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 spouse. Gerda uses Einar as a model when the girl she usually employs is unavailable, creating a whimsical joke that goes the … More The Danish Girl

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Mr. Turner

BBBBB (out of 5) The life and work of J.M.W. Turner are visited in this impressionistic exercise in brilliance by Mike Leigh, here making yet another unforgettably perfect film.  It also marks a return to the Victorian era following his masterful Topsy-Turvy, but where that film was much more concerned with a precise recreation of … More Mr. Turner

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Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2002.  United Artists Film Corporation, Hart-Sharp Entertainment, Potboiler Productions.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams, John Hart, Jeffrey Sharp.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.  Golden Globe Awards 2002.   … More Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

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The Iron Lady

BBB (out of 5) A slightly disoriented eighty year-old woman buys milk at a local supermarket and comes home to tell her husband, over breakfast, that the price has gone up and isn’t it appalling? When her housekeeper comes in to check on her, she finds a woman alone, talking to herself, a woman who … More The Iron Lady

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Yanks

BBB (out of 5) ‘The Yanks are overpaid, oversexed and over here!’ were just some of the slogans uttered by British citizens during World War II, when American soldiers were posted in England before shipping out to fight Hitler. Richard Gere, at his dewiest, plays a draftee who is barracked in a peaceful English hamlet … More Yanks

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Jane Eyre (2011)

BBBB (out of 5) It’s not as if Charlotte Brontë’s most eternally celebrated novel has been dramatically underrepresented over the last century: countless adaptations for stage, screen and the tube have been produced, giving fans plenty of options as to preference for tone, narrative edit and cast suitability. While it’s hard to say whether or … More Jane Eyre (2011)

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