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 … More Mr. Turner

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Quartet (2012)

BB.5 (out of 5) A retirement home for successful classical musicians is the setting for this comedy adapted from Ronald Harwood’s play, which also marks the directorial debut of actor Dustin Hoffman.  Maggie Smith plays a world-famous opera singer who has decided to enter her dotage, made worse when it turns out that her ex-husband (Tom … More Quartet (2012)

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Hysteria

BB.5 (out of 5) Constantly frustrating his fellow medical practitioners with his radical ideas about germs and viruses, young idealistic doctor Hugh Dancy finds himself without work on a frequent basis.  His wealthy patron (Rupert Everett) can do little for him, having exhausted all his options to get the man a posting, so Dancy is thrilled … More Hysteria

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2010.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films.  Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by David Barron, David Heyman, J.K. Rowling.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Jany Temime.  Film Editing by Mark Day.  Academy Awards 2010.  Films that began as a series … More Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

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The Russia House

BB (out of 5) Sean Connery plays a British professor who is also a Russophile and lives in the U.S.S.R. because of how much he loves the culture. When the friend of a Russian spy (Michelle Pfeiffer) hands secret information over to the British government, they in turn ask Connery to investigate the nature of the material … More The Russia House

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Restoration

BBB (out of 5) Robert Downey Jr. is excellent in this period version of Jerry Maguire, as a successful Renaissance court surgeon who hits rock bottom after seriously avoiding his true calling (he has a gift for understanding humanity, or so his friend David Thewlis tells him). After losing everything material and falling from grace with the … More Restoration

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Carrington

BBB (out of 5) Christopher Hampton writes and directs this examination of the lifelong friendship between painter Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson) and writer Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce), the only man she ever truly loved. The two leads are stupendous in their performances, both of them completely breaking free of their accustomed film images and presenting … More Carrington

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