Widows (2018)

STEVE McQUEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Regency Enterprises, See-Saw Films, Film4, New Regency Pictures.  Screenplay by Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen, based on the miniseries by Lynda La Plante.  Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt.  Produced by Iain Canning, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Emile Sherman.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing by…

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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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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

LYNNE RAMSAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/France/USA, 2017.  Why Not Productions, Film4, British Film Institute Production Board.  Screenplay by Lynne Ramsay, based on the book by Jonathan Ames.  Cinematography by Thomas Townend.  Produced by Rosa Attab, Pascal Caucheteux, Rebecca O’Brien, Lynne Ramsay, James Wilson.  usic by Jonny Greenwood.  Production Design by Tim Grimes.  Costume Design by Malgosia Turzanska.  Film Editing by Joe…

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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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Dreams of a Life (2011)

CAROL MORLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/Ireland, 2011.  Cannon and Morley Productions, Film4, Soho Moon Pictures, UK Film Council.  Screenplay by Carol Morley.  Cinematography by Mary Farbrother, Lynda Hall.  Produced by Cairo Cannon, James Mitchell.  Music by Barry Adamson.  Production Design by Chris Richmond.  Costume Design by Leonie Prendergast.  Film Editing by Chris Wyatt.   Authorities pounding on the door of Joyce Vincent’s flat were…

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Free Fire (2016)

BEN WHEATLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/France, 2016.  Film4, Protagonist Pictures, Rook Films.  Screenplay by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley.  Cinematography by Laurie Rose.  Produced by Andrew Starke.  Music by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury.  Production Design by Paki Smith.  Costume Design by Emma Fryer.  Film Editing by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016.   A group of low creatures enter an abandoned…

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American Honey

BBB (out of 5) Andrea Arnold ventures across the ocean for her first exploration of American culture, her focus on the less privileged keeping in line with her previous films about under-served British citizens (Fish Tank) and those enduring the grimy bleakness of working-class Glasgow (Red Road…I don’t want to talk about Wuthering Heights).  Charismatic newcomer Sasha Lane plays an eighteen…

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Our Kind Of Traitor

BBB.5 (out of 5) An English professor (Ewan McGregor) and his lawyer wife (Naomie Harris) are on vacation in Morocco trying to restore the lost passion in their marriage when a late night at a bar puts our hero in the way of a charismatic and shady Russian (Stellan Skarsgård).  They’re friends only briefly before Skarsgard…

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The Spirit of ’45 (2013)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2013.  Fly Film Company, Sixteen Films, Film4, Channel Four, UK Film Council, EM Media, BFI Film Fund, Channel 4.  Screenplay by Ken Loach.  Produced by Rebecca O’Brien, Kate Ogborn, Lisa Marie Russo.  Music by George Fenton.  Film Editing by Jonathan Morris.   This lyrical, robust documentary sees Ken Loach examining the spirit of…

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High-Rise (High Rise) (2015)

BEN WHEATLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Belgium, 2015.  HanWay Films, Film4, British Film Institute, Recorded Picture Company, Northern Ireland Screen, Ingenious Media, Scope Pictures, S Films, Backwell Productions.  Screenplay by Amy Jump, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard.  Cinematography by Laurie Rose.  Produced by Jeremy Thomas.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Mark Tildesley.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film Editing by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley.  Toronto International…

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