Esther Kahn (2000)

ARNAUD DESPLECHIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France/United Kingdom, 2000.  Arts Council of England, British Screen Productions, British Sky Broadcasting, France 2 Cinema, France 3 Cinema, Les Films Alain Sarde, Why Not Productions, Zephyr Films.  Screenplay by Emmanuel Bourdieu, Arnaud Desplechin, from a story by Arthur Symons.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Chris Curling, Alain Sarde, Gregoire Sorlat.  Music by Howard…

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Hysteria (2011)

TANYA WEXLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/France/Germany/Luxembourg, 2011.  Informant Media, Forthcoming Productions, Beachfront Films, Chimera Films LLC, by alternative pictures, Delux Productions, Arte France Cinéma, Tatfilm, Silver Reel, Lankn Media, The UK Film & TV Production Company PLC, Film Fund Luxembourg, WDR / Arte, Canal+, CinéCinéma.  Story and Screenplay by Stephen Dyer, Jonah Lisa…

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What Dreams May Come (1998)

VINCENT WARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/New Zealand, 1998.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Interscope Communications, Metafilmics.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Richard Matheson. Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Barnet Bain.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Maysie Hoy.   Robin Williams plays a happy family man, married…

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The History Boys (2006)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2006.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, DNA Films, BBC Two Films, UK Film Council, National Theatre.  Screenplay by Alan Bennett, based on his play.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Justine Luxton.  Film Editing by John Wilson.  …

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Angela’s Ashes (1999)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB USA/Ireland, 1999.  David Brown Productions, Dirty Hands Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Laura Jones, Alan Parker, based on the book by Frank McCourt.  Cinematography by Chris Connier, Michael Seresin.  Produced by David Brown, Alan Parker, Scott Rudin.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by…

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Hilary And Jackie (1998)

ANAND TUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1998.  Arts Council of England, British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Intermedia Films, The Oxford Film Company.  Screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce, based on the book A Genius In The Family by Hilary du Pre, Piers du Pre.  Cinematography by David Johnson.  Produced by Nicolas Kent, Andy Paterson.  Music by…

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Attack The Block (2011)

JOE CORNISH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB United Kingdom, 2011.  StudioCanal, Film4, UK Film Council, Big Talk Productions.  Screenplay by Joe Cornish.  Cinematography by Thomas Townend.  Produced by Nira Park, James Wilson.  Music by Steven Price.  Production Design by Marcus Rowland.  Costume Design by Rosa Dias.  Film Editing by Jonathan Amos.   A young woman fresh out of nursing school is in the…

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Calendar Girls (2003)

NIGEL COLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2003.   Touchstone Pictures, Harbour Pictures.  Screenplay by Juliette Towhidi, Tim Firth.  Cinematography by Ashley Rowe.  Produced by Nick Barton, Suzanne Mackie.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Martin Childs.  Costume Design by Frances Tempest.  Film Editing by Michael Parker.   Immediate comparisons to the other Brits-strip-for-a-good-cause film, The Full Monty, are inevitable, but up…

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A Merry War (1997)

ROBERT BIERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5 Original title:  Keep The Aspidistra Flying United Kingdom, 1997.  Arts Council of England, BBC Films, Bonaparte Films, Overseas FilmGroup, Sentinel Films, UBA.  Screenplay by Alan Plater, based on the novel by George Orwell.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens.  Produced by Peter Shaw.  Music by Mike Batt.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by James Keast.  Film…

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Cassandra’s Dream (2007)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA/United Kingdom/France, 2007.  Iberville Productions, Virtual Studios, Wild Bunch.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Gareth Wiley.  Music by Philip Glass.  Production Design by Maria Djurkovic.  Costume Design by Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  One of Woody Allen’s most miserable misfires, an unwatchable, unfunny comedy about…

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