Speaking Of Bunuel

BBBB (out of 5) Original title:  A Proposito De Bunuel Alternate title:  Regarding Bunuel Wonderful documentary that captures both the fascinating personality and the superb work of the greatest filmmaker of all time, Luis Bunuel.  Touching on aspects of his personal life, we enjoy glimpses into his early forays in filmmaking that led to such milestone classics…

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June Night

BBB (out of 5) Original title:  Juninatten This was the last film that Ingrid Bergman made before leaving Sweden and coming to Hollywood, and along with A Woman’s Face is the easiest to find of all her Swedish films. She plays a small town girl who gets romantically attached to a sailor who turns madly jealous when…

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Ocean Flame

BBB (out of 5) Original title:  Yi Ban Hai Shui, Yi Ban Huo Yan A pimp gets out of jail and, following a nasty encounter with a business rival, meets a sexy waitress with whom he begins a violent affair. The two of them go back and forth between abusive conflicts and hot, torrid sex until…

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The Milk Of Sorrow

BBBB (out of 5) Original title:  La Teta Asustada It doesn’t happen very often that the protagonist of a film walks around with a potato in her vagina for protection; when it does, I suppose the novelty alone demands that the film be viewed. In the case of Claudia Llosa’s fascinating drama, however, there’s much more…

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The Atomic Cafe

BBB (out of 5) Interesting, almost comical look at the age of nuclear terror. It begins with the dropping of the A-bomb at the end of World War I, to the nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll, through to the Cold War and the culture of fear that dominated the fifties and sixties. Pro-American, anti-Communist propaganda…

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Mulligans

CHIP HALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.    A couple welcome their son and his best friend to their west coast summer home in beautiful British Columbia, the boys returning from college to work a job at a golf course.  Son Tyler begins to get his fill of the local girls almost immediately, while best friend…

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

BBB.5 (out of 5) This two-part film, originally slated to be released as two separate features, revolves around one occurrence, the dissolution of a relationship between a man and a woman following the death of their infant.  In the first part, “Him”, James McAvoy fills the empty spaces of his apartment and his failing bar by…

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200 American

0 (out of 5) Giving the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold tale a male spin doesn’t make it any less familiar. In fact, in no particular way does it ever get much more painful than this less-than-zero budget, straight-to-video indie flick, which will only have marginal appeal to a gay audience (and even then will still require a lot…

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Connie And Carla

BB.5 (out of 5) Two friends since childhood (Nia Vardalos, who also wrote the script, and Toni Collette), live for the day when they’ll fulfill their big dreams of making it to the top of the show-biz heap: dinner theatre! While paying their dues in an airport lounge, they witness a mafia murder and decide…

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Palais Royal

B.5 (out of 5) Disappointingly anodyne comedy directed, co-written by and starring the fabulous Valerie Lemercier. She plays the wife to the prince of France whose life of relative obscurity and normality is upended when her father-in-law dies, her brother-in-law is made ineligible to the throne because of his being unmarried, and her own husband…

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Patrik Age 1.5

ELLA LEMHAGEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Original title:  Patrik 1,5 Goran and Sven are a happily married couple who move to a gorgeously Stepford-esque suburban neighbourhood and set up shop for an impending arrival: their first child. Adoption of a baby is tricky as none of the third-world countries with an overabundance of orphaned children…

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The Crown Jewels

ELLA LEMHAGEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Kronjuvelerna Lushly melodramatic film that begins with a young woman being arrested for the murder of the son of her town’s richest citizen. In lockup, she recounts her life growing up with her eccentric father, patient mother and mentally challenged brother, who was always the object of…

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