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. …

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Avanti!

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5. Italy/USA, 1972.  Jalem Productions, The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions, Produzioni Europee Associate.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Samuel A. Taylor.  Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Production Design by Ferdinando Scarfiotti.  Costume Design by Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Golden Globe Awards 1972.   Jack Lemmon shows up in…

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The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes

BB (out of 5) Rare and unfortunate misfire from Billy Wilder.  Robert Stephens and Colin Blakely are terrific as the ever-famous Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, character creations of Arthur Conan Doyle who have been intoxicating readers with their sleuthing for more than a century. In this adventure, Holmes is enveloped into the mystery of a missing…

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Bunny Lake Is Missing

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A young American woman (Carol Lynley), newly arrived in England, drops her daughter off at a primary school for her first day of lessons. When she shows up at the end of the day to pick little Bunny up, she finds that not only is her daughter missing, but no one…

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Modesty Blaise

BBBB (out of 5) She’s an ace with a switch blade, she’s undetectable when undercover, and best of all, she can change her hair colour in a flash! Screw Barbarella and her vapid helplessness, Modesty Blaise can handle herself in any situation, and watching her do it in this far-out, groovy sixties spy film is more…

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

BBBBB (out of 5) The best of all the Star Wars movies is this rip-roaring adventure that continues the drama from the 1977 original and improves on the action and character subtext. Having defeated the Empire in the first round, the galactic forces of good are devastated to find out that the evil Darth Vader…

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Gentlemen Broncos

B (out of 5) Michael Angarano plays a teenager who attends a writing convention for youngsters where he will meet the idol of his dreams: a science-fiction writer (Jemaine Clement) whose plots are almost as hideously strange as our young hero’s are. Cowboys in outer space being zapped in the genitals by interstellar babes is the…

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Dracula: Dead And Loving It (1995)

MEL BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/France, 1995.  Gaumont, Castle Rock Entertainment, Brooksfilms.  Story by Rudy De Luca, Steve Haberman, Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Rudy De Luca, Steve Haberman, based on characters created by Bram Stoker.  Cinematography by Michael D. O’Shea.  Produced by Mel Brooks.  Music by Hummie Mann.  Production Design by Roy Forge Smith.  Costume Design by Dodie Shepard.  Film Editing by…

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Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)

MEL BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  France/USA, 1993.  Brooksfilms, Gaumont.  Story by J.D. Shapiro, Evan Chandler, Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Evan Chandler, J.D. Shapiro.  Cinematography by Michael D. O’Shea.  Produced by Mel Brooks.  Music by Hummie Mann.  Production Design by Roy Forge Smith.  Costume Design by Dodie Shepard.  Film Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin.   Mel Brooks continues in his quest to make a…

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