Darkest Hour (2017)

JOE WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5. Working Title Films.  United Kingdom, 2017.  Screenplay by Anthony McCarten.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Lisa Bruce, Eric Fellner, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Valerio Bonelli.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017. Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017.  Toronto International Film…

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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 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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Lolita (1997)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1997.  Guild, Lolita Productions, Pathé.  Screenplay by Stephen Schiff, based on the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Julie Monroe.  National Board of Review Awards 1998.   Vladimir…

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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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Never Say Never Again (1983)

IRVIN KERSHNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/West Germany, 1983.   TaliaFilm II Productions, Woodcote, Producers Sales Organization.   Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on an original story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, Ian Fleming.   Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.   Produced by Jack Schwartzman.   Music by Michel Legrand.   Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes, Philip Harrison. …

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A Dry White Season (1989)

EUZHAN PALCY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1989.  Davros Films, Star Partners II Ltd., Sundance Productions.  Screenplay by Colin Welland, Euzhan Palcy, based on the novel by Andre P. Brink.  Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn, Kelvin Pike.  Produced by Paula Weinstein.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by John Fenner.  Costume Design by Charles Knode.  Film Editing by Glenn Cunningham, Sam O’Steen.  Academy Awards 1989.  Golden Globe…

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The Day Of The Jackal (1973)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/France, 1973.  John Woolf Productions, Warwick Film Productions, Universal Productions France.  Screenplay by Kenneth Ross,based on the book by Frederick Forsyth.  Cinematography by Jean Tournier.  Produced by John Woolf.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Ernest Archer, Willy Holt.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden, Joan Bridge, Rosine Delamare.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.  …

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Eleni (1985)

PETER YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1985.  CBS Entertainment Production, Eleni Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Tesich, based on the book by Nicholas Gage.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by Nicholas Gage, Mark Pick, Nick Vanoff.  Music by Bruce Smeaton.  Production Design by Roy Walker.  Costume Design by Tom Rand.  Film Editing by Ray Lovejoy. A Greek freedom fighter who was killed for…

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The Mission (1986)

ROLAND JOFFE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1986.  Warner Bros., Goldcrest Films International, Kingsmere Productions Ltd., Enigma Productions, AMLF.  Story and screenplay by Robert Bolt.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Fernando Ghia, David Puttnam.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.   Roland Joffe followed The Killing Fields with this…

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