Blithe Spirit (2020)

EDWARD HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B United Kingdom, 2020. Fred Films, Powderkeg Pictures, Align, British Lion Films, IPG Media Pty, StudioCanal UK. Screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard, Piers Ashworth, based on the play by Noel Coward. Cinematography by Ed Wild. Produced by Hilary Bevan Jones, Meg Leonard, Martin Metz, Nick Moorcroft, Toni…

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Wetherby (1985)

DAVID HARE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1985.  Film Four International, Greenpoint Films, Zenith Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Hare. Cinematography by Stuart Harris.   Produced by Simon Relph.  Music by Nick Bicât.  Production Design by Hayden Griffin.  Costume Design by Jane Greenwood, Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Chris Wimble.  Boston Film Critics Awards…

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Cats (2019)

TOM HOOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2019.  Working Title Films, Amblin Entertainment, Perfect World Pictures, Monumental Pictures, The Really Useful Group.  Screenplay by Lee Hall, Tom Hooper, based on the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the poetry collection Old Possum’s Books Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.  Cinematography by Christopher…

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Nothing Like A Dame (2018)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Alternate title:  Tea With the Dames United Kingdom, 2018.  Field Day Films, Kew Media Group, The Dames Production.  Cinematography by Eben Bolter.  Produced by Karen Steyn.  Film Editing by Mark Bell, Joanna Crickmay.  Four of the greatest actors to ever appear on a stage or screen are…

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All Is True (2018)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2018.  TKBC.  Screenplay by Ben Elton.   Cinematography by Zac Nicholson. Produced by Kenneth Branagh, Ted Gagliano, Tamar Thomas.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by James Merifield.  Costume Design by Michael O’Connor.  Film Editing by Úna Ní Dhonghaíle. Following the burning down of the Globe…

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Red Joan (2018)

TREVOR NUNN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2018.  Trademark Films.  Screenplay by Lindsay Shapero.  Cinematography by Zac Nicholson.  Produced by David Parfitt.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Cristina Casali.  Costume Design by Charlotte Walter.  Film Editing by Kristina Hetherington.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018.  Aging widow Joan Stanley (Judi Dench)…

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Twentieth Century Fox, Genre Films, Kinberg Genre, The Mark Gordon Company, Scott Free Productions, Latina Pictures, The Estate of Agatha Christie.  Malta/USA, 2017.  Screenplay by Michael Green, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Kenneth Branagh, Mark Gordon, Judy Hofflund, Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott.  Music by Patrick…

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Victoria and Abdul (2017)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017.   BBC Films, Cross Street Films, Perfect World Pictures, Working Title Films.   Screenplay by Lee Hall, based on the book by Shrabani Basu.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing…

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2015.  Babieka, Blueprint Pictures.  Screenplay by Ol Parker.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Martin Childs.  Costume Design by Riyaz Ali Merchant.  Film Editing by Victoria Boydell The surprise runaway box office success of the first film draws the entire cast back to India for…

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Tea With Mussolini (1999)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy/United Kingdom, 1999.  Cattleya, Cineritmo, Medusa Film, Film and General Productions.  Screenplay by John Mortimer, based on the autobiography by Franco Zeffirelli.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Clive Parsons, Riccardo Tozzi, Giovannella Zannoni.  Music by Stefano Arnaldi, Alessio Vlad.  Production Design by Carlo Centolavigna, Biagio Fersini, Fiorella Mariani.  Costume Design by Anna Anni, Jenny…

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Pride & Prejudice (2005)

JOE WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom, 2005.  Focus Features, Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Scion Films.  Screenplay by Deborah Moggach, based on the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Roman Osin.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner,Paul Webster.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Paul Tothill.  Academy Awards 2005.  Boston Film Critics…

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Chronicles Of Riddick (2004)

DAVID TWOHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2004.  Universal Pictures, Radar Pictures, One Race Productions, Primal Foe Productions.  Screenplay by David Twohy, based on characters created by Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat.  Cinematography by Hugh Johnson.  Produced by Vin Diesel, Scott Kroopf.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Holger Gross.  Costume Design by Michael Dennison, Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Martin…

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