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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The Little Stranger (2018)

LENNY ABRAHAMSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/France, 2018.  Potboiler Productions, lement Pictures, Anguille Productions,  Canal+, Film4, Ingenious Media, Irish Film Board, Pathe.  Screenplay by Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel by Sarah Waters.  Cinematography by Ole Bratt Birkeland.  Produced by Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan, Ed Guiney.  Music by Stephen Rennicks.  Production Design by Simon Elliott.  Costume Design by Steven Noble.  Film…

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The Breadwinner (2017)

NORA TWOMEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 2017.  Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon, Mélusine Productions, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Gaia Entertainment, Gkids, Guru Animation Studio, Jolie Pas Productions.  Screen story by Deborah Ellis, Screenplay by Anita Doron, based on the book by Deborah Ellis.  Produced by Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young.  Music by Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna.  Production Design…

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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

BHARAT NALLURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Ireland/Canada, 2017.  Mazur/Kaplan Company, The Mob Film Company, Parallel Films, Rhombus Media.  Screenplay by Susan Coyne, based on the book by Les Standiford.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Niv Fichman, Vadim Jean, Robert Mickelson, Susan Mullen, Ian Sharples.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Paki Smith.  Costume Design by Leonie Prendergast.  Film Editing by Stephen O’Connell,…

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Strangerland (2015)

KIM FARRANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Ireland/Australia, 2015.  Worldview Entertainment, Fastnet Films, Dragonfly Pictures.  Story by Fiona Seres, Screenplay by Michael Kinirons, Fiona Seres.  Cinematography by P.J. Dillon.  Produced by Macdara Kelleher, Naomi Wenck.  Music by Keefus Ciancia.  Production Design by Melinda Doring.  Costume Design by Emily Seresin.  Film Editing by Veronika Jenet. A pharmacist (Joseph Fiennes) has moved his family to a…

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The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Ireland/USA, 2017.  Element Pictures, A24, Film4.  Screenplay by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou.  Cinematography by Thimios Bakatakis.  Produced by Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Lowe.  Music by Sarah Giles, Nick Payne.  Production Design by Jade Healy.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.   Colin Farrell plays a cardiac surgeon…

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Jimmy’s Hall (2014)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Ireland/France, 2014.  Sixteen Films, Element Pictures, Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch, British Film Institute, Film4, Irish Film Board.  Screenplay by Paul Laverty, based on the play by Donal O’Kelly.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Rebecca O’Brien.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Fergus Clegg.  Costume Design by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh.  Film Editing by Jonathan…

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Handsome Devil (2016)

JOHN BUTLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Ireland, 2016.  Treasure Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Butler.  Cinematography by Cathal Watters.  Produced by Rebecca O’Flanagan, Robert Walpole.  Music by John McPhillips.  Production Design by Ferdia Murphy.  Costume Design by Kathy Strachan.  Film Editing by John O’Connor.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016.   With his father and stepmother living in Dubai, Ned has been left behind to attend a…

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Dreams of a Life (2011)

CAROL MORLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/Ireland, 2011.  Cannon and Morley Productions, Film4, Soho Moon Pictures, UK Film Council.  Screenplay by Carol Morley.  Cinematography by Mary Farbrother, Lynda Hall.  Produced by Cairo Cannon, James Mitchell.  Music by Barry Adamson.  Production Design by Chris Richmond.  Costume Design by Leonie Prendergast.  Film Editing by Chris Wyatt.   Authorities pounding on the door of Joyce Vincent’s flat were…

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Sing Street (2016)

JOHN CARNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 2016.  Cosmo Films, Distressed Films, FilmNation Entertainment, FilmWave, Likely Story, PalmStar Media.  Screenplay by John Carney.  Cinematography by Yaron Orbach.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, John Carney, Martina Niland.  Music by Becky Bentham.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Tiziana Corvisieri.  Film Editing by Andrew Marcus, Julian Ulrichs.  Golden Globe Awards 2016.   Conor is loaded with…

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Bridget Jones’s Baby

BBBB (out of 5) Fifteen years after she first charmed us, and twelve years after she disappointed us with a sequel, the adorable London singleton is back and, despite not having been in a major film in a while, Renee Zellweger still has all the breezy, perfectly timed appeal that she brought to the role the first time…

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Love & Friendship

BBB.5 (out of 5) Scandalous Kate Beckinsale, an impoverished widow who steals hearts easily with her still youthful beauty, departs from an estate she has been visiting after possibly turning a handsome married man away from his wife.  She goes to the home of her late husband’s brother, from which she intends to orchestrate the marriage between…

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