Aquaman (2018)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Australia/USA, 2018.  DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Panoramic Pictures, Rodeo FX, The Safran Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Geoff Johns, James Wan, Will Beall, Screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall, based on Aquaman created by Mort Weisinger, Paul Norris.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Peter Safran.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Production…

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Thoroughly Modern Millie

BBB (out of 5) Julie Andrews is a jazz baby who is determined to be the very definition of “modern”: it’s the roaring twenties and women have a freedom and equality to men that she plans to use to her best advantage, flattening her chest, bobbing her hair, getting a job (as a secretary) and hoping…

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The Sound Of Music

BBBB (out of 5) The hills are alive with some of the most enjoyable schmaltz you’ll ever see. There’s plenty to criticize in this candy-coloured version of the life of the Von Trapp Family Singers, but it’s just so damn chipper you might as well go with the flow and like it anyway.  Julie Andrews is absolutely…

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Mary Poppins

BBBBB (out of 5) After so many years, this film hasn’t aged a day: whether you’re a young tot or a full-grown adult it still retains its fresh charm and lively vigour. Julie Andrews is brilliant as the magical nanny who lives on a cloud and comes down to earth to be a guardian for children…

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Enchanted

BBBB (out of 5) Amy Adams simply could not be more endearing in this umpteenth sassification of classic fairy tales, as a storybook heroine who meets her handsome prince (James Marsden) in the world of Disney animation and goes to marry him the following day. Just before her wedding, however, the prince’s evil stepmother (Susan Sarandon,…

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Shrek The Third

BBB.5 (out of 5) You’d think that the pop culture references and jabs at traditional childhood fairy tales would have gotten old by the third installment, but this second sequel to the surprise 2001 hit (which was the highest critically rated film of its year) turns out be another fresh, if inevitably familiar, helping of…

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Hawaii (1966)

BBB (out of 5) This adaptation of one part of James Michener’s mammoth novel(s) is interesting from time to time but, for the most part, is a bore. Max von Sydow plays a fundamentalist missionary who takes a wife (Julie Andrews) and moves with her to the island of Hawaii to preach the gospel to the…

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The Americanization Of Emily

BBBB (out of 5) A comedy about D-Day? In Paddy Chayefsky’s brilliant screenplay, there is room made in cinema history for the one soldier who doesn’t want to be a war hero, and by God, James Garner is that man! He is excellent, in one of his very best film performances, as an American in…

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Trail Of The Pink Panther

BB (out of 5) Strictly for fans of Peter Sellers. In this Pink Panther comedy, Joanna Lumley stars as an optimistic television journalist who is searching all of Paris for the whereabouts of the missing Inspector Clouseau. Interviewing his friends and associates (mostly a Who’s Who of actors from the previous films, including David Niven, whose…

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Victor/Victoria

BBBB (out of 5) For hearty laughs and great music you can hardly do better than this delectable Blake Edwards comedy starring Julie Andrews as a starving singer in 1930s Paris. After befriending a gay nightclub singer (Robert Preston in one of his best performances) who has just been dumped by his haughty boyfriend, the…

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’10’

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pleasantly enjoyable sex comedy by Blake Edwards that never really amounts to much. Successful songwriter Dudley Moore is in a serious relationship with famous singer Julie Andrews, but the two haven’t made any definite decisions about their future. Moore catches a glimpse of a bride on her way to her wedding (Bo…

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The Pink Panther Strikes Again

BBBB (out of 5) Clouseau is back, and Herbert Lom‘s Inspector Dreyfus is determined to get rid of him once again. Having been driven into a mental institution by his hatred for the bumbling detective, Dreyfus (Lom) escapes and tries to kill Clouseau (Peter Sellers) himself.  When that doesn’t work, he figures the next best…

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