Bel Ami (2012)

DECLAN DONNELLAN, NICK ORMEROD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom/Italy, 2012.  Redwave Films, 19 Entertainment, Protagonist Pictures, Rai Cinema.  Screenplay by Rachel Bennette, based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant.  Cinematography by Stefano Falivene.  Produced by Ceri Hughes, Uberto Pasolini.  Music by Lakshman Joseph De Saram, Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Attila Kovacs.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film Editing by Gavin Buckley, … More Bel Ami (2012)

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High-Rise (High Rise) (2015)

BEN WHEATLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Belgium, 2015.  HanWay Films, Film4, British Film Institute, Recorded Picture Company, Northern Ireland Screen, Ingenious Media, Scope Pictures, S Films, Backwell Productions.  Screenplay by Amy Jump, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard.  Cinematography by Laurie Rose.  Produced by Jeremy Thomas.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Mark Tildesley.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film Editing by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley.  Toronto International … More High-Rise (High Rise) (2015)

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Brooklyn

BBB.5 (out of 5) Colm Toibin’s novel is adapted by Nick Hornby with pleasing results, starring Saoirse Ronan as the determined young woman who emigrates from Ireland to America in 1952 and does not allow herself to get swallowed up by the gigantic world she encounters. Encouraged to go by her loving older sister and sponsored … More Brooklyn

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Quartet (2012)

BB.5 (out of 5) A retirement home for successful classical musicians is the setting for this comedy adapted from Ronald Harwood’s play, which also marks the directorial debut of actor Dustin Hoffman.  Maggie Smith plays a world-famous opera singer who has decided to enter her dotage, made worse when it turns out that her ex-husband (Tom … More Quartet (2012)

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The Constant Gardener

BBBB (out of 5) Ralph Fiennes is excellent as a placid British diplomat living in Kenya and grieving over the accidental death of his beautiful wife (Rachel Weisz). Knowing that her political motivations towards helping people in oppressed countries never made her popular among the money set, Fiennes starts to investigate clues he finds among his … More The Constant Gardener

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Captives

BB.5 (out of 5) Julia Ormond is a do-gooder dentist who volunteers her time to provide care for inmates at a British prison. Her wits are no match for her heart, unfortunately, when she meets violent sociopath Tim Roth and begins to feel passionately about him, before long having illicit sex with him in dirty … More Captives

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The Bank Job

BBBB (out of 5) Roger Donaldson’s marvelously entertaining heist film never feels like you’ve seen it all before, despite the familiarity of its trappings. Based (loosely) on a true story, it stars Jason Statham as a financially frustrated car dealer who has the opportunity to save himself when a gorgeous former associate of his (Saffron … More The Bank Job

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