Tag Archive: Jim Broadbent

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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Paddington

BBB.5 (out of 5) Michael Bond’s delightful character creation, a veritable institution in England that was inspired by the sight of refugee children arriving in London in World War II, is brought to… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Hot Fuzz

BBBB (out of 5) The makers of Shaun Of The Dead have returned with another satire that inverts a popular Hollywood genre, this time the buddy-cop action movie. Affable Simon Pegg plays an… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas

BB.5 (out of 5) A scientist in the late nineteenth century is beset by illness while on an ocean voyage; a composer in England in the 1930s becomes assistant to a cantankerous legend… Continue reading

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Art School Confidential

BB (out of 5) Terry Zwigoff returns to the world of conflicted teenagers that he exposed so well in Ghost World but with inferior results. Max Minghella plays an aspiring artist who finds himself… Continue reading

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Inkheart

BB.5 (out of 5) It seems that there are people among us who possess a special power we don’t know about: their reading books out loud makes the characters on the pages come… Continue reading

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Robots

BBB (out of 5) In a world where mechanized robots are living creatures with hearts and souls, young Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) dreams of making it as an inventor. Growing up in a… Continue reading

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Vanity Fair

BBB (out of 5) Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon), the orphan child of artists who has no name or fortune, leaves the boarding school where she has worked for her education and enters the… Continue reading

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Nicholas Nickleby

BBBBB (out of 5) After the abysmal Company Man, writer-director Douglas McGrath returns to the formula that previously yielded him the delightful Emma.  Charlie Hunnam is terrific as the titular hero in this winning… Continue reading

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Bridget Jones’s Diary

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Brilliant adaptation of Helen Fielding’s acerbic novel about the day-to-day life of the titular boozing, smoking and somewhat graceless little lass, played with career-topping zeal by Renee Zellweger (who manages… Continue reading

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Moulin Rouge!

BBBB (out of 5) Forcefully passionate, Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s third film drops you immediately into a carnivalesque world of magical and musical mayhem, telling the story of a young writer (Ewan McGregor) who… Continue reading

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Richard III (1995)

BB.5 (out of 5) So much effort has been put into the design of this stylish adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most violent plays that the original material is sunken into the background… Continue reading

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The Iron Lady

BBB (out of 5) A slightly disoriented eighty year-old woman buys milk at a local supermarket and comes home to tell her husband, over breakfast, that the price has gone up and isn’t… Continue reading

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Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason

BB (out of 5) Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time: Renee Zellweger‘s performance as Bridget Jones in the 2001 comedy classic was so effortlessly charming at capturing an awkward… Continue reading

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Widows’ Peak

BBBB (out of 5) In the sleepy town of Kilshannon in Ireland, Mrs. Doyle Counihan (Joan Plowright) and Miss O’Hara (Mia Farrow) live on the town’s high hill called Widows’ Peak. An old… Continue reading

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Little Voice

BBB (out of 5) Cute musical film about a super-talented mimic (Jane Horrocks, in a role that was written for her) living in a dull northern England town who is discovered by a… Continue reading

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Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

BBBB (out of 5) A mere twenty-seven years after he found the Ark of the Covenant and gave Star Wars a run for its money at the box office, cinema’s beloved archaeologist/adventurer is… 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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Superman IV: The Quest For Peace

BB.5 (out of 5) Christopher Reeve‘s hero franchise definitely reached its finale when this under-baked adventure was released. Despite an earnest plot line devoted to dealing with current world issues (nuclear disarmament and… Continue reading

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Bright Young Things

BBB (out of 5) Delightful adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies, and a promising directorial debut by actor Stephen Fry. Stephen Campbell Moore is wonderful as a London journalist and impoverished aristocrat who travels… Continue reading

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Iris

BBBB (out of 5) Exceptional performances from some of the best British actors out there are the life’s breath of this movie about late writer Iris Murdoch. Based on the biography by her… Continue reading

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The Hit

BBBB.5 (out of 5) British criminal Terence Stamp goes into witness protection in Spain after ratting on a fellow gangster and his buddies. Now living the high life in seclusion, his idyll is disturbed… Continue reading

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Around The World In 80 Days (2004)

BB.5 (out of 5) In this moderately entertaining action comedy, Jules Verne’s classic tale has been turned into a travelogue video game, with eager scientist Phineas Fogg (who is an inventor in this… Continue reading

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The Crying Game

BBBBB (out of 5) An IRA ‘volunteer’ grows attached to the British soldier he has taken hostage, and as penance for his sins travels to London and seeks out the soldier’s wife. That’s… Continue reading

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Gangs Of New York

BBBB (out of 5) Martin Scorsese’s dream project of the last thirty years has finally made it to the big screen with mostly successful results. The story is GoodFellas but set a hundred… Continue reading

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Enchanted April

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This film may at first seem to be a run-of-the-mill, harmless period piece, but in actuality it’s the best harmless period piece of the year. Four bored and lonely… Continue reading

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Another Year

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A group of characters are observed throughout four seasons in this lyrically beautiful film by Mike Leigh. While he customarily focuses on the interactions between working-class Londoners, in this… Continue reading

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Vera Drake

BBBBB (out of 5) A regular 1950s housewife in working-class London, Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton) goes about her job as charwoman for various wealthy houses in London, fitting in domestic duties for ailing… Continue reading

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Life Is Sweet

BBBB (out of 5) Fans of Mike Leigh’s brilliant Secrets And Lies should definitely check out this less impressive but still excellent examination of a working-class British family. Mom Alison Steadman (Mrs. Leigh… Continue reading

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The Avengers (1998)

B (out of 5) Laughably lame action film based on the swinging sixties show has Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman, resting comfortably at the top of their sex appeal, as two supersleuths whose… Continue reading

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Topsy-Turvy

BBBBB (out of 5) You will not find a more convincing film that depicts the Victorian age: every single time a beautifully crafted character in Mike Leigh’s latest addition to his brilliant oeuvre… Continue reading

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Smilla’s Sense Of Snow

BBB.5 (out of 5) Julia Ormond is fantastic in this story about a half-Inuit woman living in Copenhagen who believes a little boy’s accidental death in her apartment building was more than just accidental.… Continue reading

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Bullets Over Broadway

BBBB.5 (out of 5) John Cusack plays an idealistic playwright in 1930s New York City who decides that, for his latest opus, he will make absolutely no concessions: he will direct it himself to… Continue reading

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The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

BB (out of 5) The Christians can go ahead and call Harry Potter Satanic if they want to, but I don’t remember any Hogwarts professors handing knives and swords to children. Considering it… Continue reading

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