The Dig (2021)

SIMON STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 2021. Netflix, Magnolia Mae Films, Clerkenwell Films. Screenplay by Moira Buffini, based on the novel by John Preston. Cinematography by Mike Eley. Produced by Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Murray Ferguson, Gabrielle Tana, Ellie Wood. Music by Stefan Gregory. Production Design by Maria Djurkovic. Costume Design by…

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The White Crow (2018)

RALPH FIENNES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/France/Serbia, 2018.  BBC Films, Magnolia Mae Films, Metalwork Pictures, Montebello Productions, Work in Progress.  Screenplay by David Hare, inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh.  Cinematography by Mike Eley.  Produced by Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Ralph Fiennes, François Ivernel, Andrew Levitas, Gabrielle Tana.  Music…

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Philomena (2013)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom/USA/France, 2013.  The Weinstein Company, Yucaipa Films, Pathe, BBC Films, British Film Institute, Canal+, Cine+, Baby Cow Productions, Magnolia Mae Films, Baby Cow Films.  Screenplay by Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Steve Coogan,…

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The Invisible Woman (2013)

RALPH FIENNES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2013.  BBC Films, Headline Pictures, Magnolia Mae Films, Taeoo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Abi Morgan, based on the novel by Claire Tomalin.  Cinematography by Rob Hardy.  Produced by Christian Baute, Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Stewart Mackinnon, Gabrielle Tana.  Music by Ilan Eshkeri.  Production Design by Maria Djurkovic.  Costume Design by Michael O’Connor.  Film Editing by Nicolas Gaster.  Academy Awards…

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Coriolanus

BB (out of 5) One of Shakespeare’s least-known plays is adapted to the big screen by actor/director Ralph Fiennes, playing the Roman general who goes back and forth in popularity with his people to devastating consequences. The Bard’s verse is kept intact but the setting is a modern-day, Hurt Locker-looking Rome where politicians speak into…

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The Duchess

BBB.5 (out of 5) An 18th century daughter of aristocracy (Keira Knightley) knows that the opportunity of a lifetime has fallen into her lap when the Baron Of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes) expresses an interest in her as a wife. Assured that she is everything a woman of her class should be and more, he takes…

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