The Happy Prince (2018)

RUPERT EVERETT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018.  Maze Pictures, Entre Chien et Loup, Palomar, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Robert Fox Limited, BBC Films, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Daryl Prince Productions, Heimatfilm, Raindog Films.  Screenplay by Rupert Everett.  Cinematography by John Conroy.  Produced by Sebastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze.  Music by Gabriel…

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Marv Films, Shangri-La Entertainment, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons.  Cinematography by George Richmond.  Produced by Adam Bohling, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Henry Jackman, Matthew Margeson.  Production Design by Darren Gilford.  Costume Design…

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Everest

BBB (out of 5) Following the first successful climb to the summit of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who reached the top of the world’s highest peak in 1953, mountain climbing escalated in popularity to the extent that Rob Hall made it a profitable business in the nineties.  Hall took wealthy patrons…

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The Theory Of Everything

BBB.5 (out of 5) A career for a science prodigy begins brilliantly with research on physics and cosmology at Cambridge in the early 60s, where also meets the woman who would become the great love of his life.  What happened after that is now well known, as Stephen Hawking (played here by Eddie Redmayne) achieves…

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Equilibrium

BBB (out of 5) Guns have been added to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 in this unapologetic and fun ripoff of classic science-fiction stories. It takes place in a futuristic society where the horrors of war have been eradicated by forcing people into drugged stupors that disallow strong emotions such as hate, fear or anger. Unfortunately,…

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Anna Karenina (2012)

JOE WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2012.  Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Tom Stoppard, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Melanie Oliver.  Academy Awards 2012.  Golden Globe Awards 2012.  Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Attempts to bring…

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Trixie

BB (out of 5) Dull, uneventful murder mystery directed by Alan Rudolph.  Emily Watson is so cute it hurts as the titular heroine, a tongue-twisted innocent who wants to graduate from store detective (or ‘defective’ as she keeps saying) to full-fledged P.I. She sees her chance to prove herself when a mysterious murder connected with a…

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Red Dragon

BBB (out of 5) Taking place right before the events depicted in The Silence of the Lambs, this new chapter in the fascination with Hannibal Lecter has Anthony Hopkins return in the role of the famous cannibal that won him an Academy Award eleven years earlier. It begins with Lecter’s capture by brilliant FBI agent Will…

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Cradle Will Rock

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent ensemble comedy about the real life Red Scare events surrounding the birth and quick disappearance of the Federal Theatre Program in the 1930s, a program designed to bring the great plays of the theatrical stage to Depression-era audiences at affordable prices. The latest production staged by the group and written…

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Miss Potter

BBB (out of 5) No, this is not a movie about J.K. Rowling’s little hero turning sassy. While not as scintillating as the events that led Isak Dinesen or Janet Frame to put pen to paper, the life of Beatrix Potter, the most successful children’s author of all time and one of England’s most prized…

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Synecdoche, New York

BB (out of 5) Charlie Kaufman decides to forgo the intelligent interpretations of his zany scribblings by the likes of Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze and here directs for the first time. Oddly enough, the film looks and feels exactly the way it would if it were directed by the likes of Michel Gondry or…

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The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers

BBBB (out of 5) Geoffrey Rush‘s awe-inspiring performance is the main reason to watch this excellent biopic of one of the cinema’s most gifted comedians. Sellers went from obscurely modest fame on England’s television to super stardom after a few good turns in British films led to Blake Edwards casting him as Inspector Closeau in…

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