Parallel Mothers (2021)

PEDRO ALMODOVAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Madres paralelas Spain, 2021. El Deseo, Pathe, Radio Televisión Española, Remotamente Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine. Produced by Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García. Music by Alberto Iglesias. Production Design by Antxon Gomez. Costume Design by Paola Torres. Film Editing…

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Official Competition (2021)

MARIANO COHN, GASTON DUPRAT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5 Original Title: Competencia oficial Spain/Argentina, 2021. The MediaPro Studio. Screenplay by Mariano Cohn, Andrés Duprat, Gastón Duprat. Cinematography by Arnau Valls Colomer. Produced by Jaume Roures. Production Design by Alain Bainee. Costume Design by Wanda Morales. Film Editing by Alberto del Campo. A pharmaceutical tycoon…

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Wasp Network (2019)

OLIVIER ASSAYAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Alternate Title:  Cuban Network France/Spain/Belgium, 2019.  CG Cinéma, Macaronesia Films, Nostromo Pictures, RT Features, Scope Pictures.  Screenplay by Olivier Assayas.  Cinematography by Yorick Le Saux, Denis Lenoir  Produced by Charles Gillibert, Rodrigo Teixeira.  Music by Eduardo Cruz.  Production Design by François-Renaud Labarthe.  Costume Design by Jürgen Doering.  Film…

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Pain And Glory (2019)

PEDRO ALMODOVAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  Original title:  Dolor y Gloria Spain, 2019.  Canal+, Cine@, El Deseo, El Primer Deseo, Gobierno de España, Radio Televisión Española.  Screenplay by Pedro Almodovar.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Agustín Almodóvar, Ricardo Marco Budé, Esther García, Ignacio Salazar-Simpson.  Music by Alberto Iglesias.  Production Design by…

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Everybody Knows (2018)

ASGHAR FARHADI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Original title:  Todos lo Saben Spain/France/Italy, 2018.  Memento Films Production, Morena Films, Lucky Red.  Screenplay by Asghar Farhadi.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Álvaro Longoria, Alexandre Mallet-Guy.  Music by Javier Limón.  Production Design by Maria Clara Notari.  Costume Design by Sonia Grande.  Film Editing by Hayedeh Safiyari.   The magnificence of Asghar Farhadi travels to…

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The Queen of Spain (2016)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.   Original title:  La reina de España Spain, 2016.  Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Crea SGR, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Movistar+, The Queen Picture.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Anne Deluz, Mercedes Gamero, Cristina Huete, Mikel Lejarza.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production…

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Twentieth Century Fox, Genre Films, Kinberg Genre, The Mark Gordon Company, Scott Free Productions, Latina Pictures, The Estate of Agatha Christie.  Malta/USA, 2017.  Screenplay by Michael Green, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Kenneth Branagh, Mark Gordon, Judy Hofflund, Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott.  Music by Patrick…

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Twice Born (2012)

SERGIO CASTELLITTO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Italy/Spain, 2012.  Medusa Film, Alien Produzioni, Mod Producciones, Picomedia, Telecinco Cinema, Sky Cinema, Mediaset, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Film Investment Piedmont, Film Commission Torino-Piemonte, Regione Lazio.  Screenplay by Sergio Castellitto, Margaret Mazzantini, based on the novel by Margaret Mazzantini.  Cinematography by Gianfilippo…

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Woman On Top (2000)

FINA TORRES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Vera Blasi.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Alan Poul.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Philippe Chiffre.  Costume Design by Elisabeth Tavernier.  Film Editing by Leslie Jones.   Whimsical romantic comedy that, even at its worst, is leagues ahead of director Fina Torres’ last faltering attempt at capturing the colourful…

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Belle Epoque (1992)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Spain/Portugal/France, 1992.  Animatógrafo, Eurimages, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Lolafilms, Sogepaq.  Story by Rafael Azcona, Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez, Fernando Trueba, Screenplay by Rafael Azcona.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Juan Botella.  Costume Design by Lala Huete.  Film Editing by Carmen Frias.   An army deserter happens upon a farm…

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All The Pretty Horses (2000)

BILLY BOB THORNTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Miramax.  Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Cinematography by Barry Markowitz.  Produced by Robert Salerno, Billy Bob Thornton.  Music by Larry Paxton, Marty Stuart, Kristin Wilkinson.  Production Design by Clark Hunter.  Costume Design by Doug Hall.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.   Hauntingly beautiful adaptation of…

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Noel (2004)

CHAZZ PALMINTERI Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA/Canada, 2004.  The Convex Group, Neverland Films, Code Entertainment, Red Rose Productions LLC.  Screenplay by David Hubbard.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by Al Corley, Eugene Musso, Bart Rosenblatt, Howard Rosenman.  Music by Alan Menken.  Production Design by Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Chazz Palminteri directs an abysmally manipulative…

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