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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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

BB.5 (out of 5) A young woman (Keira Knightley) grows up in British-controlled Jamaica hoping for all the things that “modern” women in period movies long for: a marriage to someone with integrity (i.e. he’s not as rich as her but doesn’t mind), lots of crazy adventure and the chance to reject nasty men. She…

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A World Apart

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Like A Dry White Season, this film illuminates the Anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa, though unlike Euzhan Palcy’s film it is not a conventional thriller. Jodhi May is terrific as a young girl growing up in the sixties whose activist parents (Barbara Hershey, Jeroen Krabbe) inspire anger from their all-white community…

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Unfaithful (2002)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany/France, 2002.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Unfaithful Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, William Broyles Jr., based on the film La Femme Infidele by Claude Chabrol.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by G. Mac Brown, Adrian Lyne.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Brian Morris, Raj…

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Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1990.  Carolco Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin.  Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Brian Morris.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Rolf.   Years after he served in Vietnam, Tim Robbins is trying to put his life together while at the same time outrunning…

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Wimbledon

BB.5 (out of 5) Unremarkable but enjoyable romantic comedy starring a winsome Paul Bettany as an aging (by sports-world standards) tennis pro who is playing the Wimbledon tournament for the last time. After meeting an up-and-coming American player with a serious attitude problem (Kirsten Dunst) and falling in love with her, Bettany’s game suddenly improves and…

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Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

BBB.5 (out of 5) Emily Bronte’s classic novel comes to life in this hauntingly beautiful adaptation by director Peter Kosminsky.  Heathcliff is a poor young orphan who is adopted into the home of a widower and his two children, treated as a servant by his new brother Hindley and becoming the beloved of sister Cathy….

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Another Country

BBB.5 (out of 5) Absorbing drama that looks into a fictionalized account of the life of Guy Bennett, an upper crust Brit who became a spy for communist Russia. As he’s being interviewed by a young reporter, Bennett (played extremely well by a young Rupert Everett) reveals in flashback how his life at his posh…

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The Hunger

BB (out of 5) Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie play a vampire couple who search the underground punk clubs of their urban city for victims with which to enjoy all manner of lethal, carnal pleasures. When she meets sexy young Susan Sarandon, she is immediately smitten and decides to kill Bowie off in order to have this…

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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…

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Angel Heart

BB (out of 5) Private detective Mickey Rourke is approached by a wholly odd Robert De Niro, decked out in long tresses and creepy long nails, to find the whereabouts of a missing musician. Rourke tracks the man down to a hospital before following the trail to New Orleans, where the atmosphere of secret voodoo societies…

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The Commitments

BBBB (out of 5) One of Alan Parker’s most enjoyable films is this fantastic musical about a fictional British band. Robert Arkins plays a keen Irish lad who graduates school and looks about for the next step in his career. He gathers his musician friends, three girls with great voices and, before he knows it, soul…

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