Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

J.J. ABRAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2019.  Lucasfilm, Bad Robot, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams, Screenplay by Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams, based on characters created by George Lucas.  Cinematography by Dan Mindel.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan.  Music by John Williams. …

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Raise The Titanic (1980)

JERRY JAMESON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   United Kingdom/USA, 1980.  ITC Films.  Screenplay by Adam Kennedy, adaptation by Eric Hughes, based on the novel by Clive Cussler.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by William Frye.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by Robert F. Shugrue, J. Terry Williams. An adventure so dull,…

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Mute Witness (1994)

ANTHONY WALLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany/United Kingdom/USA/Russia, 1994.  Avrora Media, Cobblestone Pictures, Comet Film Produktion GmbH, Meteor, Patoss Films.  Screenplay by Anthony Waller.  Cinematography by Egon Werdin.  Produced by Alexander Buchman, Norbert Soentgen, Anthony Waller.  Music by Wilbert Hirsch.  Production Design by Matthias Kammermeier.  Costume Design by Svetlana Luzanova.  Film Editing by Peter R. Adam.  Toronto International Film Festival 1995.   Terrifying!  Marina…

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The Swan (1956)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Dighton, based on the play A Hattyu by Ferenc Molnar.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning. This mediocre period film is mainly remembered for being Grace…

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Our Man In Havana (1959)

CAROL REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1959.  Kingsmead Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Carol Reed.  Music by Frank Deniz, Laurence Deniz.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Bert Bates.  Golden Globe Awards 1960. In case The Third Man and The End of The Affair have you convinced that…

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Murder By Death

BBBB (out of 5) This film and The Cheap Detective make for a terrific pair of mystery spoofs, both filled with hilarious situations and spot-on imitations of the genres they are parodying. In this one, Agatha Christie’s style of murder mysteries are the target, with crazy old Truman Capote inviting a host of famous sleuths to…

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Scrooge (1970)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1970.  Cinema Center Films, Waterbury Films.  Screenplay by Leslie Bricusse, based on the story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Robert H. Solo.  Music by Leslie Bricusse.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Peter Weatherley.  Academy Awards 1970.  Golden Globe Awards 1970.   Charles…

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The Horse’s Mouth (1958)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1958.  Knightsbridge Films.  Screenplay by Alec Guinness, based on the novel by Joyce Carey.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by John Bryan, Ronald Neame.  Music by Kenneth V. Jones.  Production Design by William C. Andrews.  Costume Design by Julia Squire.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.  Academy Awards 1958.   Alec Guinness is a riot as an independently-spirited…

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Tunes Of Glory (1960)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1960.  Knightsbridge Films.  Screenplay by James Kennaway, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Colin Lesslie.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Wilfred Shingleton. Costume Design by Charles Guerin.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.  Academy Awards 1960. Fantastic British film featuring a squaring off between two pristine actors, in…

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The Ladykillers (1955)

ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1955.  The Rank Organisation, Ealing Studios.  Story and Screenplay by William Rose.  Cinematography by Otto Heller.  Produced by Michael Balcon.  Music by Tristram Cary.  Production Design by Jim Morahan.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.  Academy Awards 1955.   Positively hysterical comedy that makes for one of the very best of the Ealing…

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

IRVIN KERSHNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1980.  Lucasfilm.  Story by George Lucas, Screenplay by Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan.  Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Gary Kurtz.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Norman Reynolds.  Costume Design by John Mollo.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Academy Awards 1980.  Golden Globe Awards 1980. The best of all the Star Wars movies is this rip-roaring…

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A Handful Of Dust

BBB.5 (out of 5) The crumbling away of the aristocracy in 1930s England is the subject of this engrossing drama. Kristin Scott Thomas and James Wilby are excellent as a titled couple whose relationship is strained after her fling with a London boy (Rupert Graves) turns into a full-fledged affair. Add to that a death in the…

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