Victoria and Abdul (2017)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.   BBC Films, Cross Street Films, Perfect World Pictures, Working Title Films.   Screenplay by Lee Hall, based on the book by Shrabani Basu.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by … More Victoria and Abdul (2017)

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Mystery Men

BBB (out of 5) A group of bumbling losers who want to be superheroes get their big chance when Champion City’s actual crime-fighting hero Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) is kidnapped by the evil Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) and held hostage. Stealing production design elements from Blade Runner and camera movements from Tim Burton, director Kinka … More Mystery Men

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend

BBBB (out of 5) While riding the subway after a day at the office, Matt (Luke Wilson) spots shy brunette beauty Jenny (Uma Thurman) and asks her out on a date that turns into a possible relationship. At first ignoring her occasionally quirky restaurant habits of disappearing to the “bathroom” during impending global disasters, Matt … More My Super Ex-Girlfriend

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The Aristocrats

BB.5 (out of 5) Paul Provenza interviews dozens of comedians about a famous joke, loved among comedians, that provides a sort of jazzy opportunity for performers to really shine. Each interview subject gives their own take on the anecdote, allowing for much variation in its interpretation before the purposely anticlimactic punch line. What’s most shocking, … More The Aristocrats

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Shadow Of The Vampire

BBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeous film by E. Elias Merhige that fictionalizes the accounts surrounding the filming of F.W. Murnau’s German Expressionist classic Nosferatu. The real production of Nosferatu is still so fraught with myth and mystery that it lends itself perfectly to a film of this sort, and the director has all kinds of … More Shadow Of The Vampire

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Igor

BB.5 (out of 5) You know all about mad scientists and their assistants who are usually named Igor, but did you know that there is a land that they all come from? The land of Malaria was once a happy kingdom but has darkened in the years since its economic decline, covered perpetually by clouds … More Igor

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Across The Universe

B (out of 5) Julie Taymor follows her brilliant biography of Frida Kahlo with this completely soulless exercise in style, an exploration of the birth of 1960s counter-culture using songs by the Beatles as its main score. A Liverpudlian boy named Jude (get it?) jumps ship and ends up in New York City, falls in … More Across The Universe

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