The Favourite (2018)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Film4, Waypoint Entertainment.  Screenplay by Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.   Produced by Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday.   Music by William Lyons, Johnnie Burn.  Production Design by Fiona Crombie.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Golden Globe Awards 2018….

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The Brothers Bloom (2008)

RIAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA, 2008.  Endgame Entertainment, Ram Bergman Productions, The Weinstein Company.  Screenplay by Rian Johnson.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Ram Bergman, James D. Stern.  Music by Nathan Johnson.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Gabriel Wrye.  Toronto International Film Festival 2008.  Imagine a movie in which every…

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My Cousin Rachel (2017)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Free Range Films.  Screenplay by Roger Michell, based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Mike Eley.  Produced by Kevin Loader.  Music by Rael Jones.  Production Design by Alice Normington.  Costume Design by Dinah Collin.  Film Editing by Kristina Hetherington.   Orphaned Sam Claflin was raised by his loving, older cousin…

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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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Youth

BBBB (out of 5) Famous composer and conductor Michael Caine and filmmaker Harvey Keitel are old friends staying at a luxurious resort in Switzerland, Caine retired from conducting music and Keitel working on his latest film with his screenwriting team. Surrounding them are bodies old and young that spin them off into contemplations of their…

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My Blueberry Nights

BB (out of 5) Following the international success of In The Mood For Love and the critical adoration of 2046, it could come as no surprise that Wong Kar Wai’s next move would be to break into the English market. It was a project highly anticipated given the combination of his genius directorial power combined…

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The Mummy Returns

BBB (out of 5) The energetic cast from Stephen Sommer’s 1999 original returns completely intact with the new addition of the main couple’s son. Taking place a few years after the original adventure, this episode finds our heroes Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz taking on the vicious Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) once again, plus the added…

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The Mummy (1999)

BBB.5 (out of 5) A rollicking good time is to be had with this beautifully filmed though often heavy-handed remake of the classic Boris Karloff horror movie. In this updated and more elaborate version, Imhotep is still the ill-treated lover of the Princess Anck Su Namun who vows to return even from death to be…

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Dream House

0.5 (out of 5) It’s hard to do worse than this thriller, producing few chills, rife with bad character clichés and a hackneyed plot that makes all its actors look incredibly brainless (they apparently agree, since the finished project resulted in all of the leads refusing to participate in any pre-release promotion). Likely the top-flight…

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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…

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Bent

BB.5 (out of 5) Spiritless adaptation of Martin Sherman’s play about two men locked up in a concentration camp during World War II.  Clive Owen, ashamed of having been put into the camp for being a homosexual, schemes his way to getting a yellow star on his uniform because he feels it’s less degrading than…

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Constantine

BBB (out of 5) John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a detective of the spirit world, roams the city looking for half-breed demons who break the rules of human interference and sends them back to hell. Not the kind of job you grow up hoping to have, but a steady one as the villains are in no…

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