The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers

BBBB (out of 5) Geoffrey Rush‘s awe-inspiring performance is the main reason to watch this excellent biopic of one of the cinema’s most gifted comedians. Sellers went from obscurely modest fame on England’s television to super stardom after a few good turns in British films led to Blake Edwards casting him as Inspector Closeau in … More The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers

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Shirley Valentine

BBBB (out of 5) Shirley Valentine (Pauline Collins) is a bored British housewife whose husband has the excitement level of an evening breeze. Instead of waiting for him to recognize the adventurer in her, she goes ahead and plans her own trip to Greece, where she hopes to find a new lease on life. “I’m … More Shirley Valentine

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Life Is Sweet

BBBB (out of 5) Fans of Mike Leigh’s brilliant Secrets And Lies should definitely check out this less impressive but still excellent examination of a working-class British family. Mom Alison Steadman (Mrs. Leigh in real life at the time) is trying to keep it together and maybe even inspire the rest of her family to … More Life Is Sweet

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Topsy-Turvy

BBBBB (out of 5) You will not find a more convincing film that depicts the Victorian age: every single time a beautifully crafted character in Mike Leigh’s latest addition to his brilliant oeuvre enters a room, you are swept over with the feeling that someone has pored over every detail of production and costume design. … More Topsy-Turvy

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Secrets And Lies

BBBBB (out of 5) Working from a script Mike Leigh wrote based on his performers’ improvisational work in rehearsals, actors Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste come as close to true-to-life acting as can be expected; you might sometimes feel like you’re watching a documentary. Blethyn plays Cynthia, an aging, working-class white woman who is found by Hortense … More Secrets And Lies

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