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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Shanghai Spell (El Embrujo De Shanghai)

BB.5 (out of 5) A young boy in Franco’s Spain spends his days as companion to the batty old Captain who wanders about town spewing his nutty opinions to anyone who will listen. The rest of the time the boy keeps company with the local beauty’s daughter, a young woman who is afflicted with tuberculosis….

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Calle 54

BBB (out of 5) The music in Fernando Trueba’s tribute to his favourite Latin jazz artists couldn’t be better, but without any personal statements or stories from any of the featured players it emerges only a mildly satisfying documentary that pales in comparison to the delightful Buena Vista Social Club.  However, critics of Wim Wenders’…

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Chico & Rita

BBBBB (out of 5) Cuban rhythms of the twentieth century get a whole new life in this gorgeous, animated musical whose bright images and pulsing beats never abate. It tells the fictional but reality-based love story of a pianist and a singer who meet, fall in love, and are separated by circumstances as personal conflicts,…

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