Windrider (1986)

VINCENT MONTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Australia, 1986.  Barron Entertainment, Bush Christmas Productions Pty. Ltd..  Screenplay by Everett De Roche, Bonnie Harris.  Cinematography by Joseph Pickering.  Produced by Paul D. Barron.  Music by Kevin Peek.  Production Design by Phil Peters.  Costume Design by Noel Howell.  Film Editing by John Scott. Nicole Kidman has her first adult role in this forgettable…

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How To Talk To Girls At Parties (2017)

JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Little Punk, See-Saw Films.  Screenplay by Philippa Goslett, John Cameron Mitchell, based on the short story by Neil Gaiman.  Cinematography by Frank G. DeMarco.  Produced by Iain Canning, Howard Gertler, John Cameron Mitchell, Emile Sherman.  Music by Nico Muhly, Jamie Stewart.  Production Design by Helen Scott.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film…

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The Family Fang (2015)

JASON BATEMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2015.  Aggregate Films, Red Crown Productions, Blossom Films, ML Film Productions, Olympus Pictures, Papagjika Salloway Productions, QED International.  Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the novel by Kevin Wilson.  Cinematography by Ken Seng.  Produced by Jason Bateman, James Garavente, Nicole Kidman, Riva Marker, Per Saari, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech.  Music by…

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Secret In Their Eyes (2015)

BILLY RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Spain/South Korea, 2015.  IM Global, STX Entertainment, Route One Entertainment, Union Investment Partners, Gran Via Productions, SITE Productions, Willies Movies, Ingenious Media.  Screenplay by Billy Ray, based on the film El Secreto De Sus Ojos by Juan Jose Campanella, Eduardo Sacheri.  Cinematography by Daniel Moder.  Produced by Matt Jackson, Mark Johnson.  Music by…

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BMX Bandits (1983)

BRIAN TRENCHARD-SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia, 1983.  Nilsen Premiere.  Screenplay by Patrick Edgeworth, based on a screenplay by Russell Hagg.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Tom Broadbridge, Paul F. Davies.  Music by Colin Stead, Frank Strangio.  Production Design by Ross Major.  Costume Design by Lesley McLennan.  Film Editing by Alan Lake.  This adorable, kid-friendly adventure has become something of a…

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The Guardian Brothers (Xiao men shen) (2016)

GARY WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  China, 2016.  Light Chaser Animation Studios.  Screenplay by Dan Edelstein, Terrence Stone, Gary Wang.  Produced by Zhou Yu.  Music by Nathan Wang.  Film Editing by Ji Zhao. A modern world no longer interested in the spiritual beliefs of its ancestors has relegated guardian spirits to a realm in which they concern themselves only with…

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Strangerland (2015)

KIM FARRANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Ireland/Australia, 2015.  Worldview Entertainment, Fastnet Films, Dragonfly Pictures.  Story by Fiona Seres, Screenplay by Michael Kinirons, Fiona Seres.  Cinematography by P.J. Dillon.  Produced by Macdara Kelleher, Naomi Wenck.  Music by Keefus Ciancia.  Production Design by Melinda Doring.  Costume Design by Emily Seresin.  Film Editing by Veronika Jenet. A pharmacist (Joseph Fiennes) has moved his family to a…

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Bush Christmas (1983)

HENRI SAFRAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia, 1983.  The Australian Film Commission, Barron Entertainment, Bush Christmas Productions Pty. Ltd., Film and Television Institute W.A., Queensland Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Ted Roberts.  Cinematography by Ross Berryman, Malcolm Richards.  Produced by Gilda Baracchi, Paul D. Barron.  Music by Mike Perjanik.  Production Design by Darrell Lass.  Costume Design by Utopia Road.  Film Editing by Ron Williams. Charming family film…

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The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Ireland/USA, 2017.  Element Pictures, A24, Film4.  Screenplay by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou.  Cinematography by Thimios Bakatakis.  Produced by Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Lowe.  Music by Sarah Giles, Nick Payne.  Production Design by Jade Healy.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.   Colin Farrell plays a cardiac surgeon…

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The Beguiled (2017)

BB.5 (out of 5) A little girl collecting mushrooms just beyond the grounds of her plantation in Civil War-ravaged Virginia discovers a severely injured Irish mercenary turned Yankee soldier (Colin Farrell) lying in the grass.  The plantation house is actually being used as a girls’ school, run by Nicole Kidman, who oversees the few remaining…

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Queen Of The Desert

BB.5 (out of 5) Bored of life in the quiet English countryside, Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) heads to the middle east at the turn of the century to turn the entire Arab world on its ear, a pre-cursor to T.E. Lawrence (with whom she crossed paths on more than one occasion, portrayed here by a…

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Lion

 BBBB (out of 5) A little boy who lives with his brother, sister and mother in a tiny, poor Indian village gets lost at a train station while waiting for his brother to fetch him, accidentally falling asleep on a train that, when he wakes up, takes him almost two thousand kilometres away before he is…

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