Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Twentieth Century Fox, Genre Films, Kinberg Genre, The Mark Gordon Company, Scott Free Productions, Latina Pictures, The Estate of Agatha Christie.  Malta/USA, 2017.  Screenplay by Michael Green, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Kenneth Branagh, Mark Gordon, Judy Hofflund, Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production…

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

BB.5 (out of 5) J.K. Rowling exploits her fans for all they’re worth in this original screenplay based in the world of her megahit Harry Potter series, taking place decades before the action in the previous books and films in the series. Eddie Redmayne gives a hopelessly mannered performance as an enthusiastic collector of wondrous creatures who…

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Black Mass

BB (out of 5) Combining a true-life crime figure who was larger than life with the tradition of charismatic mob dramas that have been coming from the Warner Bros logo for decades should have provided for another Long Good Friday, something residing comfortably between gritty drama and the sexy mythologizing that these films have been…

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Into The Woods

BBB (out of 5) The ever-popular Tony Award-winning Broadway musical has finally made its way to the big screen via the purveyor of the modern movie singalong, Rob Marshall.  It keeps the plotting essentially the same to the original show, with a comprehensive collection of classic fairy tales thrown into a jumble surrounding the needs…

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Lucky Them

BBBB (out of 5) Toni Collette plays a columnist for a Seattle music magazine whose lifestyle of getting drunk with rockers and infuriating her boss with her inability to meet deadlines is starting to get old. She isn’t getting any younger herself, and her editor (Oliver Platt) is having a difficult time keeping her on staff…

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Rango

BBBB (out of 5) Did you ever wonder what all those scaly critters were doing during westerns while John Wayne was duking it out against the bad guys? Apparently having a showdown of their own! At least that’s what we learn after a pet lizard (voiced irresistibly by Johnny Depp) accidentally falls out of his…

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End

BB (out of 5) Johnny Depp hilariously sashays his way through another overblown mess in this third pirate adventure inspired by the Disneyland ride. Picking up where the last chapter left off (the two films were actually filmed together), the film has crew members Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom sailing to the ends of the earth…

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

B (out of 5) Hackneyed sequel to the successful original is only worthwhile as a continued showcase for Johnny Depp‘s immensely likable Captain Jack Sparrow. Orlando Bloom‘s Will Turner is arrested along with his beloved fiancee Elizabeth (Keira Knightley, constantly jutting her lower jaw to honour the Empire) for having aided Sparrow in his escape…

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

BB.5 (out of 5) A young woman (Keira Knightley) grows up in British-controlled Jamaica hoping for all the things that “modern” women in period movies long for: a marriage to someone with integrity (i.e. he’s not as rich as her but doesn’t mind), lots of crazy adventure and the chance to reject nasty men. She…

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Charlie: The Life and Art Of Charles Chaplin

BBBB (out of 5) Those disappointed in Richard Attenborough’s film Chaplin should definitely take a look at this excellent documentary, as it features information on his colourful personal life but concentrates on what made him the most beloved figure in cinematic history: his work. Narrated by Sydney Pollack and featuring a vast array of film clips…

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Once Upon A Time In Mexico

BB.5 (out of 5) The events of Desperado have now been followed up by a grandly filmed sequel, with Antonio Banderas returning as the guitar-slinging gunman and Salma Hayek making a brief appearance as his beautiful love interest. The cast has been filled out with a whole new bevy of sidekicks and villains, from a…

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