Phantom Thread (2017)

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2017.  Annapurna Pictures, Focus Features, Ghoulardi Film Company, Perfect World Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Cinematography by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar.  Music by Jonny Greenwood.  Production Design by Mark Tildesley.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards … More Phantom Thread (2017)

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Mr. Turner

BBBBB (out of 5) The life and work of J.M.W. Turner are visited in this impressionistic exercise in brilliance by Mike Leigh, here making yet another unforgettably perfect film.  It also marks a return to the Victorian era following his masterful Topsy-Turvy, but where that film was much more concerned with a precise recreation of … More Mr. Turner

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Maleficent

BB.5 (out of 5) In an effort to present young female viewers with more than the unimaginative binary feminine personality around which fairy tales are built, usually in the form of the innocent maiden versus the evil witch, films inspired by the book and Broadway musical of Wicked have become a new trend, giving us … More Maleficent

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Another Year

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A group of characters are observed throughout four seasons in this lyrically beautiful film by Mike Leigh. While he customarily focuses on the interactions between working-class Londoners, in this particular case he has complicated the levels by focusing on medical secretary Lesley Manville and her friendship with therapist Ruth Sheen and geologist Jim … More Another Year

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Vera Drake

BBBBB (out of 5) A regular 1950s housewife in working-class London, Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton) goes about her job as charwoman for various wealthy houses in London, fitting in domestic duties for ailing friends as well as taking care of her aging mother before going home to do all her duties for her loving husband … More Vera Drake

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All Or Nothing

BBBB (out of 5) Mike Leigh returns with yet another incisive and touching look at life among London’s working classes. Bored, middle-aged couple Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville do their best to keep it together while their children live in emotional misery. Their son is a foul-mouthed git who sits on his lazy duff and watches TV … More All Or Nothing

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Topsy-Turvy

BBBBB (out of 5) You will not find a more convincing film that depicts the Victorian age: every single time a beautifully crafted character in Mike Leigh’s latest addition to his brilliant oeuvre enters a room, you are swept over with the feeling that someone has pored over every detail of production and costume design. … More Topsy-Turvy

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