Tag Archive: Emma Thompson

Alone In Berlin

BB (out of 5) After losing their son in battle, a Berlin couple decide that Nazi ideology is not worth believing in if the cost is to be so high.  He (Brendan Gleeson) continues his work… Continue reading

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Bridget Jones’s Baby

BBBB (out of 5) Fifteen years after she first charmed us, and twelve years after she disappointed us with a sequel, the adorable London singleton is back and, despite not having been in a major… Continue reading

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Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson)

B.5 (out of 5) Robert Carlyle‘s directorial debut stars him as a barber who can’t get any respect at work. His frequent outbursts of temper have turned off both his fellow employees and… Continue reading

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

B (out of 5) Alice Englert shows up in a tiny South Carolina town and, as if being the new girl isn’t hard enough, has to face the legacy of her family, magically… Continue reading

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Effie Gray

BB (out of 5) Euphemia Gray (Dakota Fanning) first met art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) when she was twelve, when he penned the fantasy story The King Of the Golden River for… Continue reading

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The Love Punch

BBBB (out of 5) A delight from start to finish, this refreshing throwback to classic comedies of remarriage isn’t as smart as Preston Sturges but is definitely as fun.  Emma Thompson, at the… Continue reading

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Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

BBB.5 (out of 5) Year five and counting. Following the tete-a-tete between Harry Potter and Voldemort (a noseless Ralph Fiennes) and the unfortunate demise of Harry’s friend Cedric in the last installment, the… Continue reading

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Seven books, eight movies and a whole heck of a lot of merchandising finally come down to a final adventure featuring the plucky young wizard and his best friends… Continue reading

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Nanny McPhee Returns (Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang)

BBB.5 (out of 5) The fashion-challenged, frizzy-haired, homely nanny with the magical powers returns to set another group of children straight in this sweet sequel to the surprise 2005 hit.  Emma Thompson is once… Continue reading

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The Tall Guy

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hilarious comedy makes up for its lack of strong plot with some very funny gags. Jeff Goldblum plays an American actor in London whose middling career has him playing… Continue reading

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In The Name Of The Father

BBBB (out of 5) True story of Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis), a young man who moved to London from Ireland in his youth and ended up being blamed for an IRA bombing that… Continue reading

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Junior

BBB.5 (out of 5) When genetic scientists Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito can’t get their anti-miscarriage drug approved by the national drug board, they decide to try it out on a test subject in order… Continue reading

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The Winter Guest

BB (out of 5) Dour film concerning the lives of various residents of a tiny Scottish hamlet. The main focus of the story is the difficult relationship between an estranged daughter and mother… Continue reading

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Saving Mr. Banks

BB.5 (out of 5) When Mary Poppins was released in 1964 it quickly became the most successful box office hit of all time and won five Academy Awards, making a superstar of its… Continue reading

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Impromptu

BBBB (out of 5) For some, the idea of making up a story that involves great historical figures of the art world might seem like total sacrilege, but in James Lapine’s delightful romantic… Continue reading

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I Am Legend

BBB (out of 5) It has been three years since the entire world’s population of humans was virtually wiped out by a deadly virus, leaving immune scientist and soldier Will Smith alone on the… Continue reading

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Nanny McPhee

BB.5 (out of 5) Adaptation of the children’s book that sees a new kind of Mary Poppins appearing to help raise spoiled brats everywhere. In a household turned upside-down by seven unruly children,… Continue reading

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Brideshead Revisited

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nostalgia for the innocent days of youth tinges every frame of this sumptuous period piece adapted from the novel by Evelyn Waugh. Previously filmed as a highly successful eight-hour… Continue reading

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Last Chance Harvey

BB (out of 5) Dustin Hoffman is barely holding onto his commercial jingle-writing career as he gets off a plane in London to attend the wedding of his estranged daughter (Liane Balaban). Ignored at… Continue reading

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Imagining Argentina

BB (out of 5) It would probably be a misfire even if you had never seen a movie before, but given how many superior films have been made on a similar subject, this… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Judas Kiss (1998)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Adorable Jim Thompson-esque gangster film features excellent characters actors and fun twisted plot. Carla Gugino and Simon Baker take a prominent political figure’s lover (Greg Wise) for ransom, but when a… Continue reading

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Brave

BBBB (out of 5) The King of a Scottish clan is delighted by his spunky, rebellious daughter Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), but her mother (Emma Thompson) is appalled that she does not… Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction

BBB (out of 5) A tax auditor for the IRS (Will Ferrell) lives a carefully plotted, monotonous life until the day he is brushing his teeth (with the requisite number of brush strokes)… Continue reading

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Maybe Baby

BB (out of 5) Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson are a happily married couple who are having an extremely difficult time getting pregnant. Despite making sure to have sex at all the exact… Continue reading

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Primary Colors

BBBBB (out of 5) Based on the tell-all book by “Anonymous” (actually Joe Klein), Elaine May’s excellent script fictionalizes the Clintons’ primary race towards the Oval Office. Presidential candidate Jack Stanton (John Travolta)… Continue reading

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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

BBBB (out of 5) Year three has begun, and this time Harry Potter feels like he’s ready for anything.  After defeating You-Know-Who (twice!) he is suddenly back in the throes of peril when… Continue reading

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The Remains Of The Day

BBBBB (out of 5) Between this fantastic drama and Merchant Ivory’s film of the previous year, Howards End, it is difficult to decide which of the two is the superior. Reteaming the main… Continue reading

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Howards End

BBBBB (out of 5) The team at Merchany Ivory productions complete their E.M. Forster trilogy after A Room With A View and Maurice and save the best for last with this phenomenally good… Continue reading

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Treasure Planet

BBB (out of 5) Reinvention of Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved classic adventure Treasure Island, but to appeal to the new order of youngsters who want more than just open seas and blarney-spewing pirates,… Continue reading

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Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

BBBB (out of 5) Shakespeare’s energetic comedy comes to life beautifully under Kenneth Branagh‘s sturdy direction, as couples swap and lovers quarrel in an Italian villa that is being visited by conquering soldiers. Branagh and… Continue reading

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Peter’s Friends

BBB (out of 5) Contrived but sometimes fun British remake of The Big Chill is a pleasant and innocent way to spend an hour and a half. The funniest performance in the film (despite… Continue reading

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Dead Again

BBBB (out of 5) A Los Angeles police detective (Kenneth Branagh) comes across a terrorized mute woman (Emma Thompson) and tries to help her discover the source of her amnesia and her nightmares.… Continue reading

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Henry V

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Kenneth Branagh rightfully got himself the nickname of the modern Olivier with this excellent film adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, which was also Olivier’s first directorial foray in 1944.  Told in… Continue reading

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An Education

BBBB (out of 5) Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a top-flight student in a 1961 London high school whose prospects for Oxford are incredibly bright. Even more exciting, a handsome older man (Peter Sarsgaard,… Continue reading

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Sense And Sensibility

BBBBB (out of 5) Best-ever adaptation of a Jane Austen novel stars Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet as two radically different sisters, one reserved and private, the other boisterous and lively, together tackling the same… Continue reading

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Love Actually

BBBB (out of 5) The marvelous screenwriting of Richard Curtis (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary) reaches new heights in this genuinely memorable and enjoyable romantic comedy-drama. Not as… Continue reading

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