Paddington 2 (2017)

PAUL KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/France/USA, 2017.  StudioCanal, Anton Capital Entertainment, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Canal+, Cine+, Heyday Films, Marmalade Films Ltd..  Screenplay by Paul King, Simon Farnaby, based on Paddington Bear created by Michael Bond.  Cinematography by Erik Wilson.  Produced by David Heyman.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Gary Williamson.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by…

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Bridget Jones’s Baby

BBBB (out of 5) Fifteen years after she first charmed us, and twelve years after she disappointed us with a sequel, the adorable London singleton is back and, despite not having been in a major film in a while, Renee Zellweger still has all the breezy, perfectly timed appeal that she brought to the role the first time…

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The Legend Of Tarzan

BB.5 (out of 5) How you gonna keep him down on the manse, after he’s seen the free, free jungles of Africa?  Tarzan, now John Clayton, lord of Greystoke, has returned to the land of his ancestry and is the proper gentleman of his estate, living happily with his wife Jane and charming the children with…

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The Lady In The Van

BBBB (out of 5) Having newly found his footing as a playwright on the London stage, Alan Bennett (portrayed with effortless delight by Alex Jennings) moves into a fashionable house in Camden and immediately discovers once of its dubious charms: an elderly, not perpetually stable woman (Maggie Smith) who is rank in odor and often in…

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Paddington (2014)

PAUL KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/France, 2014.  StudioCanal, Anton Capital Entertainment, TF1 Films Production, Canal+, Cine+, TF1, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Heyday Films, The Weinstein Company.  Screen story by Hamish McColl, Paul King, Screenplay by Paul King, based on the character Paddington Bear by Michael Bond.  Cinematography by Erik Wilson.  Produced by David Heyman.  Music by Nick Urata.  Production Design…

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Brooklyn

BBB.5 (out of 5) Colm Toibin’s novel is adapted by Nick Hornby with pleasing results, starring Saoirse Ronan as the determined young woman who emigrates from Ireland to America in 1952 and does not allow herself to get swallowed up by the gigantic world she encounters. Encouraged to go by her loving older sister and sponsored…

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The Go-Between

BBBB (out of 5) The aristocratic gentry play host at their sprawling estate to Leo, a young boy who goes to school with the family’s youngest son and immediately becomes the pet of his friend’s older sister (Julie Christie).  Leo is enamored of the gorgeous young woman, and thinks nothing of it when she begins…

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Le Week-End

BBBB (out of 5) Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are an aging couple running off to Paris to celebrate their anniversary.  They’re disappointed in their choice of run-down hotel, so they immediately decamp and head to a luxury suite in a fashionable neighbourhood (expensive be damned), before spending the afternoon veering between vicious frustration over the failed aspects…

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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

BB (out of 5) Yet another academic year at the Hogwarts school as the kids grow older and their hormones start pointing them towards each other for more than just spells and potions. Newly added to the staff is Jim Broadbent (brilliant as always), come to teach the kids the ins and outs of potion-mixing but…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Seven books, eight movies and a whole heck of a lot of merchandising finally come down to a final adventure featuring the plucky young wizard and his best friends going head to head with a noseless evil who looks like a tapeworm. After mooning about without doing anything interesting for three…

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Hot Fuzz (2007)

EDGAR WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/France, 2007.  StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Big Talk Productions, Ingenious Film Partners.  Screenplay by Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nira Park.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Marcus Rowland.  Costume Design by Annie Hardinge.  Film Editing by Chris Dickens.   The makers of Shaun Of The Dead have returned with…

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The Young Victoria

BBBB (out of 5) Having lost her father in infancy, princess Victoria grows up in a cage with golden bars under the careful watch of her politically scheming mother (Miranda Richardson) and her mother’s even more viciously ambitious advisor (Mark Strong). As Victoria is next in line for the throne, and King William (Jim Broadbent)…

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