The Pirates Of Penzance

BBB (out of 5) Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-known operetta comes to the big screen with its score almost virtually intact and most the stars of its Broadway revival reprising their roles. Rex Smith (yes, the Solid Gold Rex Smith) plays a young pirate who comes of age and decides to abandon his criminal ways for the…

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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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Quills

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent drama about the Marquis de Sade’s influence on the keepers and inmates of the madhouse Charenton, where he spent his last days after being declared criminally insane by French authorities. Geoffrey Rush lives it up as the Marquis, and Kate Winslet is letter-perfect as the charwoman he adores for her innocence….

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