Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

GEORGE C. WOLFE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play by August Wilson. Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler. Produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf. Music by Branford Marsalis. Production Design by Mark Ricker. Costume Design by Ann Roth. Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein. …

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Prisoners (2013)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2013.  Alcon Entertainment, 8:38 Productions, Madhouse Entertainment.  Screenplay by Aaron Guzikowski.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Kira Davis, Broderick Johnson, Adam Kolbrenner, Andrew A. Kosove.  Music by Johann Johannsson.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Joel Cox, Gary…

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Widows (2018)

STEVE McQUEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Regency Enterprises, See-Saw Films, Film4, New Regency Pictures.  Screenplay by Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen, based on the miniseries by Lynda La Plante.  Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt.  Produced by Iain Canning, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Emile Sherman.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing…

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Suicide Squad (2016)

DAVID AYER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 2016.  Atlas Entertainment, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by David Ayer, based on characters created by Bob Kane, John Broome, John Byrne, Gene Colan, Gerry Conway, Paul Dini, Bill Finger, Carmine Infantino, Bruce Timm, Len Wein, Jerry Robinson, Mike W. Barr, Robert Kanigher, John Ostrander, Ross Andru,…

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Fences (2016)

DENZEL WASHINGTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Bron Studios, Escape Artists, MACRO, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by August Wilson, based on his play.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Todd Black, Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Hughes Winborne.  Academy Awards 2016. …

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2013.  Alcon Entertainment, Belle Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment.  Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, based on the novel by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Molly Smith, Erwin Stoff, David Valdes.  Music by Thenewno2.  Production Design by Richard Sherman.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing…

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The Help (2011)

TATE TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/India/United Arab Emirates, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, 1492 Pictures, Harbinger Pictures.  Screenplay by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing…

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The Substance Of Fire (1996)

DANIEL J. SULLIVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Jon Robin Baitz, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Jon Robin Baitz, Randy Finch, Ron Kastner.  Music by Joseph Vitarelli.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Terri Purcell.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.  National Board of Review Awards 1996.Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Sterling drama…

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Doubt (2008)

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2008.  Goodspeed Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on his play.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Mark Roybal, Scott Rudin.  Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 2008.  Golden Globe Awards 2008.  National Board of…

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Eat Pray Love

RYAN MURPHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2010.  Columbia Pictures, Plan B Entertainment. Screenplay by Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salt, based on the book by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Dede Gardner.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by Michael Dennison.  Film Editing by Bradley Buecker.   What happens when an ignorant, self-indulgent American…

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State Of Play (2009)

KEVIN MACDONALD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/United Kingdom/France, 2009.  Universal Pictures, Working Title Films, StudioCanal, Relativity Media, Andell Entertainment.  Screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy, Billy Ray, based on the television series by Paul Abbott.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Andrew Hauptman.  Music by Alex Heffes.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by…

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Knight And Day (2010)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2010.  Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, Pink Machine, Tree Line Film, Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Patrick O’Neill.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Todd Garner, Cathy Konrad, Steve Pink.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Andrew Menzies.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Quincy Z. Gunderson, Michael McCusker. Cameron Diaz is an…

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