The Wife (2017)

BJORN RUNGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Sweden/USA, 2017.  Tempo Productions Limited, Anonymous Content, Film i Vast, Meta Film, Silver Reel, Spark Film & TV.  Screenplay by Jane Anderson, based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer.  Cinematography by Ulf Brantas.  Produced by Claudia Bluemhuber, Piodor Gustafsson, Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager Sorensen, Piers Tempest.  Music by Jocelyn Pook.  Production Design by Mark Leese.  Costume…

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Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

JAMES GUNN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Marvel Studios, Marvel Enterprises, Moving Picture Company.  Screenplay by James Gunn, Nicole Perlman, based on the comic book by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by Charles Wood.  Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne.  Film Editing by Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne, Craig Wood.  Academy Awards 2014.    Those…

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Hamlet (1990)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Mel Gibson is excellent in the title role of the much-depressed Danish prince whose recent loss of his father has put him into a quandary: is it possible to forgive his mother (Glenn Close) for immediately following the death of her husband with the marriage of her husband’s brother? When his father’s…

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The Safety Of Objects

BB (out of 5) So many movies dissecting suburban life in America have been made (American Beauty, The Ice Storm, etc.) that this bland multi-familied tale of four very different groups of people doesn’t really stand a chance. The centre of their lives is a teenager (Joshua Jackson) who was paralyzed in a car accident…

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Meeting Venus

BB.5 (out of 5) A Hungarian music conductor (Niels Arestrup) finally achieves his dream of being hired to conduct a bold new production of Wagner’s Tannhauser. Under the new “Unified Europe”, Arestrup manages to put together an international assortment of talents (and egos), starting right at the top with a world-class soprano (Glenn Close, singing…

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The Stepford Wives (2004)

BB.5 (out of 5) Updating a novel written in the sixties that was a satiric examination of America’s response to the new feminism might seem as pointless as Guy Ritchie’s modernizing Lina Wertmuller’s socialist drama Swept Away, but sadly the issues dealt with in Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives are still relevant ones.  Nicole Kidman…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful to the original animated version of the 60s than its predecessor, Lima keeps the pace going and keeps the action lively. This…

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Evening

BB.5 (out of 5) Vanessa Redgrave lies in palliative care awaiting the end, her mind a sea of emotions and memories that neither she nor her two devoted daughters (Natasha Richardson, Redgrave’s real-life daughter, and Toni Collette) can figure out. Her mind keeps taking her back to a particular summer of her youth when, played…

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Immediate Family

BBB (out of 5) Touching drama firmly addresses sensitive issues without pretending to have easy solutions for them. Glenn Close and James Woods play a happily married couple whose inability to have children naturally has led them to the route of adoption. They find an unwed, pregnant teenager (Mary Stuart Masterson) who chooses them to be the…

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101 Dalmatians (1996)

BB (out of 5) Boring, unnecessarily heavy adaptation of the 1961 Disney classic animated film (which in turn was adapted from the novel by Dodie Smith) now has carefree dalmatian owner Jeff Daniels as a video game designer instead of a songwriter, and wife Joely Richardson as an employee in the fashion house of Cruella De…

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Hook (1991)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1991.  Amblin Entertainment, TriStar Pictures. Screen story by James V. Hart, Nick Castle, Screenplay by James V. Hart, Malia Scotch Marmo, based on the play and books by J.M. Barrie.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Gerald R. Molen.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Norman Garwood.  Costume Design…

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