Woman In Gold (2015)

SIMON CURTIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB United Kingdom, 2015. Origin Pictures, BBC Films. Screenplay by Alexi Kaye Campbell. Cinematography by Ross Emery. Produced by David M. Thompson, Kris Thykier. Music by Martin Phipps, Hans Zimmer. Production Design by Jim Clay. Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor. Film Editing by Peter Lambert. A powerful…

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Downton Abbey (2019)

MICHAEL ENGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/China, 2019.  Carnival Film & Television, Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures.  Screenplay by Julian Fellowes, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge.  Music by John Lunn.  Production Design by Donal Woods.  Costume Design by Anna Mary Scott…

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The Wife (2017)

BJORN RUNGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/Sweden/USA, 2017.  Tempo Productions Limited, Anonymous Content, Film i Vast, Meta Film, Silver Reel, Spark Film & TV.  Screenplay by Jane Anderson, based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer.  Cinematography by Ulf Brantas.  Produced by Claudia Bluemhuber, Piodor Gustafsson, Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager Sorensen, Piers Tempest.  Music by Jocelyn Pook.  Production Design by Mark…

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The Commuter (2018)

JAUME COLLET-SERRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Ombra Films, StudioCanal, The Picture Company.  Story by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi, Screenplay by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi, Ryan Engle.  Cinematography by Paul Cameron.  Produced by Alex Heineman, Andrew Rona.  Music by Roque Baños.   Production Design by Richard Bridgland.  Costume Design by Betsy Heinemann, Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Nicolas De…

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Kick-Ass (2010)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2010.  Marv Films, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, John Romita Jr..  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, Brad Pitt, David Reid, Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Marius De Vries, Ilan Eshkeri, Henry Jackman, John Murphy.  Production Design…

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Ordinary People (1980)

ROBERT REDFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1980.  Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises. Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the novel by Judith Guest.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Ronald L. Schwary.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva, Brook Simons.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Jeff Kanew.   Casting against type is what’s best about…

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The Favor (1994)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Nelson Entertainment.  Screenplay by Sara Parriott, Josann McGibbon.  Cinematography by Tim Suhrstedt.  Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner.    Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by David Chapman.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Harry Keramidas.   A married woman (Harley Jane Kozak) asks her best friend (Elizabeth McGovern) to sleep with her…

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Clash Of The Titans (2010)

LOUIS LETERRIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.5.  USA, 2010.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Thunder Road Pictures, The Zanuck Company, Moving Picture Company.  Screenplay by Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, based on the 1981 screenplay by Beverley Cross.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Kevin De La Noy, Basil Iwanyk.  Music by Ramin Djawadi.  Production Design by Martin Laing.  Costume Design…

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The Bedroom Window (1987)

CURTIS HANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  De Laurentiis Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by Curtis Hanson, based on the novel by Anne Holden.  Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor.  Produced by Martha De Laurentiis, Robert Towne.  Music by Patrick Gleeson, Michael Shrieve.  Production Design by Ron Foreman.  Costume Design by Clifford Capone.  Film Editing by Scott Conrad.   Steve Guttenberg takes his boss’s wife (Isabelle Huppert) home…

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The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)

VOLKER SCHLONDORFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Germany, 1990.  Bioskop Film, Cinecom Entertainment Group, Cinétudes Films, Daniel Wilson Productions, Master Partners, Odyssey.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood.  Cinematography by Igor Luther.  Produced by Daniel Wilson.  Music by Ryûichi Sakamoto.  Production Design by Thomas A. Walsh.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by David Ray.   Margaret Atwood’s…

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Ragtime (1981)

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1981.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Sunley Productions Ltd..  Screenplay by Michael Weller, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow.  Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by John Graysmark.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates, Antony Gibbs, Stanley Warnow.   This Milos…

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King Of The Hill (1993)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1993.  Wildwood Enterprises, Bona Fide Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Soderbergh, based on the memoir by A.E. Hotchner.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Albert Berger, Barbara Maltby, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Steven Soderbergh.   Subtle, beautifully-made Steven Soderbergh drama about two boys who…

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