DuVALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA/Canada, 2020. TriStar Pictures, Entertainment One, Hulu Originals, Temple Hill Entertainment. Story by Clea DuVall, Screenplay by Clea DuVall, Mary Holland. Cinematography by John Gulesarian. Produced by Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner. Music by Amie Doherty. Production Design by Theresa Guleserian. Costume Design by Kathleen Felix-Hager. Film Editing…

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Dark Waters (2019)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.    USA, 2019.  Killer Films, Participant.  Screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Mario Correa, based on the magazine article The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare by Nathaniel Rich.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.   Produced by Pamela Koffler, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Skoll, Christine Vachon.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.   Production…

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The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018)

ALISON REID Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Canada, 2018.  Pursuing Giraffe Adventures.  Screenplay by Alison Reid.  Cinematography by Dale Hildebrand, Iris Ng, Lainie Knox.  Produced by Joanne Jackson, Alison Reid.  Music by Tom Third.  Film Editing by Mark Arcieri, Caroline Christie, Mike Munn. Anne Innis, later Dagg, went to Africa to study giraffes four…

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Sicario (2015)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2015.  Black Label Media, Lionsgate, Thunder Road Pictures.  Screenplay by Taylor Sheridan.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Edward McDonnell, Molly Smith.  Music by Johann Johannsson.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Joe Walker.  Academy Awards 2015.  Cannes Film Festival 2015. National Board of Review…

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Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

JENNIFER YUH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2011.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger.  Produced by Melissa Cobb.  Music by John Powell, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Tang Kheng Heng.  Film Editing by Maryann Brandon, Clare De Chenu.  Academy Awards 2011.    Online Film Critics Awards 2011.   The cuddly martial arts hero who bested all odds returns for another adventure in…

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The First Wives Club (1996)

HUGH WILSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Harling, based on the novel by Olivia Goldsmith.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by John Bloom.   Serious alterations have been made to Olivia Goldsmith’s original novel, but it’s…

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Light Sleeper (1992)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Carolco Pictures, Grain of Sand Productions, Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Linda Reisman.  Music by Michael Been.  Production Design by Richard Hornung.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Kristina Boden.  This excellent drama by Paul Schrader features a marvelous script and excellent performances. It stars…

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Legally Blonde (2001)

ROBERT LUKETIC Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Marc Platt Productions.  Screenplay by Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith, based on the novel by Amanda Brown.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Ric Kidney, Marc Platt.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Missy Stewart.  Costume Design by Sophie De Rakoff.  Film Editing by Anita Brandt Burgoyne, Garth Craven.  Golden Globe Awards 2001.   Reese…

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You Again

ANDY FICKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2010.  Touchstone Pictures, Frontier Pictures.  Screenplay by Moe Jelline.  Cinematography by David Hennings.  Produced by Andy Fickman, John J. Strauss, Eric Tannenbaum.  Music by Nathan Wing.  Production Design by Craig Stearns.  Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell.  Film Editing by Keith Brachmann, David Rennie.   As a teenager, Kristen Bell was awkward and geeky, plagued by acne and hidden behind giant…

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Sleepless In Seattle (1993)

NORA EPHRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1993.  TriStar Pictures.  Story by Jeff Arch, Screenplay by Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, Jeff Arch.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Gary Foster.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend.  Costume Design by Judy L. Raskin.  Film Editing by Robert M. Reitano.   You could hardly do better in the romantic comedy department…

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Exotica (1994)

ATOM EGOYAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Canada, 1994.  Alliance Entertainment, Ego Film Arts, Miramax, Ontario Film Development Corporation, Telefilm Canada.  Screenplay by Atom Egoyan.  Cinematography by Paul Sarossy. Produced by Atom Egoyan, Camelia Frieberg.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Linda Del Rosario, Richard Paris.  Costume Design by Linda Muir.  Film Editing by Susan Shipton.   Atom Egoyan creates an…

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