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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Macbeth

BBB.5 (out of 5) Shakespeare’s tale of regal hubris is brought to the screen brimming with powerful images.  Michael Fassbender is excellent as the titular Scottish warrior who is told by three sage women that he will become the invincible ruler of the land.  Emboldened by this prophecy, he and his ambitious wife (Marion Cotillard)…

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Truth

BBB.5 (out of 5) Television reporter Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) has years of experience producing 60 Minutes news segments performed by Dan Rather (Robert Redford, making surprisingly little impact), the two of them red hot after the exposé of Abu Ghraib that scandalized the American military. Three years after 9/11, the Bush administration is determined to…

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