500 Days Of Summer (2009)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Watermark, Dune Entertainment III.  Screenplay by Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber.  Cinematography by Eric Steelberg.  Produced by Mason Novick, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Steven J. Wolfe.  Music by Mychael Danna, Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by Laura Fox.  Costume Design by Hope Hanafin.  Film Editing by Alan Edward Bell.  Golden Globe Awards 2009.  Independent…

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The Young Victoria (2009)

JEAN-MARC VALLEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2009.  GK Films.  Screenplay by Julian Fellowes.  Cinematography by Hagen Bogdanski.  Produced by Sarah Ferguson, Tim Headington, Graham King, Martin Scorsese.  Music by Ilan Eshkeri.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock, Matt Garner.  Academy Awards 2009.  Golden Globe Awards 2009. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2009.   Toronto International Film Festival 2009. …

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Coraline (2009)

HENRY SELICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Focus Features, Laika Entertainment, Pandemonium.  Screenplay by Henry Selick, based on the book by Neil Gaiman. Cinematography by Pete Kozachik.  Produced by Claire Jennings, Bill Mechanic, Mary Sandell, Henry Selick.  Music by Bruno Coulais.  Production Design by Henry Selick.  Film Editing by Christopher Murrie, Ronald Saunders.  Academy Awards 2009.  American Film Institute 2009.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Cove

LOUIS PSIHOYOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2009.   Diamond Docs, Fish Films, Oceanic Preservation Society, Participant Media, Quickfire Films.    Screenplay by Mark Monroe.  Cinematography by Brook Aitken.  Produced by Paula DuPré Pesmen, Fisher Stevens.  Music by J. Ralph.   Film Editing by Geoffrey Richman.  Academy Awards 2009.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2009.  National Board of Review Awards 2009. Online Film Critics Awards…

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The Messenger

OREN MOVERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Oscilloscope, Omnilab Media, Sherazade Film Development, BZ Entertainment, The Mark Gordon Company, Good Worldwide. Screenplay by Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, Zach Miller.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Catherine George.  Film Editing by Alex Hall.  Academy Awards 2009.  American…

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Food, Inc.

BBBB (out of 5) Images of cows standing in their own manure, beakless chickens in massive barns or immense fields of genetically engineered vegetable crops will have you never wanting to eat again after you see this hard-hitting documentary. It takes apart the mythical image of quaint country farming that is jingoistically invoked on the…

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Where The Wild Things Are

SPIKE JONZE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Germany, 2009.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Playtone, Wild Things Productions.  Screenplay by Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers, based on the book by Maurice Sendak.  Cinematography by Lance Acord.  Produced by John B. Carls, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks,Vincent Landay, Maurice Sendak.  Music by Carter Burwell, Karen O.  Production Design by K.K. Barrett.  Costume Design…

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The Road

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Following an unnamed, unspecified apocalypse, human kind has been reduced to a minimum number on the planet, and those that have survived live like savages.  The shortage of food has turned some people into cannibals, and nowhere in the land is safe as human fear and paranoia has completely taken over…

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Me And Orson Welles (2008)

RICHARD LINKLATER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/Isle Of Man, 2008.  CinemaNX, Isle of Man Film, Framestore, Hart-Lunsford Pictures, Detour Filmproduction.  Screenplay by Holly Gent Palmo, Vincent Palmo Jr., based on the novel by Robert Kaplow.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Ann Carli, Richard Linklater, Marc Samuelson.  Music by Michael J. McEvoy.  Production Design by Laurence Dorman.  Costume Design by…

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The Blind Side

BBB (out of 5) Sandra Bullock  shines so bright in this film that its shortcomings are wholly forgiveable. It tells the true story of Michael Oher, at the beginning of the film a shy young black man with no home or family who is sent to an upscale Christian school in Memphis. There he catches…

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Nine (2009)

ROB MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA/Italy, 2009.  The Weinstein Company, Relativity Media, Marc Platt Productions, Lucamar Productions, Jac Film and Television, Guido Contini Films.  Screenplay by Michael Tolkin, Anthony Minghella, based on the Broadway musical by Arthur Kopit, Maury Yeston, Mario Fratti.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, Harvey…

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A Single Man (2009)

TOM FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2009.  Fade To Black Productions, Depth of Field, Artina Films.  Screenplay by Tom Ford, David Scearce, based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood.  Cinematography by Eduard Grau.  Produced by Tom Ford, Andrew Miano, Robert Salerno, Chris Weitz.  Music by Abel Korzeniowski.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Joan Sobel.  Academy Awards…

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