The Uninvited

BBBB (out of 5) Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey are siblings who decide to buy an abandoned mansion at the top of a hill in an English village, completely unaware of its miserable history.  The man they buy the house from (Donald Crisp) is more than willing to let it go, while his daughter (Gail Russell) longs…

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Chris & Don: A Love Story

BBBB (out of 5) In 1960, 46 year-old celebrated author and British ex-patriate Christopher Isherwood met 16 year-old Californian Donald Bachardy and the two had an immediate attraction…obviously. Yet don’t be too quick to judge; when the two became a couple they started on the pathway of a romance that lasted the rest of Isherwood’s life, and…

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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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101 Dalmatians (1996)

BB (out of 5) Boring, unnecessarily heavy adaptation of the 1961 Disney classic animated film (which in turn was adapted from the novel by Dodie Smith) now has carefree dalmatian owner Jeff Daniels as a video game designer instead of a songwriter, and wife Joely Richardson as an employee in the fashion house of Cruella De…

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101 Dalmatians (1961)

BBB.5 (out of 5) One look at this film and you’ll see spots! It’s not the best of Disney features, but it’s certainly enjoyable and the kiddies will get a kick out of it. It’s about a struggling songwriter who falls in love with a beautiful lady when their male and female dalmatians discover each…

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I Capture The Castle

BBBB (out of 5) Lovely coming-of-age drama stars a wonderful Romola Garai as a girl growing up in a drafty, corroding castle with her blocked writer father (Bill Nighy), dangerously bohemian stepmother (Tara Fitzgerald) and superbly oddball siblings. When two immensely rich American brothers arrive in their community and set up shop in a nearby…

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