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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Common Wealth (La Comunidad)

BBBB (out of 5) Deliciously droll horror comedy starring an outstanding Carmen Maura as a real estate agent who is trying to rent out a swanky furnished apartment in a grossly run-down building. Without any prospective renters biting, she takes up temporary residence in the place herself, giving her and her economically humbled husband somewhere nice…

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Belle Epoque

BBB (out of 5) An army deserter happens upon a farm that houses a man and his four daughters. Immediately offering him shelter, the old man has no idea what trouble he is inviting by introducing this young buck to four girls who have too little exposure to the male element. One by one the…

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Kika

BBBB (out of 5) An Almodovar film has rarely been naughtier. After a delightfully dizzy makeup artist named Kika (Verónica Forqué, for whom the role was specifically written) starts applying makeup to a young man (Àlex Casanovas) recently dead of a heart attack, he revives during her work and falls in love with her. Years…

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