Downton Abbey (2019)

MICHAEL ENGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/China, 2019.  Carnival Film & Television, Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures.  Screenplay by Julian Fellowes, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge.  Music by John Lunn.  Production Design by Donal Woods.  Costume Design by Anna Mary Scott…

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

MIKE NEWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   United Kingdom/France/USA, 2018.  Amazon Prime Video, Blueprint Pictures, Canal+, Cine@, Mazur/Kaplan Company, StudioCanal.  Screenplay by Don Roos, Kevin Hood, Thomas Bezucha, based on the novel by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows.  Cinematography by Zac Nicholson.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Mitchell Kaplan, Paula Mazur.  Music by Alexandra Harwood.  Production Design by James…

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Joseph Andrews (1977)

TONY RICHARDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1977.  Woodfall Film Productions.  Screen story by Tony Richardson, Screenplay by Allan Scott, Chris Bryant, based on the novel by Henry Fielding.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Neil Hartley.  Music by John Addison.  Production Design by Michael Annals.  Costume Design by Michael Annals.  Film Editing by Thom Noble.   Tony Richardson follows his Oscar winning Tom…

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The BFG (2016)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 2016.  Walt Disney Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Walden Media, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, DreamWorks, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Melissa Mathison, based on the book by Roald Dahl. Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Frank Marshall, Sam Mercer, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design…

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Cry Freedom (1987)

RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1987.  Universal Pictures, Marble Arch Productions.  Screenplay by John Briley, based on the books Biko and Asking For Trouble by Donald Woods.  Cinematography by Ronnie Taylor.  Produced by Richard Attenborough.  Music by George Fenton, Jonas Gwangwa.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by John Mollo.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.   Newspaper editor Donald…

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2015.  Babieka, Blueprint Pictures.  Screenplay by Ol Parker.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Martin Childs.  Costume Design by Riyaz Ali Merchant.  Film Editing by Victoria Boydell The surprise runaway box office success of the first film draws the entire cast back to India for…

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Pride & Prejudice (2005)

JOE WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom, 2005.  Focus Features, Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Scion Films.  Screenplay by Deborah Moggach, based on the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Roman Osin.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner,Paul Webster.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Paul Tothill.  Academy Awards 2005.  Boston Film Critics…

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Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

EDGAR WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/France, 2004.  StudioCanal, Working Title Films, WT2 Productions, Big Talk Productions, Inside Track 2, FilmFour.  Screenplay by Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright.  Cinematography by David M. Dunlap.  Produced by Nira Park.  Music by Dan Mudford, Pete Woodhead.  Production Design by Marcus Rowland.  Costume Design by Annie Hardinge.  Film Editing by Chris Dickens.  Online Film Critics Awards 2004.   This witty spoof…

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)

KAREL REISZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1981.  Juniper Films.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by John Fowles.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Leon Clore.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Assheton Gorton.  Costume Design by Tom Rand.  Film Editing by John Bloom.   Two stories are woven into one in this intelligent adaptation of John Fowles’s…

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   United Kingdom, 2011.  Blueprint Pictures.  Screenplay by Ol Parker, based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Louise Stjernsward.  Film Editing by Chris Gill.  Golden Globe Awards 2012.  Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012.  …

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The History Boys (2006)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2006.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, DNA Films, BBC Two Films, UK Film Council, National Theatre.  Screenplay by Alan Bennett, based on his play.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Justine Luxton.  Film Editing by John Wilson. …

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Carrington (1995)

CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/France, 1995.  Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Freeway Films, Cinéa, Orsans Productions, StudioCanal, Euston Films, European Co-production Fund.  Screenplay by Christopher Hampton, based on the book by Michael Holroyd.  Cinematography by Denis Lenoir.  Produced by John McGrath, Ronald Shedlo.  Music by Michael Nyman.  Production Design by Caroline Amies.  Costume Design by Penny Rose.  Film Editing by George Akers.  …

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