Red Joan (2018)

TREVOR NUNN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2018.  Trademark Films.  Screenplay by Lindsay Shapero.  Cinematography by Zac Nicholson.  Produced by David Parfitt.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Cristina Casali.  Costume Design by Charlotte Walter.  Film Editing by Kristina Hetherington.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018.  Aging widow Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) … More Red Joan (2018)

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How To Talk To Girls At Parties (2017)

JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Little Punk, See-Saw Films.  Screenplay by Philippa Goslett, John Cameron Mitchell, based on the short story by Neil Gaiman.  Cinematography by Frank G. DeMarco.  Produced by Iain Canning, Howard Gertler, John Cameron Mitchell, Emile Sherman.  Music by Nico Muhly, Jamie Stewart.  Production Design by Helen Scott.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film … More How To Talk To Girls At Parties (2017)

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The Lady In The Van

BBBB (out of 5) Having newly found his footing as a playwright on the London stage, Alan Bennett (portrayed with effortless delight by Alex Jennings) moves into a fashionable house in Camden and immediately discovers once of its dubious charms: an elderly, not perpetually stable woman (Maggie Smith) who is rank in odor and often in … More The Lady In The Van

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The History Boys

BBB.5 (out of 5) Though its stage origins are quite obvious, this ride through the world of high-level academia is worth seeing for the smooth performances by the play’s original cast members (who don’t come off in any way theatrical) and the exceptional dialogue by Alan Bennett, here adapting his work for the screen. The … More The History Boys

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Bright Young Things

BBB (out of 5) Delightful adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies, and a promising directorial debut by actor Stephen Fry. Stephen Campbell Moore is wonderful as a London journalist and impoverished aristocrat who travels the 1930s party circuit with his posh girlfriend (Emily Mortimer), hoping to marry her as soon as he has enough money. The … More Bright Young Things

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The Bank Job

BBBB (out of 5) Roger Donaldson’s marvelously entertaining heist film never feels like you’ve seen it all before, despite the familiarity of its trappings. Based (loosely) on a true story, it stars Jason Statham as a financially frustrated car dealer who has the opportunity to save himself when a gorgeous former associate of his (Saffron … More The Bank Job

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A Good Woman

BBB (out of 5) Underwhelming but passable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s superb play Lady Windermere’s Fan.  Scarlett Johansson is awkwardly cast as the naïve, breathless heroine (now an American financier’s wife instead of a British aristocrat) who gets wind that her husband (Mark Umbers) is having an affair with an older, scandalous woman (Helen Hunt) during … More A Good Woman

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