Red Joan (2018)

TREVOR NUNN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2018.  Trademark Films.  Screenplay by Lindsay Shapero.  Cinematography by Zac Nicholson.  Produced by David Parfitt.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Cristina Casali.  Costume Design by Charlotte Walter.  Film Editing by Kristina Hetherington.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018.  Aging widow Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) … More Red Joan (2018)

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Speed Racer

B (out of 5) A strong contender for Most Annoying Film Of All Time, adapted from the popular Japanese television series by the Wachowskis to look like a cartoon in live-action form.  What it actually looks like is a late-night commercial that you cannot escape, with constantly overlapping imagery, intentionally false backdrops and queasily colourful interiors occasionally … More Speed Racer

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Imagine Me And You

OL PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2005.  BBC Films, Cougar Films Ltd., Ealing Studios, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Focus Features,  Fragile Films, Minotaur Film Partnership No. 3, RTL, X-Filme Creative Pool.  Screenplay by Ol Parker.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Sophie Balhetchet, Andro Steinborn, Barnaby Thompson.  Music by Alex Heffes.  Production Design by Eve Mavrakis.  Costume Design by Consolata … More Imagine Me And You

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V For Vendetta

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Stepping out into the London night of a futuristic, Orwellian dystopia, Natalie Portman finds herself being harassed by crooked cops for violating a curfew ordinance and is saved from their treachery by a mysterious hero in a Guy Fawkes mask and cape. When England’s ultra-conservative government, the world’s new force after the … More V For Vendetta

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A Merry War (Keep The Aspidistra Flying)

BBB.5 (out of 5) George Orwell’s classic novel Keep The Aspidistra Flying has been transformed into this enjoyable period romp, one that stars Richard E. Grant as an advertising copywriter who decides to quit his comfortable job and try out life as a penniless poet. His artist girlfriend (Helena Bonham Carter) doesn’t want to hamper the … More A Merry War (Keep The Aspidistra Flying)

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The Wings Of The Dove

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Superior adaptation of the Henry James novel has Helena Bonham Carter encourage her secret fiance Linus Roache to feign love for dying heiress Alison Elliott in order for them both to get their hands on her money once the earnest woman dies. What neither of them count on is that they both grow true … More The Wings Of The Dove

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