The Favourite (2018)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Film4, Waypoint Entertainment.  Screenplay by Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.   Produced by Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday.   Music by William Lyons, Johnnie Burn.  Production Design by Fiona Crombie.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Golden Globe Awards 2018….

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The Little Stranger (2018)

LENNY ABRAHAMSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/France, 2018.  Potboiler Productions, lement Pictures, Anguille Productions,  Canal+, Film4, Ingenious Media, Irish Film Board, Pathe.  Screenplay by Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel by Sarah Waters.  Cinematography by Ole Bratt Birkeland.  Produced by Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan, Ed Guiney.  Music by Stephen Rennicks.  Production Design by Simon Elliott.  Costume Design by Steven Noble.  Film…

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The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Ireland/USA, 2017.  Element Pictures, A24, Film4.  Screenplay by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou.  Cinematography by Thimios Bakatakis.  Produced by Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Lowe.  Music by Sarah Giles, Nick Payne.  Production Design by Jade Healy.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.   Colin Farrell plays a cardiac surgeon…

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Jimmy’s Hall (2014)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Ireland/France, 2014.  Sixteen Films, Element Pictures, Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch, British Film Institute, Film4, Irish Film Board.  Screenplay by Paul Laverty, based on the play by Donal O’Kelly.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Rebecca O’Brien.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Fergus Clegg.  Costume Design by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh.  Film Editing by Jonathan…

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The Lobster (2015)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Italy/United Kingdom/Greece/France/Netherlands/USA, 2015.  Film4, Irish Film Board, Eurimages, Nederlands Fonds voor de Film, Greek Film Center, British Film Institute, Canal+, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Cine+, Element Pictures, Faliro House Productions, Haut et Court, Institut Francais, L’Aide aux Cinemas du Monde, Lemming Film, Limp Films, Ministere des Affaires…

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Room

BBB (out of 5) We are introduced to a mother and son spending their days in a tiny one-room apartment that very quickly reveals a much more horrible truth: she (Brie Larson) was abducted seven years earlier and has been forced to stay in this padlocked cell the entire time, giving birth to her captor’s…

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This Must Be The Place

BB.5 (out of 5) Sean Penn plays an aging Robert Plant-like rock star who has left the business and lives off his riches in a small Irish town with his firefighter wife (Frances McDormand).  He spends days with his few friends, among them a groupie girl and a chatty, womanizing bloke.  Penn’s thin, reedy voice flatly…

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Frank

BB.5 (out of 5) Domhnall Gleeson works a day job and tries to compose songs at night, struggling for inspiration but keeping up the pretense on social media that he is “living the dream”. A random encounter with a touring band gets him much closer to his ambition when the group’s keyboard player is taken to…

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Shadow Dancer

BBB (out of 5) Following a devastating childhood event, Andrea Riseborough is now a mature woman committed to the cause of the IRA.  A failed attempt to bomb a tube station results in her being pulled in by authorities and given the chance by her arresting officer (Clive Owen) to save her own skin:  if she…

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