Ever After (1998)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant, Rick Parks, based on the story by Charles Perrault.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Mireille Soria, Tracey Trench.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Michael Howells.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film Editing by Roger Bondelli.   Richly enjoyable reboot of Cinderella finds Drew Barrymore as a…

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An Ideal Husband (1999)

OLIVER PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Arts Council of England, Canal+, Fragile Films, Icon Entertainment International, Icon Productions, Miramax, Pathé Pictures International.  Screenplay by Oliver Parker, based on the play by Oscar Wilde.  Cinematography by David Johnson.  Produced by Bruce Davey, Uri Fruchtmann, Barnaby Thompson.  Music by Charlie Mole.  Production Design by Michael Howells.  Costume Design by Caroline Harris.  Film…

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Death At A Funeral (2007)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/Germany/United Kingdom/The Netherlands, 2007.  Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Parabolic Pictures Inc., Stable Way Entertainment, VIP 1 Medienfonds, VIP 2 Medienfonds, Target Media Entertainment, Film Sales Financing.  Screenplay by Dean Craig.  Cinematography by Oliver Curtis.  Produced by Andreas Grosch, Sidney Kimmel, Laurence Malkin, Diana Phillips, Share Stallings.    Music by Murray Gold.    Production…

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Emma (1996)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1996.  Haft Entertainment.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Ian Wilson.  Produced by Patrick Cassavetti, Steven Haft.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Michael Howells.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker. Excellent adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel has a superior performance by…

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Nanny McPhee (2005)

KIRK JONES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/France, 2005.  Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Working Title Films, Three Strange Angels, Nanny McPhee Productions.  Screenplay by Emma Thompson, based on the Nurse Matilda books by Christianna Brand.  Cinematography by Henry Braham.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Lindsay Doran, Eric Fellner.     Music by Patrick Doyle.   Production Design by Michael Howells.   Costume…

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Talk Of Angels (1998)

NICK HAMM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Kan Zamia-a, Kanzaman, Polaris Pictures.  Screenplay by Ann Guedes, Frank McGuinness, based on the novel by Kate O’Brien.  Cinematography by Aleksei Rodionov.  Produced by Patrick Cassavetti.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Michael Howells.  Costume Design by Lala Huete,Lena Mossum, Elizabeth Waller.  Film Editing by Michael Bradsell, Gerry Hambling.   Lush-looking Miramax cheese about…

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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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