Maleficent (2014)

ROBERT STROMBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Roth Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Linda Woolverton, based on the motion picture Sleeping Beauty, Story by Erdman Penner, Screenplay by Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta, based on the story Little Briar Rose by Jacob Grimm, and Wilhelm Grimm, and the…

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The Woman In Black (2012)

JAMES WATKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  United Kingdom/Canada/Sweden, 2012.  Cross Creek Pictures, Hammer Films, Alliance Films, UK Film Council, Talisman Productions, Exclusive Media Group, Film i Väst, Filmgate Films, Filmgate.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Susan Hill.  Cinematography by Tim Maurice-Jones.  Produced by Richard Jackson, Simon Oakes, Brian Oliver.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Kave…

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Tumbleweeds (1999)

GAVIN O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 USA, 1999.  Spanky Pictures, Solaris, River One Films.  Story by Angela Shelton, Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor, Angela Shelton.  Cinematography by Dan Stoloff.  Produced by Greg O’Connor.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Bryce Holtshousen.  Costume Design by Mimi Maxmen.  Film Editing by John Gilroy.   Opening the same weekend as Anywhere But Here, this superbly written…

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The King Is Alive (2000)

KRISTIAN LEVRING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Sweden/Denmark/USA, 2000.  Newmarket Capital Group, Good Machine, Zentropa Entertainments, Danmarks Radio, SVT Drama, TV2 Norge, Yleisradio, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Det Danske Filminstitut.  Screenplay by Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas Jensen, with inspiration from the play King Lear by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Jens Schlosser.  Produced by Svend Abrahamsen, Patricia Kruijer, Vibeke Windelov.  Music…

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Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (1992)

PETER KOSMINSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1992.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Anne Devlin, based on the novel by Emily Bronte.Cinematography by Mike Southon.Produced by Mary Selway.  Music by Ryûichi Sakamoto.  Production Design by Brian Morris.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by Tony Lawson.   Emily Bronte’s classic novel comes to life in this hauntingly beautiful adaptation…

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Carrington (1995)

CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/France, 1995.  Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Freeway Films, Cinéa, Orsans Productions, StudioCanal, Euston Films, European Co-production Fund.  Screenplay by Christopher Hampton, based on the book by Michael Holroyd.  Cinematography by Denis Lenoir.  Produced by John McGrath, Ronald Shedlo.  Music by Michael Nyman.  Production Design by Caroline Amies.  Costume Design by Penny Rose.  Film Editing by George Akers.  …

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Songcatcher (2000)

MAGGIE GREENWALD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  ErgoArts, Rigas Entertainment.  Screenplay by Maggie Greenwald.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Richard Miller, Ellen Rigas-Venetis.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Ginger Tougas.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Keith Reamer.   Fascinating story directed by Maggie Greenwald (The Ballad of Little Jo) about a tight-laced musicologist (Janet McTeer) in…

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Velvet Goldmine (1998)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Channel Four Films, Goldwyn Films, Killer Films, Miramax, Newmarket Capital Group, Single Cell Pictures, Zenith Entertainment.  Story by James Lyons, Todd Haynes, Screenplay by Todd Haynes.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Christine Vachon.  Music by Carter Burwell, Craig Wedren.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by…

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Waking The Dead (2000)

KEITH GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Egg Pictures, Gramercy Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Dillon, based on the novel by Scott Spencer.  Cinematography by Tom Richmond.  Produced by Keith Gordon, Stuart Kleinman, Linda Reisman.  Music by Scott Shields, tomandandy.  Production Design by Zoe Sakellaropoulo.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Jeff Wishengrad.  Moody and poetic drama about…

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Albert Nobbs (2011)

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Ireland, 2011.  Mockingbird Pictures, Trillium Productions, Parallel Film Productions, Morrison Films, WestEnd Films, Chrysalis Films, Allen & Associates, Canal+, Irish Film Board, DragonCove Studios.  Screen story by Istvan Szabo, Screenplay by Gabriella Prekop, John Banville, Glenn Close, based on the novella The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs by George…

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Hannah Arendt

BBBB (out of 5) Margarethe von Trotta has made a career of solid and rewarding Great Women In History movies, and this is among the best of them. Barbara Sukowa gives a career-topping performance as the genius writer and philosopher who in 1960 covered the Eichmann trials in Jerusalem for The New Yorker, an assignment…

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Love, Marilyn

BBBBB (out of 5) She became a superstar in 1952 and a decade later was no more. The short life of Marilyn Monroe has had one of the greatest impacts on popular culture of any superstar in Hollywood, fifty years deceased and still a far more famous cinematic icon than some of the biggest stars to…

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