Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant tuna…

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Allied

BB.5 (out of 5) A Canadian spy (Brad Pitt) working for the British forces during World War II is sent to Casablanca, where he plays house with a French agent (Marion Cotillard) until they can pull off the assassination of a Nazi bigwig.  They do their jobs but they also give into a mutual attraction that…

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Locke

BBB.5 (out of 5) An impressive experiment that pays off, this entire film takes place in the driver’s seat of a car, with the unsurprisingly charismatic Tom Hardy driving to London and leaving destruction in his wake.  En route to the hospital where his child is about to be born, we learn through phone conversations that…

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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2002.  BBC Films, Celador Films, Jonescompany Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Robert Jones, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Hugo Luczyc-Wyshowski.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.  Academy Awards 2003.  Toronto International Film Festival 2003.   Chiwetel Ejiofor is excellent as a Nigerian doctor working…

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Eastern Promises

BB (out of 5) An intriguing title and the reunion of the key figures of A History Of Violence bode well for this thriller-drama that eventually fails on promises in any direction, despite excellent performances and beautiful cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Naomi Watts plays a London doctor who delivers the baby of an unidentified teenager who…

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Amazing Grace

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Here’s a rarity: a sumptuous period piece that takes one back to the age of horse-drawn carriages and candlelit drawing rooms without a single bodice ever being ripped or a handsome nobleman marrying beneath his class. Michael Apted’s best film in years uses the best trappings of period drama (particularly the…

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