Richard III (1955)

BBBB (out of 5) Once you get over the silly fake nose and wig that seems to come out of an episode of The Smurfs, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Laurence Olivier‘s full-blooded performance as the title character of Shakespeare’s bloody play. Olivier also directs this excellent production, filmed in gorgeous colour with a fantastic cast that…

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La Ronde

BBB (out of 5) Max Ophuls adapts Arthur Schnitzler’s play to delightful effect in this beautiful film. It begins with Anton Walbrook playing host to the audience, setting the scene in turn-of-the-century Vienna and popping up between scenes as various characters in order to facilitate the many crazy love affairs that are displayed.  Each scene…

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Le Plaisir

BBB (out of 5) Max Ophuls adapts three Guy De Maupassant stories for an aesthetically pleasing film that whiles away the time with its beauty and delicacy. All set in the nineteenth century, the first story is a short prologue about an old man who deals with age by masking himself as someone younger and…

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

BBBB (out of 5) Comedic romp through the world of con artists is the lighter sibling to The Grifters.  Michael Caine plays a world class con man who swindles royals out of their jewels with fake sob stories until he meets his match in small-time grifter Steve Martin.  The two of them realize that the coastal…

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Wreck-It Ralph

BB.5 (out of 5) Did you know that the characters in video games get together after work when the arcade closes? It’s kind of like how toys come to life when you’re not playing with them, or cars have a society of their own in a parallel universe that strangely doesn’t have humans to create…

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Fantastic continuation of the equally enjoyable predecessor, this time with an environmentally-minded message at its centre. On their way home from saving Spock, the crew of the Starship Enterprise (still aboard the Klingon vessel that they acquired in Part III) intercept a distress call that they can’t understand, directed at earth from…

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The Daytrippers

BBBB (out of 5) Droll New York comedy about happy housewife Hope Davis, who sees husband Stanley Tucci off to work one morning and accidentally finds a love letter that he leaves behind, written to him by a person she does not know. Deciding to find out who it is that’s writing affectionate odes to her…

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Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love

BB.5 (out of 5) Sumptuously photographed but emotionally flat love story based in Indian folklore. A servant girl named Maya is brought up in the house of princess Tara until she is rejected by her mistress (Sarita Choudhury) when Tara’s new prince husband (Naveen Andrews) has sex with Maya on their wedding night. Having to…

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Georgy Girl

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Bridget Jones fans will definitely love this influential and inspired film. It stars a fabulous Lynn Redgrave as an eternally optimistic girl with a bouncy personality and a constant sense that she’s just a few steps off rhythm from everyone else. Her life is influenced by her more callous best friend (Charlotte…

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After The Battle (Baad El Mawkeaa)

BB.5 (out of 5) The events in Tahrir Square in the spring of 2011 set the stage for a plot encompassing romance and politics when well-meaning advertising employee Reem gets involved with a poor guide who makes his living taking tourists around on his horse. The guide, Mahmoud, participated in the demonstrations at the Square and…

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Tabu: A Story Of The South Seas

BBB.5 (out of 5) Boasting a cast of ‘mostly South Seas natives, half-castes and a few Chinese’, this South Pacific romance began as a collaboration between ‘documentary’ filmmaker Robert Flaherty and expressionistic auteur F.W. Murnau. The directors’ opposing styles drove them apart not along after production began, leaving a curious combination of Flaherty’s pseudo-anthropological triptychs…

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