Before I Go To Sleep

BB (out of 5) Nicole Kidman wakes up beside Colin Firth and has no idea where she is.  He explains to her that, thanks to an accident years earlier, she has brain damage that causes her to wake up every morning with a clean mental slate, which we know from Memento means that solving mysteries requires organizational…

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102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful to the original animated version of the 60s than its predecessor, Lima keeps the pace going and keeps the action lively. This…

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All Or Nothing

BBBB (out of 5) Mike Leigh returns with yet another incisive and touching look at life among London’s working classes. Bored, middle-aged couple Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville do their best to keep it together while their children live in emotional misery. Their son is a foul-mouthed git who sits on his lazy duff and watches TV…

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Blow Dry

BBB (out of 5) Natasha Richardson discovers she’s dying of a terminal illness and wants to make up for past relationship problems. Her ex-husband (Alan Rickman), still bitter over her leaving him for another woman (Rachel Griffiths) and starting her own salon, abandoned his hopes of winning a hairstyling contest years earlier in which all…

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