Career Girls (1997)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Channel Four Films, Thin Man Films, Matrix Films, Channel 4 Television Corporation.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.   Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams.  Music by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Tony Remy.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Film Editing by Robin Sales. Mike Leigh scores a rare misfire with this drab story … More Career Girls (1997)

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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom/West Germany, 1988.  British Film Institute, Channel Four Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Terence Davies.  Cinematography by William Diver, Patrick Duval.  Produced by Jennifer Howarth.  Production Design by Jocelyn James, Miki Van Zwanenberg.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by William Diver.  Toronto International Film Festival 1988. Terence Davies follows three celebrated shorts that touched … More Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

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Carla’s Song (1996)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Spain/Germany, 1996.  Alta Films, Channel Four Films, Degeto Film, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Institute of Culture, Parallax Pictures, Road Movies Dritte Produktionen, Television Espanola, The Glasgow Film Fund, Tornasol Films.  Screenplay by Paul Laverty.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Sally Hibbin.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Martin Johnson.  Costume Design by Daphne Dare, Lena … More Carla’s Song (1996)

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Backbeat

BBBB (out of 5) The early days of the Beatles are definitely a part of their history that isn’t as widely celebrated as their later years of super fame. Here we get a glimpse into their humble beginnings when bass player Stuart Sutcliffe (formerly a painter) was originally with the band, and how his relationship … More Backbeat

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The War Zone

BB (out of 5) An English family leave the bustle of London to live in a quiet, rural home in the countryside. Father (Ray Winstone) does his best to improve the house while his wife (Tilda Swinton) tends to their newborn baby, leaving their daughter to make new friends and their son to be alone … More The War Zone

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The Winter Guest (1997)

ALAN RICKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1997.  Capitol Films, Channel Four Films, Fine Line Features, Pressman-Lipper Productions, Scottish Arts Council Lottery Fund.  Screenplay by Sharman Macdonald, Alan Rickman, based on the play by Sharman Macdonald.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Steve Clark-Hall, Ken Lipper, Edward R. Pressman.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Robin Cameron … More The Winter Guest (1997)

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