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. …

Rate this:

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….

Rate this:

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book

BBB.5 (out of 5) Exotic, visually opulent adaptation of the famous children’s book features a more robust Mowgli (Jason Scott Lee) and a wilder adventure than was featured in the Disney version. A young boy is abandoned in the jungle and raised by animals, only to find himself at odds with humanity when civilization starts…

Rate this:

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…

Rate this:

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…

Rate this:

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…

Rate this:

Lady Jane

BBB.5 (out of 5) An impressive performance by a young Helena Bonham Carter, is one of the highlights of this solid period film. She plays Lady Jane Grey, the retiring young woman who was used as a political pawn by her ambitious father to take over the throne of England. Following the death of Henry…

Rate this:

Shadow Of The Vampire

BBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeous film by E. Elias Merhige that fictionalizes the accounts surrounding the filming of F.W. Murnau’s German Expressionist classic Nosferatu. The real production of Nosferatu is still so fraught with myth and mystery that it lends itself perfectly to a film of this sort, and the director has all kinds of…

Rate this:

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…

Rate this:

The Adventures Of Tintin (2011)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/New Zealand, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, WingNut Films, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Hemisphere Media Capital, Nickelodeon Movies.  Screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, based on the comic book series The Adventures of Tintin by Herge.  Produced by Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design…

Rate this:

Days Of Thunder

BB (out of 5) The formula is mighty tired in this completely unoriginal race-car film starring Tom Cruise.  Presumably intended as a project for Cruise to incorporate his love of car racing into his work, the story is basically a rehash of Top Gun: cocky young man is so good at what he does he’s…

Rate this:

Kiss The Girls

BB.5 (out of 5) Routine thriller has Ashley Judd escape the clutches of a serial killer and help a detective (a stalwart Morgan Freeman), who is himself investigating the disappearance of his beloved niece, catch him. Figuring out who is the culprit becomes a pretty easy game of reduction for the audience, but its more stylish…

Rate this: