The Dressmaker (2015)

JOCELYN MOORHOUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia, 2015.  Screen Australia, Film Art Media, White Hot Productions.  Screenplay by Jocelyn Moorhouse, P.J. Hogan, based on the novel by Rosalie Ham.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Sue Maslin.  Music by David Hirschfelder.  Production Design by Roger Ford.  Costume Design by Marion Boyce, Margot Wilson.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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The New Age (1994)

MICHAEL TOLKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Alcor Films, Ixtlan, New Regency Pictures, Wechsler Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Tolkin.  Cinematography by John J. Campbell.  Produced by Keith Addis, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Richard Shissler.  Film Editing by Suzanne Fenn.   Disappointing comedy that reunites Peter Weller and Judy Davis, who previously performed…

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The Eye Of The Storm (2011)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Australia, 2011.  Paper Bark Films Pty. Ltd..  Screenplay by Judy Morris, based on the novel by Patricia White.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Gregory Read, Antony Waddington.  Music by Paul Grabowsky.  Production Design by Melinda Doring.  Costume Design by Alban Farrawell.  Film Editing by Kate Williams.  Toronto International Film Festival 2011.    Geoffrey Rush is an aging actor still…

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The Break-Up (2006)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Mosaic Media Group, Wild West Picture Show Productions.  Story by Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender, Screenplay by Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender.  Cinematography by Eric Alan Edwards. Produced by Scott Stuber, Vince Vaughn.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Andrew Laws.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Dan…

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Georgia (1988)

BEN LEWIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Australia, 1988.  Jethro Films Production.  Story by Mac Gudgeon, Screenplay by Ben Lewin, Joanna Murray-Smith, Bob Weis. Cinematography by Yuri Sokol.  Produced by Bob Weis.  Music by Paul Grabowsky.  Production Design by Jon Dowding.  Costume Design by Aphrodite Kondos.  Film Editing by Edward McQueen-Mason.   Judy Davis is excellent in a double role as…

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Impromptu

BBBB (out of 5) For some, the idea of making up a story that involves great historical figures of the art world might seem like total sacrilege, but in James Lapine’s delightful romantic comedy the experiment is the stuff of movie magic.  Judy Davis is indomitable as author Georges Sand, who vacations with a group of…

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Where Angels Fear To Tread

BBB (out of 5) This film is far from being the best of the adaptations made from E.M. Forster’s novels. After a widowed Englishwoman (Helen Mirren) moves to Italy and marries a man many years her junior, they have a child together and she dies during its birth. After having strongly disapproved of the marriage…

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A Passage To India (1984)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1984.  EMI Films, Home Box Office, Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, New Gold Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Lean, based on the novel by E.M. Forster and the play by Santha Rama Rau.  Cinematography by Ernest Day.  Produced by John Brabourne, Richard B. Goodwin.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John Box, Herbert Westbrook.  Costume Design…

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Blood And Wine (1997)

BOB RAFELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 1997.  Recorded Picture Company, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Marmont Productions, Blood & Wine Productions.  Story by Nick Villiers, Bob Rafelson, Screenplay by Nick Villiers, Alison Cross.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Jeremy Thomas.  Music by Michal Lorenc.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Steven Cohen.   So-so emotional…

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Children Of The Revolution

BB.5 (out of 5) Judy Davis‘s surefire performance will reel in the viewers, but don’t expect to be overly pleased. Despite boasting a great cast of Australia’s finest talents (Davis, Geoffrey Rush, Richard Roxburgh, Rachel Griffiths), this story of Communism gone awry in the land Down Under is a big disappointment. It starts off strong…

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The Ref

BBBB (out of 5) Hysterical comedy that features excellent performances from a great cast. Directed by Ted Demme (Jonathan’s nephew), it stars Denis Leary as a house burglar who breaks into the posh house of an unhappy couple (Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey). Although he succeeds in tying them up and making for the silverware, he…

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Naked Lunch (1991)

DAVID CRONENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada/United Kingdom/Japan, 1991.  Recorded Picture Company, Téléfilm Canada, Ontario Film Development Corporation, Film Trustees Ltd., Pierson, Heldring & Pierson N.V., Nippon Film Development and Finance.  Screenplay by David Cronenberg, based on the novel by William S. Burroughs.  Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Jeremy Thomas.  Music by Ornette Coleman, Howard Shore.  Production Design by…

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