The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Spain, 2016.  Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Crea SGR, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Movistar+, The Queen Picture.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Anne Deluz, Mercedes Gamero, Cristina Huete, Mikel Lejarza.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Juan Pedro de Gaspar.  … More The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

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Glory

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This fantastic Civil War drama looks at the very first African-American regiment in the United States army. It intelligently explores the outside atmosphere that influenced this move on the military’s part as well as going well within the ranks to examine the personal conflicts that happen between many of the soldiers. … More Glory

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The Crush

BB (out of 5) Alicia Silverstone plays a disturbed young woman who fixates on her family’s new boarder (Cary Elwes) to an unhealthy extreme. Actually, she’s not really disturbed, she’s more petty and spoiled, her character in Clueless but without the charm or humour. Elwes walks through the whole film with a dumbfounded look on his … More The Crush

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Liar, Liar

BBBB (out of 5) One of Jim Carrey‘s better comedies is this very funny concept comedy about a young boy who makes a birthday wish that his unreliable lawyer father never tell another fib. Through Hollywood’s frequent use of unexplained magical whimsy, the boy’s wish comes true, and for an effective block of time, Carrey … More Liar, Liar

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Cradle Will Rock

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent ensemble comedy about the real life Red Scare events surrounding the birth and quick disappearance of the Federal Theatre Program in the 1930s, a program designed to bring the great plays of the theatrical stage to Depression-era audiences at affordable prices. The latest production staged by the group and written … More Cradle Will Rock

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Lady Jane (1986)

TREVOR NUNN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1986.  Capital Equipment Leasing, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Chris Bryant, Screenplay by David Edgar.  Cinematography by Derek V. Browne, Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Peter Snell.  Music by Stephen Oliver.  Production Design by Allan Cameron.  Costume Design by Sue Blane, David Perry.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   An impressive performance by a young … More Lady Jane (1986)

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