Cruella (2021)

CRAIG GILLESPIE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA/United Kingdom, 2021. Walt Disney Pictures, Marc Platt Productions, Gunn Films. Story by Aline Brosh McKenna, Kelly Marcel, Steve Zissis, Screenplay by Dana Fox, Tony McNamara, based on the novel One Hundred And One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. Cinematography by Nicolas Karakatsanis. Produced by Kristin Burr, Andrew…

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Missing Link (2019)

CHRIS BUTLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Canada/USA, 2019.  Laika Entertainment, Digital One, Entertainment One.   Screenplay by Chris Butler.  Cinematography by Chris Peterson.  Produced by Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Nelson Lowry.  Costume Design by Deborah Cook.  Film Editing by Stephen Perkins.   This delightful animated feature stars Hugh…

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Last Christmas (2019)

PAUL FEIG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2019.  Calamity Films, Feigco Entertainment, Perfect World Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Story by Emma Thompson, Greg Wise, Screenplay by Emma Thompson, Bryony Kimmings.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Erik Baiers, Jessie Henderson, David Livingstone, Emma Thompson.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Gary Freeman. …

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Late Night (2019)

NISHA GANATRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2019.  3 Arts Entertainment, 30West, FilmNation Entertainment, Imperative Entertainment, Kaling International, Stage 6 Films.  Screenplay by Mindy Kaling.  Cinematography by Matthew Clark.  Produced by Jillian Apfelbaum, Ben Browning, Mindy Kaling, Howard Klein.  Music by Lesley Barber.  Production Design by Elizabeth J. Jones.  Costume Design by Mitchell…

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) (2017)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2017.  Gilded Halfwing, IAC Films, Netflix.   Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.   Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Noah Baumbach, Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Gerald Sullivan.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lame.  Comedic drama that provides something of a follow-up to The…

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The Children Act (2017)

RICHARD EYRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom, 2017.  Toledo Productions, BBC Films, FilmNation Entertainment.  Screenplay by Ian McEwan, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Duncan Kenworthy.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Peter Francis.  Costume Design by Tessa Phillips.  Film Editing by Dan Farrell.   Emma Thompson plays a judge whose cases mostly involve minors and who frequently…

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Beauty And The Beast (2017)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 2017.  Mandeville Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, Evan Spiliotopoulos, based on the story by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, and the 1991 screenplay by Linda Woolverton.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman.  Music by Alan Menken.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing…

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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…

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Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

SHARON MAGUIRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/France/USA, 2016.  Miramax, Perfect World Pictures, StudioCanal, Universal Pictures, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer, Emma Thompson, based on characters created by Helen Fielding.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward.  Music by Craig Armstrong.  Production Design by John Paul Kelly.  Costume Design by Steven Noble.  Film Editing…

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Barney Thomson (2015)

ROBERT CARLYLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  Alternate title:  The Legend of Barney Thomson Canada/United Kingdom, 2015.  Trinity Works Entertainment, Sigma Films, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program, Creative Scotland, Icon Film Distribution, Movie Central, The Movie Network, Myriad Pictures, Province of British Columbia, Telefilm Canada, Westerkick Capital.  Screenplay by Richard Cowan, Colin McLaren, based…

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2013.  Alcon Entertainment, Belle Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment.  Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, based on the novel by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Molly Smith, Erwin Stoff, David Valdes.  Music by Thenewno2.  Production Design by Richard Sherman.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing…

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Effie Gray (2014)

RICHARD LAXTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 2014.  Sovereign Films.  Screenplay by Emma Thompson.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Andreas Roald, Donald Rosenfeld.  Music by Paul Cantelon.  Production Design by James Merifield.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Kate Williams. Euphemia Gray (Dakota Fanning) first met art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) when she was twelve, when he…

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