Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018)

PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Poland/United Kingdom/France, 2018.  Opus Film, Apocalypso Pictures, MK2 Productions, Arte France, BFI Film Fund, Canal+ Polska, Cinestaan Film Company, City of Lodz, City of Warsaw, EC1 Lódz – Miasto Kultury, Eurimages, Film4, Kino Swiat, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, MK2 Films, Maziowiecki Fundusz Filmowy, Mazovia Region, Mazovia Warsaw Film Fund,…

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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,…

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Paris Can Wait (2016)

ELEANOR COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Lifetime Films, American Zoetrope, Corner Piece Capital, Protagonist Pictures, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, A+E Studios.  Screenplay by Eleanor Coppola.  Cinematography by Crystal Fournier.  Produced by Eleanor Coppola, Fred Roos.  Music by Laura Karpman.  Production Design by Anne Seibel.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Glen Scantlebury.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016. Diane Lane has accompanied…

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Free Fire (2016)

BEN WHEATLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/France, 2016.  Film4, Protagonist Pictures, Rook Films.  Screenplay by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley.  Cinematography by Laurie Rose.  Produced by Andrew Starke.  Music by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury.  Production Design by Paki Smith.  Costume Design by Emma Fryer.  Film Editing by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016.   A group of low creatures enter an abandoned…

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American Honey

BBB (out of 5) Andrea Arnold ventures across the ocean for her first exploration of American culture, her focus on the less privileged keeping in line with her previous films about under-served British citizens (Fish Tank) and those enduring the grimy bleakness of working-class Glasgow (Red Road…I don’t want to talk about Wuthering Heights).  Charismatic newcomer Sasha Lane plays an eighteen…

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Love & Friendship

BBB.5 (out of 5) Scandalous Kate Beckinsale, an impoverished widow who steals hearts easily with her still youthful beauty, departs from an estate she has been visiting after possibly turning a handsome married man away from his wife.  She goes to the home of her late husband’s brother, from which she intends to orchestrate the marriage between…

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The Lobster (2015)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Italy/United Kingdom/Greece/France/Netherlands/USA, 2015.  Film4, Irish Film Board, Eurimages, Nederlands Fonds voor de Film, Greek Film Center, British Film Institute, Canal+, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Cine+, Element Pictures, Faliro House Productions, Haut et Court, Institut Francais, L’Aide aux Cinemas du Monde, Lemming Film, Limp Films, Ministere des Affaires…

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The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2011.  Camberwell / Fly Films, Film4, UK Film Council, Protagonist Pictures, Lipsync Productions, Artificial Eye, Fulcrum Media Finance.  Screenplay by Terence Davies, based on the play by Terence Rattigan.  Cinematography by Florian Hoffmeister.  Produced by Sean O’Connor, Kate Ogborn.  Music by Samuel Barber.  Production Design by James Merifield.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing…

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