Benediction (2021)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB United Kingdom/USA, 2021. EMU Films, BBC Films, British Film Institute, M.Y.R.A. Entertainment, Lipsync Productions, Creative England. Screenplay by Terence Davies. Cinematography by Nicola Daley. Produced by Michael Elliott. Music by Ed Bailie, Abi Leland. Production Design by Andy Harris. Costume Design by Annie Symons. Film Editing by…

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Downton Abbey (2019)

MICHAEL ENGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/China, 2019.  Carnival Film & Television, Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures.  Screenplay by Julian Fellowes, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge.  Music by John Lunn.  Production Design by Donal Woods.  Costume Design by Anna Mary Scott…

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

GARETH EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2016.  Lucasfilm, Allison Shearmur Productions, Black Hangar Studios, Stereo D, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by John Knoll, Gary Whitta, Screenplay by Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy, based on characters created by George Lucas. Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Simon Emanuel, Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by…

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45 Years (2015)

ANDREW HAIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB United Kingdom, 2015.  BFI Film Fund, British Film Institute, The Bureau, Creative England, Film 4, The Match Factory, National Lottery through UK Film Council.  Screenplay by Andrew Haigh, based on the short story In Another Story by David Constantine.  Cinematography by Lol Crawley.  Produced by Tristan Goligher.  Production Design by Sarah Finlay.  Costume Design…

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Arthur (2011)

JASON WINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5. USA, 2011.  Warner Bros., Morra, Brezner, Steinberg and Tenenbaum Entertainment, BenderSpink, K/O Camera Toys, Langley Park Productions.  Story by Steve Gordon, Screenplay by Peter Baynham.  Cinematography by Uta Briesewitz.  Produced by Chris Bender, Larry Brezner, Kevin McCormick, Michael Tadross.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Sarah Knowles.  Costume Design by Juliet Polcsa.  Film Editing by Brent White.  …

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The Tall Guy (1989)

MEL SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1989.  London Weekend Television, Virgin Vision, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Richard Curtis.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Paul Webster.  Music by Peter Brewis.  Production Design by Grant Hicks.  Costume Design by Denise Simmons.  Film Editing by Dan Rae.   Hilarious comedy makes up for its lack of strong plot with some very funny…

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The Luzhin Defence (2000)

MARLEEN GORRIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/France, 2000.  C.R.G. International, Clear Blue Sky Productions, France 2 Cinema, ICE3, Lantia Cinema & Audiovisivi, Magic Media, Renaissance Films.  Screenplay by Peter Berry, based on the novel Zashchita Luzhina by Vladimir Nabokov.  Cinematography by Bernard Lutic.  Produced by Louis Becker, Stephen Evans, Philippe Guez, Caroline Wood.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by…

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Moll Flanders (1996)

PEN DENSHAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Spelling Films, Trilogy Entertainment Group.  Story and Screenplay by Pen Densham, based on the character from the novel by Daniel Defoe.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Pen Densham, Richard Barton Lewis, John Watson.  Music by Mark Mancina.  Production Design by Caroline Hanania.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by James R. Symons, Neil…

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Calendar Girls (2003)

NIGEL COLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2003.   Touchstone Pictures, Harbour Pictures.  Screenplay by Juliette Towhidi, Tim Firth.  Cinematography by Ashley Rowe.  Produced by Nick Barton, Suzanne Mackie.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Martin Childs.  Costume Design by Frances Tempest.  Film Editing by Michael Parker.   Immediate comparisons to the other Brits-strip-for-a-good-cause film, The Full Monty, are inevitable, but up…

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Sweden/United Kingdom/Germany, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Scott Rudin Productions, Yellow Bird, Film Rites, Ground Control.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel Man som Hatar Kvinnor by Stieg Larsson.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.  Produced by Cean Chaffin, Scott Rudin, Soren Staermose, Ole Sondberg.  Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume…

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Alice In Wonderland (2010)

TIM BURTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2010.  Walt Disney Pictures, Roth Films, Team Todd, The Zanuck Company.  Screenplay by Linda Woolverton, based on characters created by Lewis Carroll.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Joe Roth, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Robert Stromberg.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon.  …

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Gandhi (1982)

RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/India, 1982.  International Film Investors, National Film Development Corporation of India, Goldcrest Films International, Indo-British, Indo-British Films.  Screenplay by John Briley.  Cinematography by Ronnie Taylor, Billy Williams.  Produced by Richard Attenborough.  Music by Ravi Shankar.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Bhanu Athaiya, John Mollo.  Film Editing by John Bloom.   Educational, handsomely…

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