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 Doug…

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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.  Toronto International Film Festival 1989.  Hilarious comedy makes up for its lack of strong plot with…

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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

BBB (out of 5) Writer-director Pen Densham has taken Daniel Defoe’s literary heroine and fashioned his own original story based on her character.  It’s not as disrespectful to the classic as it sounds, but it is a bit skewered an idea for a movie (why not just change the name completely? Why trade off on…

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Calendar Girls

BBBB (out of 5) Immediate comparisons to the other Brits-strip-for-a-good-cause film, The Full Monty, are inevitable, but up close it’s an equally delightful but very different story and experience. Helen Mirren and Julie Walters are outstanding as two women who are very bored with the dull activities they take part in as members of the Women’s Institutions…

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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)

B (out of 5) Years after she originally fell down the rabbit-hole, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is attending a garden party where she sticks out like a sore thumb. She is nineteen but still dresses as a child, is hesitant to consider marriage to an unappealing but very wealthy lord, and argues quite rudely with her…

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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.  Academy Awards 1982.  Golden…

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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

GUY RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures, Wigram Productions, Internationale Filmproduktion Blackbird Dritte.  Screen story by Lionel Wigram, Michael Robert Johnson, Screenplay by Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Simon Kinberg, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Susan Downey, Dan Lin, Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram.  Music by…

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