The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

JAMES FOLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2018.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by E.L. James.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, E.L. James, Marcus Viscidi.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by David S. Clark, Richard Francis-Bruce, Debra Neil-Fisher.   We all…

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Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

JAMES FOLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/China, 2017.  Perfect World Pictures (Beijing), Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by E.L. James.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, E.L. James, Marcus Viscidi.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce.   You didn’t think she…

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

SAM TAYLOR-JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2015.  Focus Features, Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street Productions.  Screenplay by Kelly Marcel, based on the novel by E.L. James.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, E.L. James.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates, Lisa Gunning, Debra…

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Godzilla (2014)

GARETH EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Japan, 2014.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Disruption Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Toho Company.  Story by David Callaham, Screenplay by Max Borenstein.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Bob Ducsay. With the disappointment of…

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Raising Victor Vargas

BBBB (out of 5) Peter Sollett’s debut feature, based on his short film Five Feet High and Rising, is a heartfelt examination of the life of an inner-city youth and his troubled family. Newcomer Victor Rasuk is excellent as the title character, a misguided young man whose seemingly easy life of hanging with his buddies…

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Che: Part One (2008)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Spain/USA, 2008.  Guerrilla Films, Wild Bunch, Telecinco, Laura Bickford Productions, Morena Films, Ministerio de Cultura.  Screenplay by Peter Buchman, based on the memoir Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Laura Bickford, Benicio Del Toro.  Music by Alberto Iglesias.  Production Design by Antxon Gomez.  Costume Design by…

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