Career Girls (1997)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Channel Four Films, Thin Man Films, Matrix Films, Channel 4 Television Corporation.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.   Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams.  Music by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Tony Remy.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Film Editing by Robin Sales. Mike Leigh scores a rare misfire with this drab story…

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Captives

BB.5 (out of 5) Julia Ormond is a do-gooder dentist who volunteers her time to provide care for inmates at a British prison. Her wits are no match for her heart, unfortunately, when she meets violent sociopath Tim Roth and begins to feel passionately about him, before long having illicit sex with him in dirty…

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All Or Nothing

BBBB (out of 5) Mike Leigh returns with yet another incisive and touching look at life among London’s working classes. Bored, middle-aged couple Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville do their best to keep it together while their children live in emotional misery. Their son is a foul-mouthed git who sits on his lazy duff and watches TV…

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Secrets And Lies

BBBBB (out of 5) Working from a script Mike Leigh wrote based on his performers’ improvisational work in rehearsals, actors Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste come as close to true-to-life acting as can be expected; you might sometimes feel like you’re watching a documentary. Blethyn plays Cynthia, an aging, working-class white woman who is found by Hortense…

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Under The Skin (1997)

BB (out of 5) Samantha Morton and Claire Rushbrook are as opposite as sisters can be in this drama about family grief. When their mother dies and leaves them virtually alone, the two women react in their own ways to the emptiness that they find themselves with; Rushbrook taking refuge in her middle-class life and impending pregnancy,…

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