The Happy Prince (2018)

RUPERT EVERETT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018.  Maze Pictures, Entre Chien et Loup, Palomar, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Robert Fox Limited, BBC Films, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Daryl Prince Productions, Heimatfilm, Raindog Films.  Screenplay by Rupert Everett.  Cinematography by John Conroy.  Produced by Sebastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze.  Music by Gabriel…

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My Old Lady (2014)

ISRAEL HOROVITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  United Kingdom/France/USA, 2014.  BBC Films, Cohen Media Group, Deux Chevaux Films, FullDawa Films, Krasnoff / Foster Entertainment, Le Premier Productions, Specialty Films.  Screenplay by Israel Horovitz, based on his play.  Cinematography by Michel Amathieu.  Produced by David-Christophe Barrot, Nitsa Benchetrit, Gary Foster, Rachael Horovitz.  Music by Mark Orton.  Production Design by Pierre-Francois Limbosch.  Costume Design…

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Victoria and Abdul (2017)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.   BBC Films, Cross Street Films, Perfect World Pictures, Working Title Films.   Screenplay by Lee Hall, based on the book by Shrabani Basu.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by…

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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 minors…

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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.   With…

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Their Finest (2016)

LONE SCHERFIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Sweden, 2016.  BBC Films, Welsh Government, Pinewood Pictures, Ingenious Media, HanWay Films, Wildgaze Films, Number 9 Films, Film i Vast, Filmgate Films, Ripken Productions.  Screenplay by Gaby Chiappe, based on the novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans.  Cinematography by Sebastian Blenkov.  Produced by Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Stephen Woolley.  Music by…

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I, Daniel Blake (2016)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/France/Belgium, 2016.  Sixteen Films, Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch, British Film Institute, BBC Films, Les Films Du Fleuve, France 2 Cinema, Canal+, France Televisions, Le Pacte, Cineart, Cine+, VOO, BeTV.  Screenplay by Paul Laverty.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Rebecca O’Brien.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Fergus Clegg, Linda Wilson.  Costume Design by Jo…

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A Little Chaos

BB.5 (out of 5) Louis XIV (Alan Rickman, who also directed) is moving his court to Versailles to appease France’s nervous aristocracy, turning the former hunting lodge into a glorious palace with a number of building projects including one he commissions of his designer Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts).  Unable to complete the project himself, Le…

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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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The Lady In The Van

BBBB (out of 5) Having newly found his footing as a playwright on the London stage, Alan Bennett (portrayed with effortless delight by Alex Jennings) moves into a fashionable house in Camden and immediately discovers once of its dubious charms: an elderly, not perpetually stable woman (Maggie Smith) who is rank in odor and often in…

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Brooklyn

BBB.5 (out of 5) Colm Toibin’s novel is adapted by Nick Hornby with pleasing results, starring Saoirse Ronan as the determined young woman who emigrates from Ireland to America in 1952 and does not allow herself to get swallowed up by the gigantic world she encounters. Encouraged to go by her loving older sister and sponsored…

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Glorious 39

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A young boy approaches two elderly gentlemen and announces that he is distantly related to them and has questions about the past. He wants to know about a distant aunt and her disappearance during the Second World War, which leads the two men (Christopher Lee and Corin Redgrave in his final film) to…

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