The Happy Prince (2018)

RUPERT EVERETT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018.  Maze Pictures, Entre Chien et Loup, Palomar, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Robert Fox Limited, BBC Films, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Daryl Prince Productions, Heimatfilm, Raindog Films.  Screenplay by Rupert Everett.  Cinematography by John Conroy.  Produced by Sebastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze.  Music by Gabriel…

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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 by…

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The Riot Club (2014)

LONE SCHERFIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2014.  Film4, HanWay Films, British Film Institute, Universal Pictures International, Pinewood Pictures, Blueprint Pictures.  Screenplay by Laura Wade, based on her play.  Cinematography by Sebastian Blenkov.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin.  Music by Kasper Winding.  Production Design by Alice Normington.  Costume Design by Steven Noble.  Film Editing by Jake Roberts.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Attending Oxford is…

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The Iron Lady

BBB (out of 5) A slightly disoriented eighty year-old woman buys milk at a local supermarket and comes home to tell her husband, over breakfast, that the price has gone up and isn’t it appalling? When her housekeeper comes in to check on her, she finds a woman alone, talking to herself, a woman who…

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A Different Loyalty

BB.5 (out of 5) Marek Kanievska reunites with his Another Country star Rupert Everett but the results are not as potent in this lame thriller. Everett is once again an idealistic Englishman betraying his country when he disappears from his home life with wife Sharon Stone and reappears on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Stone,…

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The Madness Of King George

BBBB (out of 5) King George III (Nigel Hawthorne) is suffering from an unknown ailment that threatens to render him unfit to sit upon the throne of England. This is a huge problem considering that his ambitious son (Rupert Everett) is looking to overthrow him and may now have the perfect opportunity to do so….

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War Horse (2011)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company.  Screenplay by Lee Hall, Richard Curtis, based on the stage play by Nick Stafford, and the novel by Michael Morpurgo.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing…

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Wah-Wah

BBBB (out of 5) Richard E. Grant writes and directs this moving account of his childhood growing up in 1960s Swaziland as it approaches its independence from British influence. Young Ralph is sent into adolescent frenzy when his frosty mother (Miranda Richardson) can no longer take the conflict between herself and his alcoholic father (Gabriel…

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Goya’s Ghosts

B (out of 5) The Spanish Inquisition gets itself in full swing under the direction of feverishly devoted priest Javier Bardem. Among the many goals of this conservative administration are the removal of Jewish life from 18th century Spain and the silencing of artistic protest to the tyrannical rule of the church, particularly in the…

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Maurice

BBB (out of 5) Far from exemplary but solid adaptation of E.M. Forster’s posthumously published novel, about the titular young man (James Wilby) who awakens to his homosexuality while studying at Cambridge. His realization comes to him through the affections of fellow classmate Clive Durham (a debuting Hugh Grant), who later finds himself unable to go…

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A Merry War (Keep The Aspidistra Flying)

BBB.5 (out of 5) George Orwell’s classic novel Keep The Aspidistra Flying has been transformed into this enjoyable period romp, one that stars Richard E. Grant as an advertising copywriter who decides to quit his comfortable job and try out life as a penniless poet. His artist girlfriend (Helena Bonham Carter) doesn’t want to hamper the…

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The English Patient

BBBBB (out of 5) Gorgeous and intelligent adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s more internal novel, perfectly directed by Anthony Minghella and featuring one of the best casts of the year. Originally to be produced by Twentieth Century-Fox, the studio pulled out of the project when Minghella held out for his less bankable casting suggestions (the studio…

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