The Happy Prince (2018)

RUPERT EVERETT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018.  Maze Pictures, Entre Chien et Loup, Palomar, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Robert Fox Limited, BBC Films, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Daryl Prince Productions, Heimatfilm, Raindog Films.  Screenplay by Rupert Everett.  Cinematography by John Conroy.  Produced by Sebastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze.  Music by Gabriel…

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Selma (2014)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Cloud Eight Films, Celador Films, Harpo Films, Pathe, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Webb.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey.  Music by Jason Moran.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.  Academy Awards 2014.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.   By 1964, the…

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The Green Hornet

BB.5 (out of 5) Seth Rogen attempts a different kind of superhero movie by injecting his loveable-loser brand of humour into the action genre, but with minimal results. Between his unintelligent script that trades mainly in blockheaded clichés, and the absent direction by Michel Gondry, the film is a tidy and bland tale of, what…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2014.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, American Empirical Pictures, TSG Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions.  Story by Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness, Screenplay by Wes Anderson, inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Adam…

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Girl With A Pearl Earring

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A young Dutch girl (Scarlett Johansson) from an impoverished family is sent to work as a maid in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer in 17th century Holland. She is immediately treated with ignorance from the lady of the house (Essie Davis) and cruelty from one of the painter’s children (Alakina…

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In The Name Of The Father

BBBB (out of 5) True story of Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis), a young man who moved to London from Ireland in his youth and ended up being blamed for an IRA bombing that he had nothing to do with. He and his father Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite), two of his friends and his aunt are put…

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Rush Hour

BBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most fun action films to come out in a long while is the successful pairing of fast-talking L.A. cop Chris Tucker and martial arts-fighting Hong Kong supercop Jackie Chan investigating a kidnapping of a Chinese dignitary’s daughter. Brett Ratner keeps it up at lightning speed and the gorgeous production design…

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The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002)

B (out of 5) It is quite obvious from watching this hideous adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s signature comedy play that it has been directed by someone who doesn’t in any way understand the material he’s working with. Of course, this should come as no surprise since director Oliver Parker has previously mangled Wilde (his An…

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Batman Begins (2005)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2005.  Warner Bros., Syncopy, DC Comics, Patalex III Productions Limited.  Story by David S. Goyer, Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Larry J. Franco, Lorne Orleans, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas.  Music by James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan…

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2011.  Blueprint Pictures.  Screenplay by Ol Parker, based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Louise Stjernsward.  Film Editing by Chris Gill.  Golden Globe Awards 2011. A sterling cast more than makes…

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The Ghost And The Darkness

BBBB (out of 5) Terrifying thriller that plays like a land-bound Jaws has Val Kilmer as a 19th century engineer who travels to the wilds of Africa to oversee the building of a British bridge. Bickering workers of different cultures resist the project, but they are nothing compared to the setback of two flesh-eating lions that…

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

BBBB.5 (out of 5) After a horrific break-up with his scatterbrained girlfriend (Kate Winslet), Jim Carrey discovers that she has had a medical procedure on her brain to make her forget him, so in the spirit of revenge he does the same. When two lab technicians (Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood) show up to perform the…

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