Tag Archive: Alexandre Desplat

Alone In Berlin

BB (out of 5) After losing their son in battle, a Berlin couple decide that Nazi ideology is not worth believing in if the cost is to be so high.  He (Brendan Gleeson) continues his work… Continue reading

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Venus In Fur (La Venus a la Fourrure)

BBBB (out of 5) It is no small feat to make a film with just two people in one room and have it be this captivating, but Roman Polanski has managed it. Emmanuelle Seigner… Continue reading

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Florence Foster Jenkins

BBB (out of 5) Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) was a New York socialite who treated her city to her screechy, tone-deaf voice in a now infamous Carnegie Hall concert and one very… Continue reading

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Tale Of Tales (Il Racconto Dei Racconti)

BB.5 (out of 5) Matteo Garrone turns away from the harsh contemporary realities of his recent films and applies his dark style to an adaptation of three fairy tales by seventeenth century storyteller Giambattista Basile.… Continue reading

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The Danish Girl

BB.5 (out of 5) Einar (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda (Alicia Vikander) live happily as husband and wife in 1920s Copenhagen, both painters though she lives under the shadow of her more celebrated and respected… Continue reading

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Zulu

BBB.5 (out of 5) Cape Town police officers Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom are on the case of a girl who has been beaten to death, an investigation that takes them deep into a rabbit… Continue reading

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Unbroken

BBB (out of 5) The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini is that of a life so overwhelmed with adventure that it cannot be contained into one feature film.  Such is proven by… Continue reading

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The Imitation Game

BBBBB (out of 5) A police officer in 1950s London investigates the robbery of the laboratory of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is not dismayed at the event and insists that nothing has… Continue reading

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Godzilla (2014)

BB (out of 5) With the disappointment of the easily fun but canonically unfaithful Roland Emmerich adaptation of 1998 well behind it, the monster from beneath the sea has returned to Pacific shores… Continue reading

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

BBBB (out of 5) Wes Anderson turns to the inspiration of Stefan Zweig for a glimpse of old-world European daintiness filtered through his own precious imagination.  Author Jude Law visits a faded grand hotel… Continue reading

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Seven books, eight movies and a whole heck of a lot of merchandising finally come down to a final adventure featuring the plucky young wizard and his best friends… Continue reading

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1

B.5 (out of 5) Films that began as a series of imaginative adventures have descended into self-important, jargon-spouting fan conventions that defy all manner of patience. This adaptation of half of J.K. Rowling’s… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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The Monuments Men

BB.5 (out of 5) Nazi Germany is destroying life in Europe and threatening to take over the world, and with America’s entry into the war, George Clooney wants to get involved.  The preservation… Continue reading

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Intimate Enemies (L’Ennemi Intime)

BB.5 (out of 5) Algeria struggles for independence and the French colonial power responds by rousing up the troops. The action is centred around a sensitive Lieutenant (Benoît Magimel) who experiences increasing conflict… Continue reading

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Philomena

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Judi Dench scores another home run as Philomena Lee, the truth-life tragedy documented by Martin Sixsmith in a book published in 2009.  Lee was a pregnant teen in the… Continue reading

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The Advocate (The Hour Of The Pig)

BBB (out of 5) In the Middle Ages in France, animals were considered as equally subject to the law as humans were, and therefore the crimes they committed were brought to public trials… Continue reading

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Renoir

BB.5 (out of 5) A bold and fiery young woman shows up at the estate of the now-aged, world-famous painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir after having been tipped off that she could find work there… Continue reading

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The Tree Of Life

BB.5 (out of 5) The generic title of Terence Malick’s family epic reveals generic content as Sean Penn works a highly successful but, presuming from the few scenes at his wealthy mansion, alienating life… Continue reading

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The Golden Compass

BBB.5 (out of 5) The first book in Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy is an exciting, highly imaginative romp with Dakota Blue Richards giving a wonderful performance in the lead.  She plays the centre of a prophecy… Continue reading

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A Better Life

BBB (out of 5) Demian Bichir scrapes together a living as an undocumented worker in Los Angeles, his days spent toiling in other people’s backyards while trying to raise his son (José Julián) and… Continue reading

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Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)

