The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

NIKI CARO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Czech Republic/United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Scion Films, Czech Anglo Productions, LD Entertainment, Rowe / Miller Productions.  Screenplay by Angela Workman, based on the book by Diane Ackerman.  Cinematography by Andrij Parekh.  Produced by Jeff Abberley, Jamie Patricof, Kim Zubick.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Suzie Davies.  Costume Design by Bina Daigeler.  Film Editing by David Coulson.   Warsaw’s…

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Oliver Twist (2005)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Roman Polanski follows his Oscar winning The Pianist with the fulfillment of a longtime dream of his, to adapt Dickens’ oft-filmed novel, reuniting with screenwriter Ronald Harwood and cinematographer Pawel Edelman.  Barney Clark is terrific in the titular lead as a woefully treated boy who is raised in an orphanage and workhouse before taking to the streets of London…

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Snowpiercer (2013)

JOON-HO BONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  South Korea/Czech Republic/USA/France, 2013. SnowPiercer, Moho Film, Opus Pictures, Stillking Films, CJ E&M Film Financing & Investment Entertainment & Comics, CJ Entertainment.   Screen story by Joon-ho Bong, Screenplay by Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson, based on the Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, Jean-Marc Rochette.  Cinematography by Kyung-pyo Hong.  Produced by Miky Lee, Steven…

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Zelary

BBBB (out of 5) A young woman working for the Czech resistance in Nazi-occupied Prague is in danger when she and her surgeon lover are close to being exposed. A man whose life she saved through a blood transfusion agrees to take her with him to his mountain village of Zelary to hide her there…

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Van Helsing

B.5 (out of 5) Combining all the classic horror stories and coming up with something so boring isn’t what you’d expect could happen, but this movie proves that any manner of bad filmmaking is possible no matter what the source material.  Hugh Jackman is perfectly bland as a newly revamped, pumped up version of Bram…

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Dungeons And Dragons

BB (out of 5) I’ll give director Courtney Solomon credit for having the guts to purchase the rights to the popular role-playing game at the age of 19 and spend years raising the funds to make this film. That impressive detail aside, however, and all you have is a laughable sword-and-sorcery adventure that takes you…

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Honeymoon (Libanky)

BBBB (out of 5) A beautiful wedding on a beautiful morning between a very happy couple, Tereza and Radim, both of whom are trying their luck at the altar a second time.  When Radim’s son accidentally breaks his glasses before the ceremony, they have just enough time to run across the street and get a…

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The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s the end of the nineteenth century and the nations of Europe are constantly threatening to tear the continent apart with a great war. This leads the British government to recruit an assortment of superheroes to stop a particular force of evil named the Phantom, who is planning to undermine an…

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Autumn Spring (Babi Leto)

BBBB (out of 5) Deeply heartfelt comedy about a retired actor who spends his days playing pranks with his best friend. They get into hot water when they pretend to be a millionaire classical music conductor and his assistant, looking to buy a mansion in the Czech countryside. The real estate agent who gets wise…

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The Bourne Identity

BBB.5 (out of 5) Flawed and uneven but breezily enjoyable adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s popular spy novel.  Matt Damon is an amnesiac who is saved from choppy Mediterranean waters by French fishermen, then begins an intensive search for his identity once he reaches shore. Little by little the clues unveil themselves and he begins to figure…

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The Pink Panther (2006)

BB.5 (out of 5) As a knockoff tribute to the classic series of films made by Blake Edwards in the 60s and 70s, this sporadically funny comedy does an adequate job; if you’re expecting something worthy of its legacy, however, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Steve Martin is the bumbling Inspector Clouseau who is put on the…

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Divided We Fall (Musime Pi Pomahat)

BBBBB (out of 5) This marvelous Czech film centres around a childless couple living in a Nazi-occupied village in the 1940s. Years after all the Jewish families in the village have been evacuated by their oppressors, the couple is surprised to discover that one man, their former employer’s son, has managed to escape and survive…

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