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Jimmy’s Hall

BBB.5 (out of 5) True story of Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward), who returns to Ireland in 1932 after ten years of exile in America, a dedicated socialist with no religious sentiment; in an… Continue reading

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I, Daniel Blake

BBB.5 (out of 5) After suffering a heart attack on the job, a Newcastle construction worker (Dave Johns) tries to claim disability benefits and is plunged into nine circles of bureaucratic hell, constantly… Continue reading

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Carla’s Song

BBB.5 (out of 5) A Glasgow bus driver (Robert Carlyle) intercedes when a woman with poor English skills named Carla (Oyanka Cabezas) is accosted by a fare inspector for not buying a ticket, getting… Continue reading

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The Angels’ Share

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A group of petty thugs and criminals are sentenced to community service, among them a bright but beleaguered young man named Robbie, whose newborn baby inspires him to want to… Continue reading

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The Spirit of ’45

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This lyrical, robust documentary sees Ken Loach examining the spirit of socialism that grew in England in the aftermath of World War II, through to its destruction by conservative… Continue reading

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The Lady In The Van

BBBB (out of 5) Having newly found his footing as a playwright on the London stage, Alan Bennett (portrayed with effortless delight by Alex Jennings) moves into a fashionable house in Camden and immediately… Continue reading

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Cry Freedom

BBB (out of 5) Newspaper editor Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) considers himself a liberal with a fair and unbiased opinion about racial inequality in his native South Africa, viewing a freedom fighter like… Continue reading

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Sweet Sixteen

BBBB (out of 5) Just shy of his sixteenth birthday, young Liam is facing issues that most people couldn’t handle in full adulthood: his mother is in prison after taking the fall for… Continue reading

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Looking For Eric

BBBB (out of 5) Thank God for celebrity fantasies or we would never get through our troubles. Eric Bishop (Steve Evets) has been working as a postman for years and finds the troubles… Continue reading

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Last Holiday

BBB (out of 5) Queen Latifah‘s charms can be blamed for the enjoyment here, for while this feelgood comedy by Wayne Wang has most of its cliches telegraphed to the audience by megaphone,… Continue reading

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Hitch

BBB.5 (out of 5) Will Smith plays a velvety-smooth romance consultant who helps less confident males date the women they dream of. He puts these men in situations where they can finally get noticed… Continue reading

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Sweet Home Alabama

BB (out of 5) Even those who love a predictable romantic comedy will find this one hopelessly hokey.  Reese Witherspoon is buoyantly charming as a Manhattan fashion designer whose JFK-Jr.-esque boyfriend (Patrick Dempsey) proposes… Continue reading

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Ever After

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Richly enjoyable reboot of Cinderella finds Drew Barrymore as a plucky young lass living with an insensitive stepmother (Anjelica Huston) and two lazy stepsisters (Megan Dodds, Melanie Lynskey). This time… Continue reading

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Anna And The King

BBB (out of 5) So-so effort that features a surprisingly dull Jodie Foster as Anna Leonowens, the true-life Indian-born Englishwoman who journeyed to Siam in the late 19th century to teach “the modern world… Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

BBBB (out of 5) One of the most wonderful romantic comedies of the decade.  Bill Murray plays a rude, cynical weatherman who is given the dull assignment of travelling to a nearby small town… Continue reading

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Multiplicity

BB.5 (out of 5) Michael Keaton definitely deserves a much better film to house his four excellent performances in this silly What-If comedy. He plays an overworked contractor who can’t find enough time to… Continue reading

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Born Yesterday (1993)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Excellent remake of the 1950 George Cukor classic is a perfect example of Melanie Griffith‘s admirable talent. She plays a Vegas showgirl who hangs off the arm of her… Continue reading

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White Palace

BBB.5 (out of 5) Rich, young advertising executive James Spader stops at a local diner and orders food from a forty-something waitress (Susan Sarandon). Somehow, these people from completely different spheres of life manage… Continue reading

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Living Out Loud

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Powerful film inspired by Chekhov stories from first-time director and accomplished screenwriter Richard LaGravenese. Holly Hunter superbly plays a recent divorcee who has no idea that reclaiming her own identity… Continue reading

