The problem with this is that the entire topic is intrinsically very subjective and production-specific - it's hard to know what you want, and how that's best achieved on any given show.
In my experience, though, when people ask for things to "look like film", what they're actually asking for is for it to look appropriate.
I've commonly shown people this image
and asked them to say which images they think are film and which are video. I won't drag this out by asking that here - the only images which are film are the top left two - the rest of it is graded video. Some people can tell, some can't, but I've had a really alarming number of people who waxed lyrical about how they wanted a "film look" view those pictures and tell me that's what they wanted, as if they're all in anything even remotely like the same style!
So, without knowing what you're after, it's hard to advise, but in general I tend to underexpose quite a bit, grade it back up in postproduction, and take a very keen interest in production design. There is no magic technique that will take a bad-looking scene and make it look great, and people frequently forget that the easiest way to make a scene look - say - green is to shoot green objects (we used to get asked this a lot after Saving Private Ryan
and The Matrix
became popular, with their greenish look). Camerawork begins with choice of subject, and in the current world of pretty good cheap cameras, the inevitable expense of production design can be a considerably greater barrier to nice pictures. I don't think it's any great conceit to say that the stuff I've shot that I'm most pleased with was filmed in circumstances that I controlled myself, so I could pick locations, props and costume. It all begins in front of the lens. Lighting, filtration, choice of lens, camera settings and grading can and should support
the way things look, but in general they cannot do more than that unless applied with a very heavy hand. My experience of low-budget productions is that if they don't look good, it is because they fail to understand this.