One Night In Miami (2020)

REGINA KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2020. ABKCO Films, Snoot Entertainment. Screenplay by Kemp Powers, based on his play. Cinematography by Tami Reiker. Produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Page Buckner, Barry Robison. Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Film Editing by Tariq…

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Our Kind Of Traitor (2016)

SUSANNA WHITE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/France, 2016.  StudioCanal, Film4, Anton Capital Entertainment, Amazon Prime Instant Video, The Ink Factory, Potboiler Productions.  Screenplay by Hossein Amini, based on the novel by John Le Carre.  Cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle.  Produced by Simon Cornwell, Stephen Cornwell, Gail Egan.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Julian…

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The Lady In The Van (2015)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2015.  BBC Films, TriStar Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Bennett, based on his memoir.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.  Golden Globe Awards 2015.  Toronto International Film Festival 2015. Having newly…

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Tea With Mussolini (1999)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy/United Kingdom, 1999.  Cattleya, Cineritmo, Medusa Film, Film and General Productions.  Screenplay by John Mortimer, based on the autobiography by Franco Zeffirelli.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Clive Parsons, Riccardo Tozzi, Giovannella Zannoni.  Music by Stefano Arnaldi, Alessio Vlad.  Production Design by Carlo Centolavigna, Biagio Fersini, Fiorella Mariani.  Costume Design by Anna Anni, Jenny…

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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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Sylvia

CHRISTINE JEFFS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   A sad waste of a great opportunity: Gwyneth Paltrow‘s beautiful work as Sylvia Plath, the poet who inspired a half-century of writers to express themselves in the form of confessional poetry, and Daniel Craig‘s solid turn as her unfaithful cipher of a husband Ted Hughes should have…

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The Madness Of King George (1994)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1994.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Channel Four Films, Close Call Films.  Screenplay by Alan Bennett, based on his play.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn. Produced by Stephen Evans, David Parfitt.  Music by Eliza Thompson.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Sue Honeybourne, Mark Thompson.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.  Academy Awards 1994. …

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The Crucible (1996)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Arthur Miller, based on his play.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Robert A. Miller, David V. Picker.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Costume Design by Bob Crowley.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.  Academy Awards 1996.  Golden Globe Awards 1996.  New York Film Critics Awards 1996.  …

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The Object Of My Affection (1998)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Wendy Wasserstein, based on the novel by Stephen McCauley.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. There’s a feeling of hanging around on a warm,…

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Center Stage (2000)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2000.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Laurence Mark Productions.  Screenplay by Carol Heikkinen.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar. Silly rip-off of Fame that is not helped by bad acting from the leads, an idiotic script…

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The Other Man (2008)

RICHARD EYRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA/United Kingdom, 2008.  Rainmark Films.  Screenplay by Richard Eyre, Charles Wood, based on the short story by Bernhard Schlink.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Frank Doelger, Michael Dreyer, Tracey Scoffield.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Gemma Jackson.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle, Phoebe De Gaye.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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Stage Beauty (2004)

RICHARD EYRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA/Germany, 2004.  Lions Gate Films, Qwerty Films, Tribeca Productions, N1 European Film Produktions GmbH & Co. KG, BBC Films.  Screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on his play Compleat Female Stage Beauty.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Robert De Niro, Hardy Justice, Jane Rosenthal.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by…

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