Amazing Grace (2006)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2006.  Bristol Bay Productions, Ingenious Film Partners, Sunflower Productions, Ingenious Film Partners 2, Walden Media.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin.  Produced by Patricia Heaton, David Hunt, Terrence Malick, Edward R. Pressman, Ken Wales.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Charles Wood.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film Editing by Rick…

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Enough (2002)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 USA, 2002.  Columbia Pictures, Winkler Films.  Screenplay by Nicholas Kazan.  Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Irwin Winkler.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Doug Kraner.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Rick Shaine.   Hey, if they can Redux Apocalypse Now, why can’t they redo Sleeping With The Enemy and give…

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Enigma (2001)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/Germany/The Netherlands, 2001.  Manhattan Pictures International, Intermedia Films, Senator Film Produktion, Meespierson Film CV, Jagged Films, Broadway Video.  Screenplay by Tom Stoppard, based on the novel by Robert Harris.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Mick Jagger, Lorne Michaels.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Shirley Russell.  Film Editing by…

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The World Is Not Enough (1999)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Danjaq, Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists.  Story by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Bruce Feirstein, based on characters created by Ian Fleming.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Peter Lamont.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film…

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Extreme Measures (1996)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Simian Films. Screenplay by Tony Gilroy, based on the book by Michael Palmer.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Elizabeth Hurley.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Doug Kraner.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Rick Shaine.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996. This unusual thriller starts off murky…

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Nell (1994)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  Egg Pictures, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by William Nicholson, Mark Handley, based on the play Idioglossia by Mark Handley.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Jodie Foster, Renee Missel.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe…

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Blink (1994)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1994.  New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Dana Stevens.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by David Blocker.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Rick Shaine.   Fans of Madeleine Stowe absolutely must see her best-ever performance in this terrifying thriller. She plays a blind violinist who…

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Class Action (1991)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Interscope Communications, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames, Samantha Shad.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Robert W. Cort, Ted Field, Scott Kroopf.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Todd Hallowell.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Ian Crafford.   Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio disappoints her lawyer father (Gene Hackman)…

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Gorillas In The Mist (1988)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1988.  Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., The Guber-Peters Company.  Story by Anna Hamilton Phelan, Tab Murphy, Screenplay by Anna Hamilton Phelan, based on the article by Harold T.P. Hayes, and the work of Dian Fossey.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Terence A. Clegg, Arne Glimcher.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John…

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Gorky Park (1983)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1983.  Eagle Associates, Major Studio Partners.  Screenplay by Dennis Potter, based on the novel by Martin Cruz Smith.  Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.  Produced by Gene Kirkwood.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by Dennis Virkler.  Golden Globe Awards 1983. Unmotivating thriller tries to arouse interest…

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Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Thomas Rickman, based on the autobiography by Loretta Lynn, George Vecsey.  Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.  Produced by Bernard Schwartz.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1980.  Golden Globe Awards 1980.  National Board of Review Awards 1980.  New York…

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Agatha (1979)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1979.  Sweetwall, First Artists, Warner Bros..  Story by Kathleen Tynan, Screenplay by Kathleen Tynan, Arthur Hopcraft.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Jarvis Astaire, Gavrik Losey.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Shirley Russell.  Costume Design by Shirley Russell.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.  Academy Awards 1979. Unfairly panned, this enjoyable film concerns the…

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