Our Souls At Night (2017)

RITESH BATRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Netflix.  Screenplay by Kent Haruf, Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Finola Dwyer, Robert Redford, Erin Simms.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by John F. Lyons.  Jane Fonda plays a widow who visits her widower neighbour Robert Redford … More Our Souls At Night (2017)

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Their Finest (2016)

LONE SCHERFIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Sweden, 2016.  BBC Films, Welsh Government, Pinewood Pictures, Ingenious Media, HanWay Films, Wildgaze Films, Number 9 Films, Film i Vast, Filmgate Films, Ripken Productions.  Screenplay by Gaby Chiappe, based on the novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans.  Cinematography by Sebastian Blenkov.  Produced by Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Stephen Woolley.  Music by … More Their Finest (2016)

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Brooklyn

BBB.5 (out of 5) Colm Toibin’s novel is adapted by Nick Hornby with pleasing results, starring Saoirse Ronan as the determined young woman who emigrates from Ireland to America in 1952 and does not allow herself to get swallowed up by the gigantic world she encounters. Encouraged to go by her loving older sister and sponsored … More Brooklyn

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Quartet (2012)

BB.5 (out of 5) A retirement home for successful classical musicians is the setting for this comedy adapted from Ronald Harwood’s play, which also marks the directorial debut of actor Dustin Hoffman.  Maggie Smith plays a world-famous opera singer who has decided to enter her dotage, made worse when it turns out that her ex-husband (Tom … More Quartet (2012)

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Backbeat

BBBB (out of 5) The early days of the Beatles are definitely a part of their history that isn’t as widely celebrated as their later years of super fame. Here we get a glimpse into their humble beginnings when bass player Stuart Sutcliffe (formerly a painter) was originally with the band, and how his relationship … More Backbeat

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An Education (2009)

LONE SCHERFIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2009.  BBC Films, Finola Dwyer Productions, Wildgaze Films, Endgame Entertainment, An Education Distribution.  Screenplay by Nick Hornby, based on the memoir by Lynn Barber.  Cinematography by John de Borman.  Produced by Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey.  Music by Paul Englishby.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film Editing by Barney Pilling. Academy Awards … More An Education (2009)

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