Blithe Spirit (2020)

EDWARD HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B United Kingdom, 2020. Fred Films, Powderkeg Pictures, Align, British Lion Films, IPG Media Pty, StudioCanal UK. Screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard, Piers Ashworth, based on the play by Noel Coward. Cinematography by Ed Wild. Produced by Hilary Bevan Jones, Meg Leonard, Martin Metz, Nick Moorcroft, Toni…

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The War Zone (1999)

TIM ROTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Italy/United Kingdom, 1999.  Channel Four Films, Fandango, Mikado Film, Portobello Pictures.  Screenplay by Alexander Stuart, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Dixie Linder, Sarah Radclyffe.  Music by Simon Boswell.  Production Design by Michael Carlin.  Costume Design by Mary-Jane Reyner.  Film Editing by Trevor Waite.   Independent Spirit Awards 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   …

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Cousin Bette (1998)

DES McANUFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Lynn Siefert, Susan Tarr, based on the novel by Honore de Balzac.  Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula.  Produced by Sarah Radclyffe.  Music by Simon Boswell.  Production Design by Hugo Luczyc-Wyshowski.  Costume Design by Gabriella Pescucci.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar, Barry Alexander Brown.   Critics and audiences unfortunately ignored this…

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This Year’s Love (1999)

DAVID KANE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1999.  Entertainment Film Distributors, Kismet Film Company.  Screenplay by David Kane.  Cinematography by Robert Alazraki.  Produced by Michele Camarda, Simon Scotland.  Music by Simon Boswell.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Sean Barton.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Dull retread of multi-casted romances about a bunch of British singletons…

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William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)

MICHAEL HOFFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  Italy/United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Taurus Film, Panoramica.  Screenplay by Michael Hoffman, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Michael Hoffman, Leslie Urdang.  Music by Simon Boswell.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Gabriella Pescucci.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Uneven adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic…

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There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble

BBB (out of 5) The lovely Gina McKee gives a standout performance as the single mother to young Jimmy Grimble, who wishes to overcome his adolescent angst by being a soccer star. Naturally, there are bullies. Naturally, he overcomes them.  Along the way you as an audience member are treated to some very warm characterizations, genuine…

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Shallow Grave (1994)

DANNY BOYLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1994.  Channel Four Films, The Glasgow Film Fund, Figment Films.  Screenplay by John Hodge.  Cinematography by Brian Tufano. Produced by Andrew Macdonald.  Music by Simon Boswell.  Production Design by Kave Quinn.  Costume Design by Kate Carin.  Film Editing by Masahiro Hirakubo.   Three flatmates advertise for a fourth roommate and take on what they think…

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