Tag Archive: Antonio Banderas

Puss In Boots

BBB (out of 5) The adorable sidekick who stole scenes from the sequels to Shrek is given his own film, in an adventure that provides the back story leading up to his first… Continue reading

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Two Much

BB.5 (out of 5) Antonio Banderas plays an art gallery owner who needs to work up the odd scam to keep paintings moving out of his store: he attends funerals and pretends that the… Continue reading

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Frida

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The life and awe-inspiring work of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo has been a project on the plate of many a celebrity in the last decades: Madonna’s efforts to make… Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time In Mexico

BB.5 (out of 5) The events of Desperado have now been followed up by a grandly filmed sequel, with Antonio Banderas returning as the guitar-slinging gunman and Salma Hayek making a brief appearance… Continue reading

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Spy Kids 2: Island Of Lost Dreams

BBB.5 (out of 5) In this delightful sequel to the equally fun original, little spies Carmen and Juni find themselves trapped on an island with a mad scientist who may or may not… Continue reading

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Spy Kids

BBB.5 (out of 5) Parents will undoubtedly approve of this extremely enjoyable kids’ romp that features no excessive violence, foul language or scary scenes. Newcomers Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara play two regular… Continue reading

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Desperado

BBB.5 (out of 5) Director Robert Rodriguez virtually remade his debut independent film El Mariachi when its success allowed him a genuine budget to work with. Antonio Banderas is the guitar-playing gunslinger who… Continue reading

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The Body

BBB.5 (out of 5) Clever, involving thriller that raises many questions and deals with them a bit too patly, but not overly so.  Antonio Banderas plays an El Salvadorean Catholic priest with a military… Continue reading

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Madonna: Truth Or Dare

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This fascinating documentary takes you behind the scenes of pop icon Madonna‘s 1990 Blond Ambition tour:  her dancers are interviewed, her family is examined, and the icon herself does… Continue reading

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Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever

BB (out of 5) Unimpressive action film treads all the same material covered by countless films before it. Antonio Banderas plays an embittered FBI agent who still hasn’t gotten over losing his wife to… Continue reading

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Of Love And Shadows

B (out of 5) If you thought Bille August’s adaptation of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits was bad, wait until you see this stinker. Atrociously written and directed, this screen… Continue reading

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Shrek The Third

BBB.5 (out of 5) You’d think that the pop culture references and jabs at traditional childhood fairy tales would have gotten old by the third installment, but this second sequel to the surprise… Continue reading

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Evita

BBBB (out of 5) Madonna couldn’t be better suited to playing the mysterious first lady of Argentina, whose life was cut short at the young age of 33 by cancer. Andrew Lloyd Webber… Continue reading

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Imagining Argentina

BB (out of 5) It would probably be a misfire even if you had never seen a movie before, but given how many superior films have been made on a similar subject, this… Continue reading

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Never Talk To Strangers

BB (out of 5) Positively ludicrous sex thriller about a criminal psychologist (Rebecca De Mornay) who hooks up with a hunky Latin lover (Antonio Banderas) after he picks her up at the grocery… Continue reading

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The Mambo Kings

BBBB (out of 5) Sturdy, enjoyable adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is best remembered for its introducing sexy Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas to English-speaking cinema. He and Armand Assante play Cuban musicians… Continue reading

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Take The Lead

BB.5 (out of 5) Antonio Banderas stars in this tired retread of Dangerous Minds, Mad Hot Ballroom, Strictly Ballroom, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Shall We Dance, Music Of The Heart, To Sir With… Continue reading

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Miami Rhapsody

BBB (out of 5) I love Sarah Jessica Parker’s nebbish routine in this very funny Miami-set romance, about a young woman who has just gotten engaged to be married to her sweet boyfriend… Continue reading

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The 13th Warrior

BBBB (out of 5) This film was ready for the summer of 1998 but creative wars between the director and writer/producer Michael Crichton (upon whose novel Eaters of the Dead the film is… Continue reading

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The Other Man

B.5 (out of 5) Laura Linney is a highly successful shoe designer who lives a happy life with husband Liam Neeson. The film begins with her having just had another success on the… Continue reading

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Assassins

BB.5 (out of 5) Routine thriller with Sylvester Stallone as a hit man locked on to the idea of retiring when a new kid on the block (Antonio Banderas) decides to keep him in… Continue reading

