The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Spain, 2016.  Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Crea SGR, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Movistar+, The Queen Picture.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Anne Deluz, Mercedes Gamero, Cristina Huete, Mikel Lejarza.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Juan Pedro de Gaspar. …

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Shanghai Spell (El Embrujo De Shanghai)

BB.5 (out of 5) A young boy in Franco’s Spain spends his days as companion to the batty old Captain who wanders about town spewing his nutty opinions to anyone who will listen. The rest of the time the boy keeps company with the local beauty’s daughter, a young woman who is afflicted with tuberculosis….

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Belle Epoque

BBB (out of 5) An army deserter happens upon a farm that houses a man and his four daughters. Immediately offering him shelter, the old man has no idea what trouble he is inviting by introducing this young buck to four girls who have too little exposure to the male element. One by one the…

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No Shame (Sin Verguenza)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Frothy but inventive Spanish comedy about the petty jealousies, tragedies and triumphs that befall a troupe of acting students when a famous director announces that he will be sitting in on their scene studies before casting his next film. The twist is that the script he is preparing to film is…

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Conan The Barbarian (1982)

BBB.5 (out of 5) After losing his entire tribe, including his family, to the evils of a powerful sorcerer (James Earl Jones), Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) grows up to be a powerful warrior in the hopes that he will one day avenge his people. Travelling across many lands, he journeys towards the castle of the sorcerer…

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