Spencer (2021)

PABLO LARRAIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Germany/Chile/United Kingdom/USA, 2021. Komplizen Film, Fabula, Shoebox Films, FilmNation Entertainment. Screenplay by Steven Knight. Cinematography by Claire Mathon. Produced by Maren Ade, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Pablo Larraín, Juan de Dios Larrain, Paul Webster. Music by Jonny Greenwood. Production Design by Guy Hendrix Dyas. Costume Design by…

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The Party (2017)

SALLY POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom, 2017.  Adventure Pictures, Oxwich Media.  Screenplay by Sally Potter.  Cinematography by Aleksei Rodionov.  Produced by Kurban Kassam, Christopher Sheppard.  Music by Matt Biffa.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by Jane Petrie.  Film Editing by Emilie Orsini, Anders Refn.  Berlin Film Festival 2017.   Kristin Scott Thomas has just been named England’s Health Minister…

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Mr. Turner (2014)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/France/Germany, 2014.  Film4, Focus Features International, France 3 Cinema, Lipsync Productions, Thin Man Films, Untitled 13, Xofa Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Georgina Lowe.  Music by Gary Yershon.  Production Design by Suzie Davies.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Jon Gregory. Academy Awards 2014.  Cannes Film Festival 2014….

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The Love Punch (2013)

JOEL HOPKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France, 2013.  Process Media, Love Punch, Radar Films, SND Films.  Screenplay by Joel Hopkins.  Cinematography by Jerome Almeras.  Produced by Jean-Charles Levy, Clement Miserez, Tim Perell, Nicola Usborne.  Music by Jean-Michel Bernard.  Production Design by Patrick Durand.  Costume Design by Patricia Colin.  Film Editing by Susan Littenberg.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013.   A delight from start to finish, this…

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The Last Samurai (2003)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2003.  Warner Bros., The Bedford Falls Company, Cruise/Wagner Productions, Radar Pictures.  Story by John Logan, Screenplay by John Logan, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Tom Cruise, Tom Engelman, Marshall Herskovitz, Scott Kroopf, Paula Wagner, Edward Zwick.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Costume Design by Ngila Dickson.  Film…

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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films.  Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman.  Music by Nicholas Hooper.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.   Yet another academic year at the Hogwarts school as the…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2011.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films, Moving Picture Company. Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman, J.K. Rowling.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.  Academy Awards 2011. Screen Actors…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2010.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films.  Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman, J.K. Rowling.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.  Academy Awards 2010.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2010. Washington…

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004)

BRAD SILBERLING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon Movies, Kumar Mobiliengesellschaft mbH & Co. Projekt Nr. 2 KG, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Gordon, based on the books The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window by Daniel Handler.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Jim…

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Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2002.  United Artists Film Corporation, Hart-Sharp Entertainment, Potboiler Productions.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams, John Hart, Jeffrey Sharp.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.   After the…

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Enchanted (2007)

KEVIN LIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Walt Disney Pictures, Josephson Entertainment, Andalasia Productions, Right Coast Productions.  Screenplay by Bill Kelly.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld.  Music by Alan Menken.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Mona May.  Film Editing by Gregory Perler, Stephen A. Rotter.   Amy Adams simply could not be more endearing…

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Chicken Run (2000)

PETER LORD, NICK PARK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2000.  Aardman Animations, DreamWorks Animation, Pathé.  Original Story by Peter Lord, Nick Park, Screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick, additional dialogue by Mark Burton, John O’Farrell.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver, Frank Passingham.  Produced by Peter Lord, Nick Park, David Sproxton.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell.  Production Design by Phil Lewis.  Film…

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