The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Spain, 2016.  Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Crea SGR, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Movistar+, The Queen Picture.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Anne Deluz, Mercedes Gamero, Cristina Huete, Mikel Lejarza.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Juan Pedro de Gaspar. …

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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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