BBBB (out of 5) The name that is now synonymous with the classiest of haute couture had to start somewhere, as we learn from this entertaining biopic by Anne Fontaine. Gabrielle Chanel (Audrey Tautou),… Continue reading

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Julie & Julia

BBB.5 (out of 5) In 1950s Paris, happily married Julia Child (Meryl Streep) accompanies her diplomat husband (Stanley Tucci) to his new posting in the City Of Lights, and finds herself desirous of… Continue reading

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Reality

BBB (out of 5) Matteo Garrone follows Gomorrah with another unsparing look at contemporary life, this time examining the madness of celebrity culture.  Luciano is a Neapolitan fish merchant with an unwavering devotion… Continue reading

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

B (out of 5) Extremely annoyed is how you’ll feel from the opening of this execrable movie, a false and cloying attempt at feel-good post-9/11 drama that is surprisingly made by the director… Continue reading

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Cheri

BBB.5 (out of 5) Michelle Pfeiffer reunites, gloriously, with her Dangerous Liaisons screenwriter Christopher Hampton and director Stephen Frears for this adorable souffle of a film, based on the novel by Colette. She plays… Continue reading

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Carnage

BBBB (out of 5) Roman Polanski is capable of making some pretty impressive, epic level masterpieces (Tess, The Pianist), but is equally adept when it comes time to scale it down and tighten… Continue reading

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The Ghost Writer

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Roman Polanski’s scintillating thriller is the perfect example of his command of atmosphere. Ewan McGregor plays a writer whose career has mainly been spent ghosting the autobiographies of notable… Continue reading

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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

BBBB (out of 5) Southern-style tall-tales, genuine romance and a rich sense of nostalgia permeate this highly engrossing, free adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story of the same name. Benjamin Button (Brad… Continue reading

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The King’s Speech

BBBBB (out of 5) Having suffered from a noticeable stammer for most of his life, the Duke Of York, Prince Albert (Colin Firth) is naturally mortified whenever he is required to deliver speeches… Continue reading

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The Ides Of March

BB.5 (out of 5) This tepid, underwhelming political drama stands on the shoulders of better films without adding anything new. Ryan Gosling is the idealistic assistant to a Democratic campaign manager (Philip Seymour… Continue reading

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Syriana

BB.5 (out of 5) Stephen Gaghan, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Traffic, wants so much to make a film worthy of Steven Soderbergh’s drug-trade classic that he simply photocopies its cinematography and editing and… Continue reading

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A Prophet (Un Prophete)

BBBBB (out of 5) Superb epic that presents a French prison as a microcosm for one man’s coming to power. Tahar Rahim arrives in the slammer after being arrested for his first adult crime… Continue reading

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The Upside Of Anger

BB.5 (out of 5) Imagine if All That Heaven Allows was remade as a contemporary story, with the wealthy housewife being a divorcee instead of a widow and turning to an aging drunk baseball… Continue reading

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Zero Dark Thirty

BBBBB (out of 5) It’s not easy to have a huge breakthrough success and keep the momentum going, so when Kathryn Bigelow did the unexpected by directing the superbly tense The Hurt Locker… Continue reading

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In adapting a book by Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson finds the perfect balance of perspectives as Dahl’s whimsy is convincingly made Anderson’s own, and the story is fine-tuned to towards the… Continue reading

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Moonrise Kingdom

BB.5 (out of 5) Wes Anderson creates another ode to the language of quirk with this disaffected tale of young love between pre-teens. A socially uncomfortable young man spending the summer with Anderson’s… Continue reading

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Rust And Bone (De Rouille Et D’Os)

BB.5 (out of 5) Matthias Schoenaerts arrives in Antibes with his young son after breaking up with his wife, moving in with his grocery store clerk sister and truck driver brother-in-law and searching for… Continue reading

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The Beat That My Heart Skipped (De Battre Mon Coeur S’Est Arrete)

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s hard to continue with your life as a glorified thug when you decide to pursue the high arts. Romain Duris is excellent as a young man who works for… Continue reading

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Argo

BBBB (out of 5) Following the terminally ill Shah’s escape to America and Ayatollah Khomeini’s rise to power over a newly conservative Iran, Americans at the U.S. embassy in 1979 Tehran find themselves… Continue reading

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