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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The Magdalene Sisters

BBB.5 (out of 5) Three Irish Catholic women in 1962 are sent to Magdalene laundries for various reasons, all of which involve religious intolerance of female sexuality: one is a rape victim who is attacked by her cousin, confesses to her family and is immediately put away to hide their shame, another a girl who … More The Magdalene Sisters

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The Butcher Boy

BB (out of 5) Unappealing drama from Neil Jordan about a ruthlessly militant boy (an excellent Eamonn Owens) who terrorizes his neighbourhood in an attempt to promote his personal (and weird) philosophies on life. Though it takes place in lush 50s Ireland, this is no Angela’s Ashes: some might be amused by the film’s excessive … More The Butcher Boy

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Angela’s Ashes (1999)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Ireland, 1999.  David Brown Productions, Dirty Hands Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Laura Jones, Alan Parker, based on the book by Frank McCourt.  Cinematography by Chris Connier, Michael Seresin.  Produced by David Brown, Alan Parker, Scott Rudin.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by … More Angela’s Ashes (1999)

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Agnes Browne

BBBB.5 Based on Brendan O’Carroll’s novel The Mammy, this lyrically touching film displays Anjelica Huston‘s phenomenal talent as both actor and director. She stars as the title character, an Irish mother who is left to raise seven children when her husband dies. With these kids in her charge, and her own personal well-being to consider, … More Agnes Browne

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