The Favourite (2018)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Film4, Waypoint Entertainment.  Screenplay by Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.   Produced by Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday.   Music by William Lyons, Johnnie Burn.  Production Design by Fiona Crombie.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Golden Globe Awards 2018….

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Christopher Robin (2018)

MARC FORSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  2DUX², Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Greg Brooker, Mark Steven Johnson, Screenplay by Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, Allison Schroeder, based on characters created by A.A. Milne and Ernest Shepard.  Cinematography by Matthias Koenigswieser.  Produced by Kristin Burr, Brigham Taylor.  Music by Jon Brion, Geoff Zanelli.  Production Design by Jennifer Williams.  Costume Design…

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

BBB.5 (out of 5) They smoke too much, they drink too much, they have no respect for any person or institution and they spend money while hardly bothering to make it: in short, they are treasures, as Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley have been proving since the characters of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone premiered on British television…

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Our Kind Of Traitor

BBB.5 (out of 5) An English professor (Ewan McGregor) and his lawyer wife (Naomie Harris) are on vacation in Morocco trying to restore the lost passion in their marriage when a late night at a bar puts our hero in the way of a charismatic and shady Russian (Stellan Skarsgård).  They’re friends only briefly before Skarsgard…

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

BBBB (out of 5) The perfect combination: the British dream it up and the Americans pay for it, and all movies should be made this way. Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) wakes up to discover that bulldozers are preparing to demolish his house to make way for a road bypass. Minutes later, the earth itself is…

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Bright Young Things

BBB (out of 5) Delightful adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies, and a promising directorial debut by actor Stephen Fry. Stephen Campbell Moore is wonderful as a London journalist and impoverished aristocrat who travels the 1930s party circuit with his posh girlfriend (Emily Mortimer), hoping to marry her as soon as he has enough money. The…

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Birthday Girl

BBB (out of 5) Nicole Kidman is marvelous in this odd little tale about a straight-laced bank employee (Ben Chaplin) who sends out for a Russian mail-order bride and gets a lot more than he bargained for. Initially deciding to return the lady home when it turns out that she speaks not a word of…

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Wallace And Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

BBBB (out of 5) Your favourite adorable claymation heroes are back, and this time they’ve been given their very first feature film. Clever inventor Wallace and his ever-talented dog Gromit run a successful business ridding their neighbours of pesky rabbits who threaten their vegetable gardens. Wallace and Gromit’s township is having a festival of giant…

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Match Point (2005)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Luxembourg, 2005.  BBC Films, Thema Production, Jada Productions, Kudu Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Lucy Darwin, Gareth Wiley.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Academy Awards 2005.  Golden Globe Awards 2005.   After a number of unimpressive comedies, Woody…

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