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Femme Fatale

BBB.5 (out of 5) Rebecca Romijn-Stamos starts the film off as a jewel thief who pulls a major heist during the 2001 Cannes Film Festival (during a hilarious reconstruction of the East-West premiere… Continue reading

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I’m So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros)

BBB.5 (out of 5) A careless mistake by two airport employees (goofily funny cameos by Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas) results in a flight from Spain to Mexico needing to make an emergency… Continue reading

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Original Sin

BB (out of 5) Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas star as cursed lovers who meet when she arrives at his plantation on a Caribbean island as a mail-order bride.  Expecting a plainer woman, Antonio is thrilled… Continue reading

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Philadelphia

BBB.5 (out of 5) A big-budget Hollywood film finally tackles the issue of AIDS for the first time; brave, yes, but it’s still just another Hollywood movie where gay men only hug so… Continue reading

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Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

BBBB (out of 5) Marvelous vampire horror film adapted by Anne Rice from her hugely popular novel. A modern-day reporter (Christian Slater) in San Francisco sits down with a 400 year-old vampire (Brad… Continue reading

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The Mask Of Zorro

BB.5 (out of 5) Enjoyable but bombastically loud update of the popular Zorro legend which hasn’t been seen legitimately on screen since Tyrone Power in the 40s (George Hamilton doesn’t count).  Antonio Banderas… Continue reading

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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

0.5 (out of 5) What a piece of crap. Robert Rodriguez has really let all the air out of his otherwise enjoyable franchise about the two pint-sized agents who save the world from… Continue reading

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Crazy In Alabama

BBB.5 (out of 5) Melanie Griffith is absolutely wonderful in this offbeat comedy directed by first-timer Antonio Banderas. She plays a free-spirited woman who rids herself from her abusive husband by chopping off his… Continue reading

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The House Of The Spirits

BB.5 (out of 5) Unfortunate waste of an excellent possibility. Isabel Allende’s epic novel has been turned into a melodrama of confusion by Danish director Bille August, a filmmaker who should never have… Continue reading

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Searching For Debra Winger

BBB.5 (out of 5) Alternately fascinating and disappointingly shallow, this terrific concept has Rosanna Arquette interviewing successful women in Hollywood about being female in the male-dominated movie business. Her inspiration was the news that… Continue reading

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Four Rooms

0 (out of 5) Here’s an all-time low in film comedy, and there are four directors responsible for it. Alexandre Rockwell, Allison Anders, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have all written and directed… Continue reading

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You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

BB.5 (out of 5) Woody Allen’s heart is light in this forgettable tale of love among modern day Londoners. Naomi Watts is superb as a beleaguered woman whose art history degree has gotten her… Continue reading

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The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Precise, disturbing and elegant psychological thriller from Pedro Almodovar, who moves away from the melodramatic depths of previous works to show himself a master filmmaker equally adept at using… Continue reading

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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Atame!)

BBBB (out of 5) Pedro Almodovar really pulls out all the stops for this romantic comedy. Antonio Banderas (who has never been more attractive, before or since) plays a recently released mental patient who… Continue reading

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Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres Al Borde De Un Ataque De Nervios)

BBBB (out of 5) Pedro Almodovar’s reputation as filmmaker became an art-household name when this delightful comedy was released to great acclaim. It stars the fabulous Carmen Maura as an actress whose life… Continue reading

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Law Of Desire (La Ley Del Deseo)

BBB.5 (out of 5) As with Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! three years later, this Pedro Almodovar film features explicit eroticism coupled with zesty characters and real romance.  Eusebio Poncela plays a Madrid… Continue reading

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Matador

BBBB (out of 5) Upon release, this was Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar’s most serious and complex film yet, and it still packs a punch. Telling a multi-plotted story, it revolves around an ex-bullfighter… Continue reading

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Labyrinth Of Passion (Laberinto De Pasiones)

BB (out of 5) This campy comedy by Pedro Almodovar isn’t as boring as Dark Habits would be a year later, but is still a far cry from the much better films that… Continue reading

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Shrek 2

BBBB (out of 5) Returning from their honeymoon, Shrek (Mike Myers) and Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) are greeted by an invitation from her parents to come to the kingdom of Far, Far Away… Continue reading

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