Official Secrets (2019)

GAVIN HOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2019.  Classified Films, Clear Pictures Entertainment, Screen Yorkshire, The Gordon Company.  Screenplay by Gregory Bernstein, Sara Bernstein, Gavin Hood, based on the book The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion by Marcia Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell. …

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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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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

MIKE NEWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   United Kingdom/France/USA, 2018.  Amazon Prime Video, Blueprint Pictures, Canal+, Cine@, Mazur/Kaplan Company, StudioCanal.  Screenplay by Don Roos, Kevin Hood, Thomas Bezucha, based on the novel by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows.  Cinematography by Zac Nicholson.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Mitchell Kaplan, Paula Mazur.  Music by Alexandra Harwood.  Production Design by James…

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Allied (2016)

ROBERT ZEMECKIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2016.  GK Films, Huahua Media, ImageMovers, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Graham King, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Gary Freeman.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley, Jeremiah O’Driscoll.  Academy Awards 2016.   A Canadian spy (Brad Pitt) working…

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The Imitation Game (2014)

MORTEN TYLDUM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Black Bear Pictures, Bristol Automotive. Screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the book by Andrew Hodges.  Cinematography by Oscar Faura.  Produced by Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Maria Djurkovic.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg.  Academy Awards 2014. American Film Institute 2014.   Golden…

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Watchmen (2009)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Legendary Entertainment, Lawrence Gordon Productions, DC Comics.   Screenplay by David Hayter, Alex Tse, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by Alex McDowell.  Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson.  Film…

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Stoker (2013)

CHANG-WOOK PARK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2013.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Scott Free Productions, Dayday Films, Ingenious Media.  Screenplay by Wentworth Miller.  Cinematography by Chung-hoon Chung.  Produced by Michael Costigan, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Nicolas De Toth.   Mia Wasikowska is devastated when her…

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Imagine Me And You (2005)

OL PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2005.  BBC Films, Cougar Films Ltd., Ealing Studios, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Focus Features,  Fragile Films, Minotaur Film Partnership No. 3, RTL, X-Filme Creative Pool.  Screenplay by Ol Parker.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Sophie Balhetchet, Andro Steinborn, Barnaby Thompson.  Music by Alex Heffes.  Production Design by Eve Mavrakis.  Costume Design by Consolata…

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Brideshead Revisited

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nostalgia for the innocent days of youth tinges every frame of this sumptuous period piece adapted from the novel by Evelyn Waugh. Previously filmed as a highly successful eight-hour BBC miniseries with Jeremy Irons in 1981, this latest adaptation has Matthew Goode as a middle-class student studying at 1920s Oxford who befriends…

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A Single Man (2009)

TOM FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2009.  Fade To Black Productions, Depth of Field, Artina Films.  Screenplay by Tom Ford, David Scearce, based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood.  Cinematography by Eduard Grau.  Produced by Tom Ford, Andrew Miano, Robert Salerno, Chris Weitz.  Music by Abel Korzeniowski.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Joan Sobel.  Academy Awards…

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The Lookout (2007)

SCOTT FRANK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2007.  Miramax, Spyglass Entertainment, Laurence Mark Productions, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation.  Screenplay by Scott Frank.  Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Laurence Mark, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by David Brisbin.  Costume Design by Abram Waterhouse.  Film Editing by Jill Savitt. Independent Spirit Awards 2007.   Joseph Gordon-Levitt survived…

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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.  National Board of Review Awards 2005.   After…

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