The Emperor And The Assassin (Jing Ke Ci Qin Wang)

BBBB (out of 5) Sumptuous, stunning epic film by director Chen Kaige, who surpasses his world acclaimed Farewell, My Concubine by creating a more evenly paced and densely textured film. Set in second-century Asia, when seven separate kingdoms made up what is now China, it tells the story of Qin leader King Ying Zheng, whose … More The Emperor And The Assassin (Jing Ke Ci Qin Wang)

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The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion (2001)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Germany, 2001.  DreamWorks, VCL Communications, Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Letty Aronson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Woody Allen‘s clever zingers pour out of his mouth constantly but fall flat in this overtired and badly paced comedy, his least … More The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion (2001)

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Small Time Crooks (2000)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Sweetland Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.   Tracey Ullman is magnificent as Woody Allen‘s exasperated wife, who starts a cookie business as a front for her husband’s plans for … More Small Time Crooks (2000)

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Sweet And Lowdown (1999)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Laura Bauer.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Academy Awards 1999.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Woody Allen’s best film since Mighty Aphrodite is this sweet fictional documentary about the second greatest jazz … More Sweet And Lowdown (1999)

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