The War Zone (1999)

TIM ROTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Italy/United Kingdom, 1999.  Channel Four Films, Fandango, Mikado Film, Portobello Pictures.  Screenplay by Alexander Stuart, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Dixie Linder, Sarah Radclyffe.  Music by Simon Boswell.  Production Design by Michael Carlin.  Costume Design by Mary-Jane Reyner.  Film Editing by Trevor Waite.   European Film Awards 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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Lolita (1997)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1997.  Guild, Lolita Productions, Pathé.  Screenplay by Stephen Schiff, based on the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Julie Monroe.  National Board of Review Awards 1998.   Vladimir…

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This Year’s Love (1999)

DAVID KANE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1999.  Entertainment Film Distributors, Kismet Film Company.  Screenplay by David Kane.  Cinematography by Robert Alazraki.  Produced by Michele Camarda, Simon Scotland.  Music by Simon Boswell.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Sean Barton.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Dull retread of multi-casted romances about a bunch of British singletons…

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About A Boy (2002)

CHRIS WEITZ, PAUL WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/France/Germany, 2002.  Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Tribeca Productions, Working Title Films, Cinema Vehicle Services.  Screenplay by Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, based on the novel by Nick Hornby.  Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Robert De Niro, Brad Epstein, Eric Fellner, Jane Rosenthal.  Music by Badly Drawn Boy.  Production Design…

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From Hell (2001)

ALBERT HUGHES, ALLEN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Twentieth Century Fox, Underworld Entertainment.  Screenplay by Terry Hayes, Rafael Yglesias, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Jane Hamsher, Don Murphy.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Martin Childs.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by George Bowers, Dan Lebental.  Toronto…

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Driving Lessons

BB.5 (out of 5) Young Rupert Grint lives under the thumb of his religiously conservative mother (Laura Linney) and miserable, church minister father (Nicholas Farrell). After deciding to take a summer job, he becomes the personal assistant to a once-famous, now falling-down-drunk has-been actress (Julie Walters). Becoming her friend as well as helper, Grint takes a…

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