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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The King (2019)

DAVID MICHOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Hungary/Australia, 2019.  Netflix, Plan B Entertainment, Porchlight Films, Blue-Tongue Films, Pioneer Stilking Films, Yoki.  Screenplay by Joel Edgerton, David Michod.  Cinematography by Adam Arkapaw.   Produced by Joel Edgerton, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, David Michôd, Brad Pitt, Liz Watts.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Fiona…

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Downton Abbey (2019)

MICHAEL ENGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/China, 2019.  Carnival Film & Television, Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures.  Screenplay by Julian Fellowes, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge.  Music by John Lunn.  Production Design by Donal Woods.  Costume Design by Anna Mary Scott…

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The Children Act (2017)

RICHARD EYRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom, 2017.  Toledo Productions, BBC Films, FilmNation Entertainment.  Screenplay by Ian McEwan, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Duncan Kenworthy.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Peter Francis.  Costume Design by Tessa Phillips.  Film Editing by Dan Farrell.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Emma Thompson plays a judge whose cases mostly involve…

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The Awakening (2011)

NICK MURPHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5. United Kingdom, 2011.  StudioCanal, BBC Films, Creative Scotland, Lipsync Productions, Origin Pictures, Eagle Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen Volk, Nick Murphy.  Cinematography by Eduard Grau.  Produced by Sarah Curtis, Julia Stannard, David M. Thompson.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by Jon Henson.  Costume Design by Caroline Harris.  Film Editing by Victoria Boydell.  Toronto International Film Festival 2011….

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My Cousin Rachel (2017)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Free Range Films.  Screenplay by Roger Michell, based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Mike Eley.  Produced by Kevin Loader.  Music by Rael Jones.  Production Design by Alice Normington.  Costume Design by Dinah Collin.  Film Editing by Kristina Hetherington. Orphaned Sam Claflin was raised by his loving, older…

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Cloud Atlas (2012)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI, TOM TYKWER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Germany/USA/Hong Kong/Singapore, 2012.  Cloud Atlas Productions, X-Filme Creative Pool, Anarchos Pictures, A Company Filmproduktionsgesellschaft, ARD Degeto Film, Ascension Pictures, Dreams of Dragon Picture, Five Drops, Media Asia Group.  Written for the screen by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Lilly Wachowski, based on the novel by David Mitchell.  Cinematography by…

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The Heart Of Me

THADDEUS O’SULLIVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany, 2002.  Martin Pope Productions, Arch Enterprises Limited, British Broadcasting Corporation, Isle of Man Film Commission, Isle of Man Film, Pandora Filmproduktion, Take 3 Partnership.  Screenplay by Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel The Echoing Grove by Rosamond Lehmann.  Cinematography by Gyula Pados.  Produced by Martin Pope.  Music by Nicholas Hooper.  Production…

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Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2002.  United Artists Film Corporation, Hart-Sharp Entertainment, Potboiler Productions.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams, John Hart, Jeffrey Sharp.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.  Golden Globe…

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The Iron Lady

BBB (out of 5) A slightly disoriented eighty year-old woman buys milk at a local supermarket and comes home to tell her husband, over breakfast, that the price has gone up and isn’t it appalling? When her housekeeper comes in to check on her, she finds a woman alone, talking to herself, a woman who…

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Sylvia

CHRISTINE JEFFS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   A sad waste of a great opportunity: Gwyneth Paltrow‘s beautiful work as Sylvia Plath, the poet who inspired a half-century of writers to express themselves in the form of confessional poetry, and Daniel Craig‘s solid turn as her unfaithful cipher of a husband Ted Hughes should have…

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Restoration (1995)

MICHAEL HOFFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Avenue Pictures, Miramax, Segue Productions, The Oxford Film Company.  Screenplay by Rupert Walters, based on the novel by Rose Tremain.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Sarah Black, Cary Brokaw, Andy Paterson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.  Academy Awards…

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