The Happy Prince (2018)

RUPERT EVERETT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018.  Maze Pictures, Entre Chien et Loup, Palomar, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Robert Fox Limited, BBC Films, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Daryl Prince Productions, Heimatfilm, Raindog Films.  Screenplay by Rupert Everett.  Cinematography by John Conroy.  Produced by Sebastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze.  Music by Gabriel…

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The Model Couple (Le Couple Temoin)

BBB (out of 5) The “Ministry of Future” selects a married couple to be examined up close for data collection purposes: their eating habits, the length of time they spend making love, and their various emotional states while going through daily rituals. André Dussollier and Anémone are overseen by a pushy director who isn’t above coming into…

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Grace Of Monaco (Princess Grace)

BB.5 (out of 5) The film’s opening disclaimer of being a fictional story based on factual events should mean that we get a similar experience to The Queen, a film that uses a real personality (in this case, movie star turned princess Grace Kelly) to investigate a broader theme. Sadly, this is not an intelligent…

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The Tenant

BB (out of 5) Roman Polanski scores a rare misfire with this unintelligible thriller. He stars as a man who shows up at a Parisian apartment building looking for a vacancy, which he learns is available because the previous renter threw herself out a window and is dying in the hospital. Once he moves in he…

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La Vie de Boheme (1992)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Germany/Sweden/Finland, 1992.  Sputnik, Pyramide Productions, Films A2, Pandora Filmproduktion, Svenska Filminstitutet, Canal+, Sofinergie 2, Centre National De La Cinematographie.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki, based on the novel Scenes de la Vie de Boheme by Henri Murger.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Klaus Heydemann, Aki Kaurismaki.  Production Design by John Ebden.  Costume Design by Simon Murray.  Film Editing by Veikko…

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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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Brotherhood Of The Wolf (Le Pacte Des Loups)

BBBB (out of 5) Samuel Le Bihan plays a libertine and philosopher of sorts who arrives at a tiny village in the countryside of 17th century France and hears stories of a giant wolf that is terrorizing the women and children of the area but going nowhere near the men. Le Bihan and his bloodbrother…

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La Vie En Rose (La Mome)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) If love is a battlefield, life was nothing but war for Edith Piaf, and singing was her weapon of choice. This riveting biopic by Olivier Dahan covers the majority of Piaf’s life and career, from her difficult childhood being raised in a brothel by her grandmother, through to her being discovered…

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Inglourious Basterds

BBB.5 (out of 5) There’s a scene, relatively early on in this picture, when a member of the titular special elite force of Jewish American soldiers secretly operating in Germany finishes his killing of a soldier by scalping him in graphic detail for the camera to see. Director Quentin Tarantino is letting the audience know…

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Ready To Wear (Pret-A-Porter)

BBB (out of 5) There are reasons to not miss this Robert Altman comedy and reasons to completely avoid it. The all-star lineup of international names makes it a must see, but the painfully bad script will turn even the least discerning viewer off. It all takes place in the world of fashion, when Parisian designers…

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