Tag Archive: Ian Holm

Esther Kahn

BB.5 (out of 5) The title character is one of five children of a poor Jewish family in London, an absent-minded girl who is transfixed by what she sees on the stage when she… Continue reading

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies

BB.5 (out of 5) More bloated mayhem from the imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien as yet another trilogy comes to a close. The film opens with the messiness of Smaug setting Laketown on fire,… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Joe Gould’s Secret

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pleasant tribute to Manhattan life in the 1940s, with Stanley Tucci (who also directs) playing New Yorker columnist Joe Mitchell. Mitchell comes upon the story of the decade when he… Continue reading

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Bless The Child

B.5 (out of 5) Kim Basinger gives a strong performance in the lead role but her abilities can’t save this lame story from its mundane nature. Riding on the wave of spiritual thrillers that… Continue reading

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The Advocate (The Hour Of The Pig)

BBB (out of 5) In the Middle Ages in France, animals were considered as equally subject to the law as humans were, and therefore the crimes they committed were brought to public trials… Continue reading

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Beautiful Joe

BBB (out of 5) Don’t be fooled by the slick heist-film-like appearance of the video cover: this one’s all heart. Billy Connolly stars as a terminally ill man who decides his life as an… Continue reading

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The Madness Of King George

BBBB (out of 5) King George III (Nigel Hawthorne) is suffering from an unknown ailment that threatens to render him unfit to sit upon the throne of England. This is a huge problem… Continue reading

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From Hell

BB.5 (out of 5) Annoyingly boring movie about Jack The Ripper that was intended by directors Allen and Albert Hughes to be the definitive movie on the world’s premier and most mysterious serial… Continue reading

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Nicholas And Alexandra

B.5 (out of 5) If the real Romanovs were this boring it’s no wonder they were all shot. Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman play the famed Czar and Czarina of Russia, the last two monarchs… Continue reading

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Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes

BBBB (out of 5) I haven’t seen enough Tarzan movies to say for sure that this one is the best, but it definitely ranks in the top five. Christopher Lambert plays the man who… Continue reading

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Chariots Of Fire

BBBB (out of 5) Inspirational, touching tale of underdog glory that managed to win Oscar’s heart (in a surprise victory at the 1981 Academy Awards) and enchant audiences for years (the score is still… Continue reading

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Brazil

BBBB (out of 5) Terry Gilliam’s impressive vision of a ‘retro-future’ has lost a little of its original bloom but is still a very impressive work of art. Jonathan Pryce plays a bureaucrat… Continue reading

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Time Bandits

BB.5 (out of 5) A little boy lives with his technologically obsessed parents who ignore him in favour of the many gadgets in their super modern apartment in near-future London. The boy dreams… Continue reading

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Alien

BBBBB (out of 5) In space, no one can hear you scream, but since most movie theatres are situated on the planet Earth, feel free to shriek your heart away. Some of the… Continue reading

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The Day After Tomorrow

BBB (out of 5) The world is coming to an end once again, and this time it is not a meteor or the earth’s core that has betrayed us, it is the polar… Continue reading

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The Sweet Hereafter

BBBB (out of 5) Atom Egoyan’s critical hit drama is a sometimes precious but effective and haunting film.  Ian Holm is the bloodsucking lawyer who visits Alberta in order to rally up its residents… Continue reading

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Strangers With Candy

BB.5 (out of 5) Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello‘s boundary-challenging television show makes it to the big screen in this often hilarious but mostly shallow prequel to the events that take place… Continue reading

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Naked Lunch

BBBB (out of 5) David Cronenberg freely adapts the novel by William S. Burroughs, taking his prose and incorporating aspects of Burroughs’ own biography as the guide for its interpretation. Peter Weller plays… Continue reading

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Dance With A Stranger

BBB (out of 5) Miranda Richardson made her film debut in this true-life drama about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Great Britain.  A single woman with a ten year-old… Continue reading

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Prisoner Of Paradise

BBBB (out of 5) The kind of horror story that only reality can produce. Kurt Gerron was a highly successful actor in German theatre and cinema, a puffy-faced character whose highly charismatic performances… Continue reading

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

BB (out of 5) It’s always a shock when a hack job rip-off of a great movie is perpetuated by the same filmmaker who made the brilliant original, but that is the case… Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

BBBBB (out of 5) The exciting, brilliant trilogy finally reaches its breathtaking conclusion of Frodo’s quest to save Middle Earth . While Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) continue to lead the… Continue reading

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

BB.5 (out of 5) Leaden adaptation of the popular Mary Shelley novel attempts to go the extra mile that James Whale’s 1931 version didn’t go by sticking to the more dramatic elements of… 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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Garden State

BBB (out of 5) Zach Braff directs and stars as a struggling Los Angeles actor who flies home to New Jersey to attend his mother’s funeral. He hooks up with an old friend… Continue reading

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A Life Less Ordinary

BB.5 (out of 5) At times fun, at times frustrating comedy by Danny Boyle about two seriously disturbed angels (Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo) who are sent down to earth to oversee the romance… Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

BBBBB (out of 5) Sprawling adaptation of the first of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy of fantasy novels (and the first of a trilogy of films) that centre around the adventures of pure-hearted hobbit Frodo… Continue reading

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The Aviator (2004)

BBBBB (out of 5) Scintillating biopic of the millionaire mogul Howard Hughes’ younger years, when his dreams of aviation took him from Texas to Hollywood and then into the skies. Hughes takes his… Continue reading

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Robin And Marian

BBBB (out of 5) The fables of Robin Hood are told somewhat differently in this wonderful film. Sean Connery plays the aging nobleman who comes home from fighting the crusades a tired and beaten… Continue reading

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Ratatouille

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Brad Bird, the artist behind Pixar’s superhit The Incredibles, returns with another full-scale charmer. Remy is an adorable country rat with a sharp sense of taste and smell who… Continue reading

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The Fifth Element

BBB (out of 5) Highly imaginative and colourful science-fiction film has an unnecessarily complicated plot but a lively visual style. Bruce Willis is a futuristic-metropolis cab driver living in a minuscule condo unit who thinks… Continue reading

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Lord Of War

BB.5 (out of 5) Andrew Niccol continues his criticism of our increasingly mechanized world with this insightful but underwhelming film about the rise to power of a money-minded arms dealer (Nicolas Cage). After… Continue reading

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Oh! What A Lovely War

BB.5 (out of 5) Already a celebrated actor, Richard Attenborough made his directorial debut with this bloated, partly enjoyable war epic. Based on the stage play of the same name, it re-imagines the first… Continue reading

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Big Night

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Those who love great movies about food like Babette’s Feast, Like Water For Chocolate and A Chef In Love will get a lot out of this brilliant comedy-drama. Two… Continue reading

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Another Woman

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen returns to the Bergmanesque style that served him so well in Interiors (but did not in September). A female version of Wild Strawberries, it stars a brilliant Gena… Continue reading

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