The Spanish Apartment (L’Auberge Espanole)

BB (out of 5) French citizen Romain Duris decides to take advantage of the Erasmus program, an exchange that allows European citizens to study elsewhere on the continent, pursuing his goals of a post-graduate degree in the field of economics in Barcelona, Spain. Upon his arrival he is hosted by a fellow Frenchman and his beautiful … More The Spanish Apartment (L’Auberge Espanole)

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Calvary

BBBB (out of 5) John Michael McDonagh, brother of famed playwright Martin and a director in his own right, has made a film so unabashedly concerned with his native land’s cultural issues, hangups and history that it could just as easily be called This Is Ireland.  That said, the heart worn on the sleeve does … More Calvary

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Pride & Prejudice (2005)

JOE WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2005.  Focus Features, Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Scion Films.  Screenplay by Deborah Moggach, based on the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Roman Osin.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner,Paul Webster.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Paul Tothill.  Academy Awards 2005.  Golden Globe Awards 2005.  Toronto International Film … More Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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Triage (Shell Shock)

BB.5 (out of 5) Colin Farrell plays a war photographer who has spent almost two decades travelling the globe to disastrously conflicted places to do his work, heedless of the danger to himself. On most of his assignments he is accompanied by his best friend (Jamie Sives) and their latest sojourn is in war-torn Kurdistan, but … More Triage (Shell Shock)

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Flight

BB.5 (out of 5) Denzel Washington is a coke-snorting, booze-guzzling airline pilot whose excellent track record easily covers up his bad habits and helps him forget the trouble he left behind when he lost his marriage and son to his addictions.  A mechanical fault on a plane he is flying across the country nearly crashes … More Flight

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Me And Orson Welles

BBBB (out of 5) Memorably enjoyable comedy about a “never the same again after that summer” loss of innocence. Zac Efron is terrific as a young man in the 1930s who lets high school fall by the wayside when he gets the opportunity to be in a Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar and work … More Me And Orson Welles

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Maybe Baby

BB (out of 5) Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson are a happily married couple who are having an extremely difficult time getting pregnant. Despite making sure to have sex at all the exact times she ovulates, plus consulting all manner of medicinal advice, from the most to the least orthodox, it just does not seem to … More Maybe Baby

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