Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

J.A. BAYONA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment, Perfect World Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Oscar Faura.  Produced by Belen Atienza, Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Andy Nicholson.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by Bernat Vilaplana. With the…

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Noroît

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jacques Rivette’s companion piece to Duelle is as visual splendid though not as invigorating.  Loosely inspired by (and including pieces of) The Revenger’s Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur, it stars Geraldine Chaplin as a woman who plans to get revenge on a witch (Bernadette Lafont) who killed her brother.  Lafont is the leader of a gang of…

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A Countess From Hong Kong

BB (out of 5) Charles Chaplin waited ten years to follow up the box office disappointment of A King In New York and, sadly, fared little better in this his last feature film. Marlon Brando plays a wealthy oil tycoon who is traveling home to America from Hong Kong, poised to take on the role…

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The Monk (Le Moine)

B.5 (out of 5) A novel published in 1796 by twenty-one year-old Matthew Lewis, overflowing with images of demons and ghost nuns, lusty blood-soaked virgins and murderous friars, all of them manifested by a committed belief in the supernatural world, has been turned into a dour and pompously spare experience directed by a skeptic with…

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Jane Eyre (1996)

BBB (out of 5) Strongly acted adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s milestone novel covers vast dramatic territory but fails to scratch beneath the surface. At the heart of it is a pitch perfect performance by Charlotte Gainsbourg as the titular heroine, who goes from being raised in a coldhearted orphanage (the young Jane is played by Anna…

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Charlie: The Life and Art Of Charles Chaplin

BBBB (out of 5) Those disappointed in Richard Attenborough’s film Chaplin should definitely take a look at this excellent documentary, as it features information on his colourful personal life but concentrates on what made him the most beloved figure in cinematic history: his work. Narrated by Sydney Pollack and featuring a vast array of film clips…

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The Moderns

BB (out of 5) This meandering drama features characters who constantly threaten to be memorable but never quite manage it. Keith Carradine plays an American expatriate living as an artist in Paris who gets involved in a scam involving forged paintings. When he re-encounters an old flame (Linda Fiorentino), he is dismayed to find that she…

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Cousin Bette

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Critics and audiences unfortunately ignored this delightful though admittedly loose adaptation of Honore de Balzac’s searing novel. Jessica Lange is excellent as Bette, the passed-over old-maid relation of an impoverished society family who decides after having her potential lover Wenceslas (Aden Young) stolen from under her nose by young cousin Hortense (Kelly Macdonald),…

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Portrait Of Carlos Saura (Retrato De Carlos Saura)

BBBB (out of 5) This documentary triptych through the life and career of Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura is often more entertaining than many of his films. It details, in one fast-passing hour, the biography and filmography of an artist who grew up and was shaped by Francoist Spain, emerging from its heavily censored artistic arena…

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The Wolfman

BBB (out of 5) Remake of the 1941 classic starring Lon Chaney has Benicio Del Toro filling in the lead as a famous actor who returns to his ancestral home in the English countryside to help solve the mystery of his brother’s disappearance. Sadly, his brother’s dead body has already turned up by the time he…

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Doctor Zhivago

BBBB (out of 5) David Lean followed his epic Lawrence of Arabia with this equally large and mostly impressive screen adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s novel. It stars Omar Sharif as a Russian doctor whose marriage to placid Geraldine Chaplin is threatened by his love of a political activist’s wife (Julie Christie, the same year she won an…

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The Mirror Crack’d

BBB.5 (out of 5) Critics have often been unkind to this workmanlike adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mystery, but I think it’s a fun diversion that is pepped up by its cast of Hollywood stars. Marple’s tiny little hamlet of a town is thrown into a tizzy when it is announced that a Hollywood…

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