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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A Little Chaos (2014)

ALAN RICKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2014.  BBC Films, The Bureau, K. JAM Media, Lionsgate, Lipsync Productions, Potboiler Productions.  Screenplay by Jeremy Brock, Alison Deegan, Alan Rickman.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan, Bertrand Faivre.  Music by Peter Gregson.  Production Design by James Merifield.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film Editing by Nicolas Gaster.  Toronto International…

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Locke (2013)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2013.    IM Global, Shoebox Films.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Paul Webster.  Music by Dickon Hinchliffe.  Costume Design by Nigel Egerton.  Film Editing by Justine Wright.  European Film Awards 2014.   An impressive experiment that pays off, this entire film takes place in the driver’s seat of…

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Love and Death on Long Island (1997)

RICHARD KWIETNIOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Canada, 1997.  Arts Council of England, British Broadcasting Corporation, British Screen Productions, Mikado Film, Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation, Skyline Films, The Sales Company, Téléfilm Canada, imX Communications.  Screenplay by Richard Kwietniowski, based on the novel by Gilbert Adair.  Cinematography by Oliver Curtis.  Produced by Steve Clark-Hall, Christopher Zimmer.  Music by Richard Grassby-Lewis, The…

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Alien 3 (1992)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1992.  Twentieth Century Fox, Brandywine Productions.  Story by Vincent Ward, Screenplay by David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson, based on characters created by Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett.  Cinematography by Alex Thomson.  Produced by Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Norman Reynolds.  Costume Design by David Perry, Bob…

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Henry V (1989)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Renaissance Films, British Broadcasting Corporation, Curzon Film Distributors.  United Kingdom, 1989.  Screenplay by Kenneth Branagh, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Kenneth MacMillan.  Produced by Bruce Sharman.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Tim Harvey.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Michael Bradsell.   Kenneth Branagh rightfully got himself the nickname…

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The Upside Of Anger

BB.5 (out of 5) Imagine if All That Heaven Allows was remade as a contemporary story, with the wealthy housewife being a divorcee instead of a widow and turning to an aging drunk baseball player for comfort instead of a strapping young gardener, and you basically have the bare bones of this film’s plot.  Joan Allen plays…

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