The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

NIKI CARO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Czech Republic/United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Scion Films, Czech Anglo Productions, LD Entertainment, Rowe / Miller Productions.  Screenplay by Angela Workman, based on the book by Diane Ackerman.  Cinematography by Andrij Parekh.  Produced by Jeff Abberley, Jamie Patricof, Kim Zubick.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Suzie Davies.  Costume Design by Bina Daigeler.  Film Editing by David Coulson. Warsaw’s…

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Alone In Berlin (2016)

VINCENT PEREZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/France/Germany, 2016.  X-Filme Creative Pool, Master Movies, FilmWave, Pathe, Buffalo Films, Alone in Berlin, WS Film, Lipsync Productions, Canal+.  Screenplay by Achim von Borries, Vincent Perez, collaboration with Bettine von Borries, based on the novel by Hans Fallada.  Cinematography by Christophe Beaucarne.  Produced by Stefan Arndt, Christian Grass, Marco Pacchioni, James Schamus,…

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany, 2016.  Marvel Studios, Vita-Ray Dutch Productions, Studio Babelsberg, Marvel Entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, and characters created by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Owen…

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The Fifth Estate (2013)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/India/Belgium, 2013.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Anonymous Content, FBO, Umedia.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh, Luke Harding.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Steve Golin, Michael Sugar.  Music by Carter…

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A Most Wanted Man (2014)

ANTON CORBIJN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/Germany, 2014.  Lionsgate, Film4, Demarest Films, FilmNation Entertainment, Senator Film Produktion, Potboiler Productions, The Ink Factory, Amusement Park Films.  Screenplay by Andrew Bovell, based on the novel by John Le Carre.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Andrea Calderwood, Simon Cornwell, Stephen Cornwell, Gail Egan, Malte Grunert.  Music by Herbert Grönemeyer.  Production Design by Sebastian…

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Rush (2013)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/Germany/United Kingdom, 2013.  Exclusive Media Group, Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Revolution Films, Working Title Films, Double Negative.  Screenplay by Peter Morgan.  Cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle.  Produced by Andrew Eaton, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Peter Morgan, Brian Oliver.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Mark Digby.  Costume Design by Julian Day.  Film Editing by Daniel…

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The Edukators (2004)

HANS WEINGARTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Die Felten Jahren Sind Vorbei Germany/Austria, 2004.  Y3 Film, Coop99 Filmproduktion, Sudwestrundfunk, ARTE.  Screenplay by Katharina Held, Hans Weingartner.  Cinematography by Daniela Knapp, Matthias Schellenberg.  Produced by Sabine Holtgreve, Georg Steinert, Antonin Svoboda, Hans Weingartner.  Music by Andreas Wodraschke.  Production Design by Christian M. Goldbeck.  Costume Design by Silvia Pernegger.  Film Editing by Dirk Oetelshoven, Andreas Wodraschke.  Cannes Film…

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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

PAUL GREENGRASS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2007.  Universal Pictures, Motion Picture BETA Produktionsgesellschaft, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Ludlum Entertainment, KanZaman Services, Peninsula Films, Studio Babelsberg.  Screen Story by Tony Gilroy, Screenplay by Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns, George Nolfi, based on the novel by Robert Ludlum.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall, Paul Sandberg.  Music…

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Ladies In Lavender

BBB.5 (out of 5) Spinster sisters Maggie Smith and Judi Dench live an idyllic existence on the coast of Cornwall while the rest of the world is preparing for war. One day a body washes up on the shore outside their home and, lo and behold, he is still alive. The young man (Daniel Bruhl)…

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Joyeux Noel

CHRISTIAN CARION Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Scottish, French and German soldiers on the front lines of World War I put aside their differences on Christmas Eve and enjoy a day of ceasefire, fraternizing after following the inspiration of an operatic aria sung by the beautiful Diane Kruger, who was visiting her lover that night. The…

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2009.  Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company, A Band Apart, Studio Babelsberg, Visiona Romantica.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.  Academy Awards 2009.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2009.  Cannes Film Festival 2009.  Golden Globe Awards 2009. …

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Good Bye, Lenin!

BBBB (out of 5) Days before the Wall is taken down, an East Berlin schoolteacher who loves her socialist country with great fervour has a heart attack and goes into a coma, missing all the massive changes that capture the world’s attention. When she awakens months later from her deep sleep, her loving son does…

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