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.   Kristin Scott Thomas has just been named England’s Health Minister and has invited a few friends … More The Party (2017)

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Mr. Turner

BBBBB (out of 5) The life and work of J.M.W. Turner are visited in this impressionistic exercise in brilliance by Mike Leigh, here making yet another unforgettably perfect film.  It also marks a return to the Victorian era following his masterful Topsy-Turvy, but where that film was much more concerned with a precise recreation of … More Mr. Turner

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The Love Punch

BBBB (out of 5) A delight from start to finish, this refreshing throwback to classic comedies of remarriage isn’t as smart as Preston Sturges but is definitely as fun.  Emma Thompson, at the zenith of her fresh and funny appeal, and Pierce Brosnan, taking a wonderful jab at his own action man image, play a … More The Love Punch

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The Last Samurai

BBB.5 (out of 5) After participating in a number of Civil War battles (many of which helped decimate the populations of natives in North America), an embittered, drunken veteran (Tom Cruise) follows his superior officers to Japan in search of big money. He has been hired by the emperor to train the country’s army in … More The Last Samurai

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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.  Academy Awards 2009. Yet another academic year at the Hogwarts school … More Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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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.  Seven books, eight … More Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

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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.  Films that began as a series … More Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

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