Paddington 2 (2017)

PAUL KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/France/USA, 2017.  StudioCanal, Anton Capital Entertainment, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Canal+, Cine+, Heyday Films, Marmalade Films Ltd..  Screenplay by Paul King, Simon Farnaby, based on Paddington Bear created by Michael Bond.  Cinematography by Erik Wilson.  Produced by David Heyman.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Gary Williamson.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by … More Paddington 2 (2017)

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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 2016.  Qwerty Films, Pathe Pictures International, BBC Films.  Screenplay by Nicholas Martin.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Michael Kuhn, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by Valerio Bonelli.  Academy Awards 2016.  Golden Globe Awards 2016.   Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) was a New York socialite … More Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

GUY RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Warner Bros., RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Wigram Productions, Davis Entertainment.  Story by Jeff Kleeman, David C. Wilson, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Screenplay by Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, based on the television series by Sam Rolfe.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Steve Clark-Hall, John Davis, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design … More The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

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The Rewrite

BBB (out of 5) Hugh Grant plays an Oscar winning screenwriter whose career has seen better days; he hasn’t had a hit since his breakthrough film and now his agent can’t get him arrested in Hollywood, so he agrees to a teaching job on the east coast that will at least tide him over until he … More The Rewrite

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Cloud Atlas

BB.5 (out of 5) A scientist in the late nineteenth century is beset by illness while on an ocean voyage; a composer in England in the 1930s becomes assistant to a cantankerous legend in his field; a reporter in 1970s America investigates the shady dealings of a nuclear power corporation; a struggling publisher in 2012 … More Cloud Atlas

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Rowing With The Wind (Remando Al Viento)

BB.5 (out of 5) Produced in Spain with English actors and dialogue, this is another foray into the private summer shared by Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley when she wrote her perenially famous novel Frankenstein. It also offers glimpses at a very young Hugh Grant (just beginning his film career) and Elizabeth Hurley (before she … More Rowing With The Wind (Remando Al Viento)

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Bridget Jones’s Diary

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Brilliant adaptation of Helen Fielding’s acerbic novel about the day-to-day life of the titular boozing, smoking and somewhat graceless little lass, played with career-topping zeal by Renee Zellweger (who manages her Britishness perfectly). In adapting her novel to the screen, Fielding and two colleagues (which include Four Weddings and a Funeral scribe … More Bridget Jones’s Diary

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