Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970)

DOUGLAS HICKOX Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1970.  Canterbury Film Productions.  Screenplay by Clive Exton, based on the play by Joe Orton.  Cinematography by Wolfgang Suschitzky.  Produced by Douglas Kentish.  Music by Georgie Fame.   Production Design by Michael Seymour.  Costume Design by Emma Porteous.  Film Editing by John Trumper. Joe Orton’s best-known play is brought to the big screen three…

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Supergirl

BB.5 (out of 5) America’s favourite superhero actually comes from an entire race of superior beings, his one cousin a delightful young lady who comes to Earth when the power source for her planet, a tiny orb that spins in the palm of your hand, escapes her home and travels through the galaxy and lands in…

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The Jewel Of The Nile

BB (out of 5) One of the worst sequels ever made to an excellent film, this messy adventure’s shaggy plot defies all description. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner reunite as the adventurous couple who travel to the Middle East and get involved in the pursuit of a precious artifact known only as “the jewel of the Nile”….

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High Spirits

BB (out of 5) This film could definitely use more of what it exclaims in the title, but it does have its moments. Youngsters will especially delight to the visual effects and haunted mansion setting, while adults might find it more than a bit dull.  Peter O’Toole plays the owner of a decrepit Irish castle who…

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Watcher In The Woods

BB.5 (out of 5) This one’s a fun spooker for the kids, while adults will find it corny and anticlimactic.  Bette Davis has a glorified cameo (though she’s top-billed) as an elderly woman who rents out her countryside estate to a family of four. After moving in, one daughter starts to see mysterious things happening on…

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The Living Daylights

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A better Bond adventure hadn’t been seen in years when this exciting film was released in 1987, with a brand new actor in the lead and fresh plot elements. Timothy Dalton presents a more intellectual, brooding agent 007 in his first outing, this time investigating the actions of various weapons and drug…

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A View To A Kill

BBB.5 (out of 5) Roger Moore was far too old to be playing the world’s greatest superspy by the time he got around to filming his last James Bond adventure, something even he admitted, but he still has a good time clowning around in this enjoyable entry. Bond is recruited to put a stop to the…

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Octopussy

BBBB (out of 5) Though this Bond adventure, the sixth to star Roger Moore, isn’t as smooth on action as others and does feature Bond in a clown costume, it’s still a grand adventure. 007 is sent to India to investigate the mysterious death of a double-0 agent who is found holding a false Faberge…

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My Life So Far

BBB (out of 5) Sweet little film about a young Scottish boy growing up in his family castle with an assortment of wacky relatives. From his straight-laced inventor father (Colin Firth), to his loving mother (a very beautiful Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), this young man is also surrounded by a free-spirited uncle (Malcolm McDowell) who has brought…

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Clash Of The Titans (1981)

BBB.5 (out of 5) The mythology of ancient Greece is combined with the effects of Ray Harryhausen in this incredibly cheesy and endlessly fun adventure film. Harry Hamlin plays the heroic Perseus, who strives to save Andromeda (Judi Bowker) from the worse-than-death fate of marrying a monster. He travels across lands and endures many obstacles…

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Aliens

BBBBB (out of 5) A masterful combination of science-fiction, horror and action, not to mention family drama, this James Cameron classic is a textbook example of Hollywood filmmaking as both entertainment and thought-provoking political commentary.   Sigourney Weaver is once again the unbeatable Ellen Ripley, surviving member of the ship Nostromo who has been awakened from hypersleep…

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