St. Trinian’s (2007)

OLIVER PARKER, BARNABY THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 2007.  Ealing Studios, Entertainment Film Distributors, Fragile Films, UK Film Council.  Screenplay by Piers Ashworth, Nick Moorcroft, additional material by Jamie Minoprio, Jonathan M. Stern, based on cartoons by Ronald Searle.  Cinematography by Gavin Finney.  Produced by Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson.  Music by Charlie Mole.  Production Design by Amanda McArthur.  Costume Design by…

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Hamlet (1990)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/France, 1990.  Canal+, Carolco Pictures, Icon Productions, Marquis, Nelson Entertainment, Sovereign Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher De Vore, Franco Zeffirelli, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Dyson Lovell.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Maurizio Millenotti.  Film Editing by Richard…

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Stardust (2007)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Marv Films, Vaughn Productions, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Ingenious Film Partners, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Dreyer, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Ilan Eshkeri.  Production Design by Gavin Bocquet.  Costume Design by…

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Othello (1995)

OLIVER PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Dakota Films, Imminent Film Productions.  Screenplay by Oliver Parker, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by David Johnson.  Produced by David Barron, Luc Roeg.  Music by Charlie Mole.  Production Design by Tim Harvey.  Costume Design by Caroline Harris.  Film Editing by Tony Lawson.   Director Oliver Parker faithfully adapts…

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The Haunted Mansion (2003)

ROB MINKOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2003.  Walt Disney Pictures, Gunn Films, Doom Buggy Productions.  Screenplay by David Berenbaum.  Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin.  Produced by Andrew Gunn, Don Hahn.  Music by Mark Mancina.  Production Design by John Myhre.  Costume Design by Mona May.  Film Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly.   Eddie Murphy plays a real-estate agent who has been ignoring his family in his…

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The Bodyguard

BB.5 (out of 5) Whitney Houston made her feature starring debut in this middling thriller that is too shallow to be effective, but makes for brainlessly enjoyable viewing nonetheless. Kevin Costner plays a hardened bodyguard who is assigned to protect singing superstar Houston when she is threatened by a dangerously obsessive fan. Houston proves herself charismatic…

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Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)

JOHN DUIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Australia, 1993.  Laughing Kookaburra Productions, Sargasso Productions.  Screenplay by Jan Sharp, Carole Angier, from the novel by Jean Rhys, based on characters created by Charlotte Bronte.  Cinematography by Geoff Burton.  Produced by Jan Sharp.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Franckie Diago.  Costume Design by Norma Moriceau.  Film Editing by Anne Goursaud, Jimmy Sandoval.   A…

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War Requiem (1989)

DEREK JARMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1989.  Anglo International Films, British Broadcasting Corporation, Liberty Film Sales.  Screenplay by Derek Jarman, based on poems by Wilfred Owen.  Cinematography by Richard Greatrex.  Produced by Don Boyd.  Production Design by Lucy Morahan.  Costume Design by Linda Alderson.  Film Editing by Rick Elgood.  Toronto International Film Festival 1989.   Those familiar with and fond of Derek Jarman’s…

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