Category Archive: BAFTA 1984

Ghostbusters (Ghost Busters)

BBBB (out of 5) After three scientists (Bill Murray, who is terrific, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) investigating supernatural phenomena are fired from their university and have their grants taken away, they set up… Continue reading

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Another Country

BBB.5 (out of 5) Absorbing drama that looks into a fictionalized account of the life of Guy Bennett, an upper crust Brit who became a spy for communist Russia. As he’s being interviewed… Continue reading

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Swann In Love (Un Amour De Swann)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sometimes flat but often engrossing adaptation of Marcel Proust’s novel, directed by Academy Award-winner Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum). Jeremy Irons plays an aristocrat in 19th-century Paris who won’t let… Continue reading

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A Sunday In The Country (Un Dimanche A La Campagne)

BBBB (out of 5) An aging painter lives in the countryside of France and is visited every Sunday by his hard-working son, his daughter-in-law and their children. This particular Sunday there is also… Continue reading

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Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes

BBBB (out of 5) I haven’t seen enough Tarzan movies to say for sure that this one is the best, but it should definitely rank in the top five. Christopher Lambert plays the man who… Continue reading

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The Return Of Martin Guerre (Le Retour De Martin Guerre)

BBBBB (out of 5) Every once in a while you get a film whose various elements are so beautifully in tune with each other that watching it is akin to listening to a… Continue reading

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Carmen

BBBB (out of 5) Carlos Saura’s fascination with Latin dances gets an excellent showcase in this beautiful film adaptation of Prosper Merimee’s novel and Bizet’s opera. Antonio Gades, who starred in and choreographed… Continue reading

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The Dresser

BBBBB (out of 5) Ronald Harwood adapts his hit Broadway play with mesmerizing results, despite making very few adjustments to the original stage setting. A heartily devoted dresser (Tom Courtenay) pushes, prods, cajoles,… Continue reading

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The Killing Fields

BBBBB (out of 5) Right up there with Missing among the handful of brilliant political thrillers made in the early 80s. Sam Waterston plays Sydney Schanberg, whose writings for the New York Times… Continue reading

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The Big Chill

BBBB (out of 5) Yuppies in the early eighties all flocked to this film, Lawrence Kasdan’s most famous work, probably because it made them all feel like their passage from rebellious youth to… Continue reading

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Silkwood

BBBB (out of 5) Meryl Streep proved that elegant period pieces weren’t the only thing she could shine in when she appeared in this devastating, fact-based drama. She plays real-life Karen Silkwood, an… Continue reading

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The Hit

BBBB.5 (out of 5) British criminal Terence Stamp goes into witness protection in Spain after ratting on a fellow gangster and his buddies. Now living the high life in seclusion, his idyll is disturbed… Continue reading

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Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

BBB.5 (out of 5) Long considered the worst of the Indiana Jones trilogy, this is still a grand adventure that is fun to watch over and over again. In this installment, Jones agrees… Continue reading

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The Bostonians

BBBB (out of 5) Henry James’s novel is given first-class treatment by the team of Merchant Ivory. Vanessa Redgrave plays the leader of a group of nineteenth-century Americans dedicated to the advancement of… Continue reading

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Paris, Texas

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Wim Wenders’ American family saga may at first seem dry and uninteresting, but give it a chance and you’ll have warmed up to it thoroughly by the end. It’s… Continue reading

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Terms Of Endearment

BBB.5 (out of 5) Like Kramer Vs. Kramer, this moving drama is a straightforward, honestly emotional account of the ups and downs of family relationships.  Shirley MacLaine shines as a commanding Texas matriarch whose… Continue reading

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Gorky Park

BB.5 (out of 5) Unmotivating thriller tries to arouse interest in its audience by promising a look at the politics behind the Iron Curtain but is really just a routine police drama. William… Continue reading

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Broadway Danny Rose

BBBBB (out of 5) This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab in the middle of his greatest successes of the eighties. He plays a small-time talent agent who… Continue reading

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