Blithe Spirit (2020)

EDWARD HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B United Kingdom, 2020. Fred Films, Powderkeg Pictures, Align, British Lion Films, IPG Media Pty, StudioCanal UK. Screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard, Piers Ashworth, based on the play by Noel Coward. Cinematography by Ed Wild. Produced by Hilary Bevan Jones, Meg Leonard, Martin Metz, Nick Moorcroft, Toni…

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Red Joan (2018)

TREVOR NUNN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2018.  Trademark Films.  Screenplay by Lindsay Shapero.  Cinematography by Zac Nicholson.  Produced by David Parfitt.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Cristina Casali.  Costume Design by Charlotte Walter.  Film Editing by Kristina Hetherington.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018.  Aging widow Joan Stanley (Judi Dench)…

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

MIKE NEWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   United Kingdom/France/USA, 2018.  Amazon Prime Video, Blueprint Pictures, Canal+, Cine@, Mazur/Kaplan Company, StudioCanal.  Screenplay by Don Roos, Kevin Hood, Thomas Bezucha, based on the novel by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows.  Cinematography by Zac Nicholson.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Mitchell Kaplan, Paula Mazur.  Music by Alexandra Harwood.  Production Design by James…

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Pride (2014)

MATTHEW WARCHUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2014.  Pathe, BBC Films, Proud Films, British Film Institute, Canal+, Cine+, Calamity Films.  Screenplay by Stephen Beresford.  Cinematography by Tat Radcliffe. Produced by David Livingstone.  Music by Christopher Nightingale.  Production Design by Simon Bowles.  Costume Design by Charlotte Walter.  Film Editing by Melanie Oliver.  Dorian Awards 2014.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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A Mighty Heart (2007)

MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2007.  Paramount Vantage, Plan B Entertainment, Revolution Films.  Screenplay by John Orloff, based on the book by Marianne Pearl.  Cinematography by Marcel Zyskind.  Produced by Andrew Eaton, Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt.  Music by Harry Escott, Molly Nyman.  Production Design by Mark Digby.  Costume Design by Charlotte Walter.  Film Editing by Peter Christelis.  Golden Globe Awards 2007.  Independent…

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Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story (2005)

MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2005.  BBC Films, Baby Cow Productions, EM Media, East Midlands Media Initiative, Revolution Films, Scion Films.  Screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce, based on the novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne.  Cinematography by Marcel Zyskind.  Produced by Andrew Eaton.  Music by Edward Nogria.  Production Design by John…

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I Capture The Castle

BBBB (out of 5) Lovely coming-of-age drama stars a wonderful Romola Garai as a girl growing up in a drafty, corroding castle with her blocked writer father (Bill Nighy), dangerously bohemian stepmother (Tara Fitzgerald) and superbly oddball siblings. When two immensely rich American brothers arrive in their community and set up shop in a nearby…

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Easy Virtue

BB (out of 5) Brash, modern America meets reserved, stately England in a culture-clash comedy adapted from the play of the same name by Noel Coward. Young and princely Ben Barnes finally returns to the aristocratic homestead of his birth to the delight of his overly involved mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), two quirky sisters and…

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