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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St. Trinian’s

B (out of 5) Ronald Searle’s darkly funny comic panels, which inspired a slew of films in the sixties, have been resurrected in the form of this empty comedy. It is set at a girls’ boarding school beleaguered by bad management and even worse students, where young Talulah Riley is taken to live by her irresponsible…

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Hysteria

BB.5 (out of 5) Constantly frustrating his fellow medical practitioners with his radical ideas about germs and viruses, young idealistic doctor Hugh Dancy finds himself without work on a frequent basis.  His wealthy patron (Rupert Everett) can do little for him, having exhausted all his options to get the man a posting, so Dancy is thrilled…

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Crush (2001)

BBB (out of 5) This enjoyable British romance has so much going for it and then totally lets you down by the end. Andie MacDowell is excellent as an American living in Britain as a school headmistress whose weekly ritual with her two best friends (Imelda Staunton and Anna Chancellor) is to get together and discuss their awful…

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

BBBB (out of 5) The perfect combination: the British dream it up and the Americans pay for it, and all movies should be made this way. Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) wakes up to discover that bulldozers are preparing to demolish his house to make way for a road bypass. Minutes later, the earth itself is…

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Breaking And Entering

BBBB (out of 5) Jude Law is a landscape architect who is devastated when his brand new office is broken into by thugs and all its expensive equipment stolen, including his laptop with personal photos and videos. At home, his wife (Robin Wright) is thoroughly frustrated by her developmentally challenged daughter, for whose care she…

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Tom & Viv

BB (out of 5) Interesting but dramatically weak examination of the relationship between internationally renowned early 20th century poet T.S. Eliot (Willem Dafoe) and his emotionally unbalanced wife Vivian Haigh-Wood (Miranda Richardson). Not long after their hasty marriage, Eliot discovers that his wife has medically untreatable menstrual problems that have a devastating affect on her…

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Four Weddings And A Funeral

BBBBB (out of 5) Hysterical comedy hit from England that launched the careers of most performers involved. Goofy Hugh Grant and his many wacky friends experience the titular events while trying to survive their own relationship landmines in the process. At the first wedding, Grant meets an American visitor (Andie MacDowell showing the worst comedic…

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The Dreamers

BBB (out of 5) Coming-of-age sexuality is dealt with in this enjoyable return to form for Bernardo Bertolucci, resembling the fresh nihilism of his earlier work including Before The Revolution, The Conformist and Last Tango In Paris. It’s 1968 in Paris, and while anxious youths riot in the streets, American student Michael Pitt finds himself…

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The Man Who Knew Too Little

BBBB (out of 5) Bill Murray is delightful in this spry comedic version of The Game that combines British wit and American slapstick with impressive flair. He plays a doltish Blockbuster Video employee who comes to London to visit his industrial mogul brother (Peter Gallagher) on the night that the brother is to make a very…

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Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

B (out of 5) Abysmal sequel to the enjoyable original, this one features none of the charming wit that made the first one so appealing. Back at his old routine of awkward shyness among his peers, Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) is notified by headquarters that he is to be transferred to England for an important…

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