Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)

SIMON CURTIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB United Kingdom/USA, 2022. Universal Pictures, Carnival Film & Television. Screenplay by Julian Fellowes. Cinematography by Andrew Dunn. Produced by Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge. Music by John Lunn. Production Design by Donal Woods. Costume Design by Maja Meschede, Anna Robbins. Film Editing by Adam Recht. By…

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Evil Under The Sun (1982)

GUY HAMILTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom, 1982. EMI Films, Titan Productions, Mersham Productions Ltd.. Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, based on the novel by Agatha Christie. Cinematography by Christopher Challis. Produced by John Brabourne, Richard Goodwin. Music by John Lanchbery. Production Design by Elliot Scott. Costume Design by Anthony Powell. Film Editing…

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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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Downton Abbey (2019)

MICHAEL ENGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/China, 2019.  Carnival Film & Television, Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures.  Screenplay by Julian Fellowes, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge.  Music by John Lunn.  Production Design by Donal Woods.  Costume Design by Anna Mary Scott…

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My Old Lady (2014)

ISRAEL HOROVITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   United Kingdom/France/USA, 2014.  BBC Films, Cohen Media Group, Deux Chevaux Films, FullDawa Films, Krasnoff / Foster Entertainment, Le Premier Productions, Specialty Films.  Screenplay by Israel Horovitz, based on his play.  Cinematography by Michel Amathieu.  Produced by David-Christophe Barrot, Nitsa Benchetrit, Gary Foster, Rachael Horovitz.  Music by Mark Orton.  Production Design by Pierre-Francois Limbosch.  Costume…

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The Lady In The Van (2015)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2015.  BBC Films, TriStar Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Bennett, based on his memoir.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.   Having newly found his footing as a playwright on…

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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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Quartet (2012)

DUSTIN HOFFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2012.  Headline Pictures, BBC Films, DCM Productions, Finola Dwyer Productions, Wildgaze Films.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on his play.  Cinematography by John de Borman.  Produced by Finola Dwyer, Stewart Mackinnon.  Music by Dario Martinelli.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film Editing by Barney Pilling.   A retirement home 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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Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (2007)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films, Cool Music.  Screenplay by Michael Goldenberg, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Slawomir Idziak.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman, Lorne Orleans.  Music by Nicholas Hooper.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.   Year five and counting. Following the…

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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films.  Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman.  Music by Nicholas Hooper.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.   Yet another academic year at the Hogwarts school as the…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2011.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films, Moving Picture Company. Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman, J.K. Rowling.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.   Seven books, eight movies…

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