Quartet (2012)

BB.5 (out of 5) A retirement home for successful classical musicians is the setting for this comedy adapted from Ronald Harwood’s play, which also marks the directorial debut of actor Dustin Hoffman.  Maggie Smith plays a world-famous opera singer who has decided to enter her dotage, made worse when it turns out that her ex-husband (Tom … More Quartet (2012)

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Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2008)

BHARAT NALLURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2008.  Focus Features, Kudos Productions Ltd., Keylight Productions, Twins Financing, Shine Pictures.  Screenplay by David Magee, Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel by Winifred Watson.  Cinematography by John de Borman.  Produced by Nellie Bellflower, Stephen Garrett.  Music by Paul Englishby.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Michael O’Connor.  Film Editing by Barney Pilling.   … More Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2008)

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The Guru

BBBB (out of 5) In this delightful comedy, a young Indian man (Jimi Mistry) leaves his home and family back in India and makes his way to New York City to become a big star. His friends tell him to give up and accept what little opportunities are offered to foreigners in America, but Mistry … More The Guru

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Hideous Kinky

BBB (out of 5) The first of two films in 1999 in which Kate Winslet  got a tan and travelled to a hot climate in search of spiritual fulfillment (the other being Holy Smoke) is the inferior of the two, but it still has much to recommend it. Gillies MacKinnon’s uneven adventure has Winslet as a … More Hideous Kinky

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Last Chance Harvey

BB (out of 5) Dustin Hoffman is barely holding onto his commercial jingle-writing career as he gets off a plane in London to attend the wedding of his estranged daughter (Liane Balaban). Ignored at the pre-party and ceremony, he goes to return to the U.S. to save his job when he finds out he’s been fired … More Last Chance Harvey

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Saving Grace

BB.5 (out of 5) One-joke comedy that benefits from the brilliant performance by its beautiful star Brenda Blethyn.  She plays the widow of a seemingly rich man who after death leaves her without a penny in the bank and nothing to protect her from losing her beautiful country home. The solution is easy, of course: … More Saving Grace

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