The Dig (2021)

SIMON STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 2021. Netflix, Magnolia Mae Films, Clerkenwell Films. Screenplay by Moira Buffini, based on the novel by John Preston. Cinematography by Mike Eley. Produced by Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Murray Ferguson, Gabrielle Tana, Ellie Wood. Music by Stefan Gregory. Production Design by Maria Djurkovic. Costume Design 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…

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The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.   Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Riche-Ludwig Productions, Beagle Pug Films.  Story and Screenplay by Adam Cozad, Craig Brewer,based on the Tarzan stories created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Cinematography by Henry Braham.  Produced by David Barron, Tony Ludwig, Alan Riche, Jerry Weintraub.  Music by Rupert…

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Cinderella (2015)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Allison Shearmur Productions, Beagle Pug Films, Genre Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  USA, 2015.  Screenplay by Chris Weitz.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Martin Walsh.  Academy Awards 2015.  Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2015.  Washington Film Critics Awards…

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Twixt (2011)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA 2011.  American Zoetrope.  Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola.  Cinematography by Mihai Malaimaire Jr..  Produced by Francis Ford Coppola.  Music by Dan Deacon, Osvaldo Golijov. Production Design by Jimmy DiMarcellis.  Costume Design by Marjorie Bowers.  Film Editing by Kevin Bailey, Glen Scantlebury, Robert Schafer.  Toronto International Film Festival 2011.   Francis Ford Coppola dips into the vampire genre with…

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Dorian Gray (2009)

OLIVER PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 2009.  Ealing Studios, Alliance Films, Fragile Films, UK Film Council, Aramid Entertainment Fund, Hindsight Media, Moving Picture Company.  Screenplay by Toby Finlay, based on the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Barnaby Thompson.  Music by Charlie Mole.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by…

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Feast Of July (1995)

CHRISTOPHER MENAUL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Touchstone Pictures, Merchant Ivory Productions, Peregrine Productions.  Screenplay by Christopher Neame, based on the novel by H.E. Bates.  Cinematography by Peter Sova.  Produced by Henry Herbert, Christopher Neame.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Christopher Robilliard.  Costume Design by Phoebe De Gaye.  Film Editing by Chris Wimble.   Monumentally depressing Merchant Ivory drama…

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The New World (2005)

TERRENCE MALICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2005.  New Line Cinema, Sunflower Productions, Sarah Green Film, First Foot Films, The Virginia Company LLC.  Screenplay by Terrence Malick.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Sarah Green.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Jack Fisk.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by Richard Chew, Hank Corwin, Saar Klein, Mark Yoshikawa.  Academy…

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The Truth About Cats And Dogs (1996)

MICHAEL LEHMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Twentieth Century Fox, Noon Attack.  Screenplay by Audrey Wells.  Cinematography by Robert Brinkmann.  Produced by Cari-Esta Albert.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Sharon Seymour.  Costume Design by Bridget Kelly.  Film Editing by Stephen Semel.   Delightful romantic comedy takes the premise of Cyrano De Bergerac and updates it to involve two women…

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Washington Square (1997)

AGNIESZKA HOLLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Alchemy Filmworks, Caravan Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Roger Birnbaum Productions.  Screenplay by Carol Doyle, based on the novel by Henry James.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Julie Bergman Sender, Roger Birnbaum.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Allan Starski.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by David Siegel.   Marvelously costumed,…

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Me And Orson Welles (2008)

RICHARD LINKLATER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/Isle Of Man, 2008.  CinemaNX, Isle of Man Film, Framestore, Hart-Lunsford Pictures, Detour Filmproduction.  Screenplay by Holly Gent Palmo, Vincent Palmo Jr., based on the novel by Robert Kaplow.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Ann Carli, Richard Linklater, Marc Samuelson.  Music by Michael J. McEvoy.  Production Design by Laurence Dorman.  Costume Design by…

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Stage Beauty (2004)

RICHARD EYRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA/Germany, 2004.  Lions Gate Films, Qwerty Films, Tribeca Productions, N1 European Film Produktions GmbH & Co. KG, BBC Films.  Screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on his play Compleat Female Stage Beauty.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Robert De Niro, Hardy Justice, Jane Rosenthal.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by…

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