The Happy Prince (2018)

RUPERT EVERETT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018.  Maze Pictures, Entre Chien et Loup, Palomar, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Robert Fox Limited, BBC Films, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Daryl Prince Productions, Heimatfilm, Raindog Films.  Screenplay by Rupert Everett.  Cinematography by John Conroy.  Produced by Sebastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze.  Music by Gabriel…

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A Little Chaos

BB.5 (out of 5) Louis XIV (Alan Rickman, who also directed) is moving his court to Versailles to appease France’s nervous aristocracy, turning the former hunting lodge into a glorious palace with a number of building projects including one he commissions of his designer Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts).  Unable to complete the project himself, Le…

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

BB (out of 5) Tom Stoppard’s delightful play has lost much of its wit and energy in its transformation to the big screen. It centers around Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet whose fate is quickly done away with by the Prince of Denmark’s swift skills of survival. In this story, however, Hamlet…

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The Invisible Woman

BBBB (out of 5) Ralph Fiennes stars and directs in this superb adaptation of the novel by Claire Tomalin, about the relationship between Charles Dickens and Nell Ternan that may have inspired the greatest novel ever written, Great Expectations.  Dickens meets the young lady during production of The Frozen Deep, a play he co-wrote with Wilkie Collins…

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A World Apart

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Like A Dry White Season, this film illuminates the Anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa, though unlike Euzhan Palcy’s film it is not a conventional thriller. Jodhi May is terrific as a young girl growing up in the sixties whose activist parents (Barbara Hershey, Jeroen Krabbe) inspire anger from their all-white community…

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Dust

BB.5 (out of 5) A thief breaks into the dilapidated apartment of an old woman (Rosemary Murphy) but gets more than he bargained for when she shoots him and then breaks his nose. Holding him hostage, she begins to spin a tall tale of the wild west about two Texas brothers (Joseph Fiennes, David Wenham)…

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Before The Rain

BBB (out of 5) Inspired setup suffers from not having enough substance at its core. The film is told in three stories, the third completing the missing link to the first, mostly centring around a Macedonian filmmaker (Rade Serbedzija) and his British girlfriend (Katrin Cartlidge). Milcho Manchevski’s film debut, the first major film from the…

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Moon

BBB (out of 5) In the not-so-distant future, the majority of the Earth gets its energy source from helium-3, a substance mined on the dark side of the moon. The harvesting of this substance requires an elaborately computerized harvesting system but only one man to work it, hence why Sam Rockwell has been on our satellite…

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Hyde Park On Hudson (2012)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   United Kingdom, 2012.  Daybreak Pictures, Film Four, Free Range Films, Media Pro Four, Media Pro One, Media Pro Three, Media Pro Two, Premiere Picture.  Screenplay by Richard Nelson.  Cinematography by Lol Crawley.  Produced by David Aukin, Kevin Loader, Roger Michell.  Music by Jeremy Sams.  Production Design by Simon Bowles.  Costume Design by Dinah Collin.  Film Editing by…

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Enduring Love (2004)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 2004.  Pathe Pictures International, UK Film Council, FilmFour, Inside Track Films, Free Range Films, Ingenious Film Partners, Ridgeway Productions.  Screenplay by Joe Penhall, based on the novel by Ian McEwan.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Kevin Loader.  Music by Jeremy Sams.  Production Design by John Paul Kelly.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing…

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The Mother (2003)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2003.  BBC Films, Free Range Films, Renaissance Films.  Screenplay by Hanif Kureishi.  Cinematography by Alwin H. Kuchler.  Produced by Kevin Loader.  Music by Jeremy Sams.  Production Design by Mark Tildesley.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Nicolas Gaster.  Toronto International Film Festival 2003.   Another magnificent script from Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette) that champions the…

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Venus (2006)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2006.  Miramax, FilmFour, UK Film Council, Free Range Films.  Screenplay by Hanif Kureishi.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Kevin Loader.  Music by David Arnold, Corinne Bailey Rae.  Production Design by Emma MacDevitt.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Nicolas Gaster.  Academy Awards 2006.  Golden Globe Awards 2006.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.   Screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (My…

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