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Final Analysis

BB (out of 5) Tepid thriller that goes far past the climax point, with director Phil Joanou failing to indulge in the opportunity to campily recreate the conventions of Hitchcockian storytelling.  Kim Basinger is… Continue reading

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Heaven’s Prisoners

BBBB (out of 5) Entertaining murder mystery set in the lush tropical atmosphere of Florida stars Alec Baldwin in a role that was meant to become a franchise (author James Lee Burke has written… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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The Crucible

BBBB (out of 5) Terrific adaptation of Arthur Miller’s groundbreaking anti-Red Scare play has lost some of its momentum now that the double meaning of the story isn’t quite as potent, but still… Continue reading

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The Object Of My Affection

BBB (out of 5) There’s a feeling of hanging around on a warm, summery day in Manhattan that slightly improves this rather weak adaptation of Stephen McCauley’s novel. Jennifer Aniston finds the perfect roommate… Continue reading

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Center Stage

BB.5 (out of 5) Silly rip-off of Fame that is not helped by bad acting from the leads, an idiotic script or the few uninspired dance scenes.  Amanda Schull plays a naive but excitable… Continue reading

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The History Boys

BBB.5 (out of 5) Though its stage origins are quite obvious, this ride through the world of high-level academia is worth seeing for the smooth performances by the play’s original cast members (who… Continue reading

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Dangerous Beauty

BBBB (out of 5) Catherine McCormack is wonderful in this true story of a Venetian courtesan who survives religious intolerance, a whole bevy of jealous lovers and one mother of a plague to live… Continue reading

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A Handful Of Dust

BBB.5 (out of 5) The crumbling away of the aristocracy in 1930s England is the subject of this engrossing drama. Kristin Scott Thomas and James Wilby are excellent as a titled couple whose relationship is… 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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Bewitched

BBB (out of 5) Surprisingly charming comedy inspired by the original television series. Will Ferrell plays an obnoxiously self-centred movie star whose latest bomb has forced him to take the lead role in a… Continue reading

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Lucky Numbers

B (out of 5) Truly awful Nora Ephron comedy about a financially troubled weather man (John Travolta) who decides along with his slutty, foul-mouthed girlfriend (Lisa Kudrow) to fix the state lottery. Unluckily… Continue reading

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You’ve Got Mail

BBB.5 (out of 5) Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan reunite with their Sleepless In Seattle director Nora Ephron in a remake of The Shop Around The Corner (which was also remade in musical form as… Continue reading

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Dangerous Liaisons

BBBBB (out of 5) There are so many plush costumes, so many opulent sets, so many terrific plot maneuvers, fantastic snippets of dialogue and juicy performances that you just don’t know which to… Continue reading

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Memphis Belle

BBB.5 (out of 5) This enjoyable wartime melodrama centres around the experiences of a pilot crew aboard a bomber plane. The Memphis Belle was assigned to some of the most dangerous missions on European… Continue reading

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The Wind That Shakes The Barley

BBBB (out of 5) Moved by the heinously violent oppression that he and his fellow Irishmen suffer under British occupation, a previously unpolitical doctor (Cillian Murphy) inches more and more towards radicalism and… Continue reading

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The Long Walk Home

BBBB (out of 5) Following the announcement of the black boycott of public transport in 1955, a Montgomery, Alabama maid (Whoopi Goldberg) decides that she too will walk to work every single day,… Continue reading

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China Moon

BB.5 (out of 5) Dull sex thriller features the usual cop-can’t-resist-the-dangerously-complex-femme fatale plotline. Ed Harris is investigating the murder of a Florida resident but finds himself the target of suspicion when it is discovered… Continue reading

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In Love And War

BB (out of 5) Idiotic war epic tries to tell the true story that inspired Ernest Hemingway to write A Farewell To Arms.  Chris O’Donnell makes a simpering Hemingway who, while recuperating from a… Continue reading

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Shadowlands

BBBB.5 (out of 5) After years of writing letters to author C.S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins), American writer Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) finally makes the trip out to England to meet him. When they… Continue reading

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