American Pastoral (2016)

EWAN McGREGOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Hong Kong/USA, 2016.  Lakeshore Entertainment, TIK Film.  Screenplay by John Romano, based on the novel by Philip Roth.  Cinematography by Martin Ruhe.  Produced by Andre Lamal, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Daniel B. Clancy.  Costume Design by Lindsay McKay.  Film  Editing by Melissa Kent.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016. Philip Roth’s…

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Isle of Dogs (2018)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/Germany, 2018.  American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, Screenplay by Wes Anderson.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Paul Harrod, Adam Stockhausen.  Film Editing by Edward…

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The Shape Of Water (2017)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Canada/USA, 2017.  Bull Productions, Double Dare You, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Story by Guillermo del Toro, Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor.  Cinematography by Dan Laustsen.  Produced by J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.   Production Design by Paul D. Austerberry.  Costume Design by Luis Sequeira.  Film Editing by Sidney Wolinsky.  Academy Awards…

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

LUC BESSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France/China/Belgium/Germany/United Arab Emirates/USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2017.  EuropaCorpm, Fundamental Films, Grive Productions, Gulf Film, Novo Pictures, Orange Studio, River Road Entertainment, TF1 Films Production, Universum Film.  Screenplay by Luc Besson, based on the comic book series Valerian and Laureline by Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mezieres.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Luc Besson, Virginie Besson-Silla.  Music by Alexandre…

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Alone In Berlin

BB (out of 5) After losing their son in battle, a Berlin couple decide that Nazi ideology is not worth believing in if the cost is to be so high.  He (Brendan Gleeson) continues his work as a carpenter and she (Emma Thompson) maintains her position with her league of women, spreading the good word about the Fuhrer around…

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Venus In Fur (La Venus a la Fourrure)

BBBB (out of 5) It is no small feat to make a film with just two people in one room and have it be this captivating, but Roman Polanski has managed it. Emmanuelle Seigner plays a pushy, perpetually chattering actress who enters a theatre and is devastated that she has arrived well after auditions for a…

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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 2016.  Qwerty Films, Pathe Pictures International, BBC Films.  Screenplay by Nicholas Martin.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Michael Kuhn, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by Valerio Bonelli.  Academy Awards 2016.  Golden Globe Awards 2016.   Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) was a New York socialite…

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Tale Of Tales (Il Racconto Dei Racconti)

BB.5 (out of 5) Matteo Garrone turns away from the harsh contemporary realities of his recent films and applies his dark style to an adaptation of three fairy tales by seventeenth century storyteller Giambattista Basile. Salma Hayek is a queen who will do anything to have a child and must deal with the consequences of her determination, two aged sisters…

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The Danish Girl

BB.5 (out of 5) Einar (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda (Alicia Vikander) live happily as husband and wife in 1920s Copenhagen, both painters though she lives under the shadow of her more celebrated and respected spouse. Gerda uses Einar as a model when the girl she usually employs is unavailable, creating a whimsical joke that goes the…

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Zulu (2013)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Cape Town police officers Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom are on the case of a girl who has been beaten to death, an investigation that takes them deep into a rabbit hole of crime and conspiracy. A third member of their team is viciously attacked, while the girl’s murder is linked to a…

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Unbroken (2014)

ANGELINA JOLIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2014.  3 Arts Entertainment, Jolie Pas, Legendary Entertainment.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson, based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Matthew Baer, Angelina Jolie, Erwin Stoff, Clayton Townsend.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by…

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The Imitation Game

BBBBB (out of 5) A police officer in 1950s London investigates the robbery of the laboratory of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is not dismayed at the event and insists that nothing has been taken. The cop is suspicious of the calm this man shows and pokes his nose in a little further, believing it…

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