The Nun (2018)

CORIN HARDY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 2018.  Atomic Monster, New Line Cinema, The Safran Company.  Story by James Wan, Gary Dauberman, Screenplay by Gary Dauberman.  Cinematography by Maxime Alexandre.  Produced by Peter Safran, James Wan.  Music by Abel Korzeniowski.  Production Design by Jennifer Spence.  Costume Design by Sharon Gilham.  Film Editing by Michel Aller, Ken Blackwell. The frightening apparition that…

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Mr. Turner

BBBBB (out of 5) The life and work of J.M.W. Turner are visited in this impressionistic exercise in brilliance by Mike Leigh, here making yet another unforgettably perfect film.  It also marks a return to the Victorian era following his masterful Topsy-Turvy, but where that film was much more concerned with a precise recreation of…

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The Young Victoria

BBBB (out of 5) Having lost her father in infancy, princess Victoria grows up in a cage with golden bars under the careful watch of her politically scheming mother (Miranda Richardson) and her mother’s even more viciously ambitious advisor (Mark Strong). As Victoria is next in line for the throne, and King William (Jim Broadbent)…

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Solomon And Gaenor

BB.5 (out of 5) Beautifully photographed but dull romance about the forbidden love between a Jewish rag man and a Welsh woman in turn of the century Wales. Ioan Gruffudd is excellent as Solomon, a romantic idealist who doesn’t realize how much trouble he’s getting himself into when he befriends and then courts the lovely…

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102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful to the original animated version of the 60s than its predecessor, Lima keeps the pace going and keeps the action lively. This…

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Cassandra’s Dream (2007)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/United Kingdom/France, 2007.  Iberville Productions, Virtual Studios, Wild Bunch.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Gareth Wiley.  Music by Philip Glass.  Production Design by Maria Djurkovic.  Costume Design by Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Toronto International Film Festival 2007.   One of Woody Allen’s most miserable misfires, an unwatchable, unfunny…

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