Jurassic World

BBB (out of 5) Just because the monsters get out of hand and tear humans apart is no reason to avoid the moneymaking potential they provide, which is why Richard Attenborough’s failed dream has been resurrected almost 20 years later.  Jurassic World is up and running, its attractions allowing people to see giant prehistoric creatures…

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The Amazing Spider-Man

BBBB (out of 5) Deja vu is a disconcerting feeling in this reboot of the superhero franchise, a mere decade after it was originally launched by Sam Raimi with Tobey Maguire in the lead; here we follow the same plot (more or less) with the same goal of setting Peter Parker up in his new…

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Partition

BBBB (out of 5) Britain’s withdrawal from India after centuries of colonization leaves the country divided by civil strife, with opposing factions of Seikhs and Muslims creating the nation of Pakistan out of a terrible war of religious ideologies that kills many people on both sides of the line. In this film, the heart of…

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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son,…

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A Mighty Heart

BBBB (out of 5) True-life story of Daniel and Mariane Pearl is given solid treatment by director Michael Winterbottom. The Pearls (Dan Futterman, Angelina Jolie) are journalists stationed in Karachi, Pakistan who have their world upended when he is kidnapped by an Islamic fundamentalist group and she, six months pregnant, is left wondering about his…

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Slumdog Millionaire

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The fairy tale begins with success: Jamal, a young Mumbai boy, wins millions of rupees on the Indian version of Who’s Wants To Be A Millionaire but then is immediately suspected of cheating. After the police beat and torture him, they sit and listen as Jamal spins a yarn of chance…

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The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Collage Cinemagraphique, American Empirical Pictures, Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Scott Rudin.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.   There’s a moment of pure beauty somewhere…

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Life Of Pi

BBB (out of 5) Ang Lee transfers Yann Martel’s bestselling novel to the big screen with gorgeous and superficial results. A Canadian journalist (Rafe Spall) goes to the Montreal home of a university professor (Irrfan Khan) after being told that he has a story to relate that is so impressive that it will make him…

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