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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Amor De Hombre

BBB (out of 5) Adorable romantic comedy that examines a year in the life, from birthday to birthday, of a lonely single woman whose friends are all gay men. While she looks for the cure for her solitude, her best friend in the world becomes obsessed with a manipulative fitness instructor against her best advice….

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Turkish Passion (La Pasion Turca)

BB (out of 5) Limp soap opera about a Spanish woman who, following a miscarriage, travels with her husband to exotic Istanbul to find some peace of mind. There she meets a sexy antiques dealer (Georges Corraface) with whom she starts a torrid affair, eventually leaving her husband and becoming her swarthy lover’s sex slave….

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Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella)

BBBBB (out of 5) Benigno (Javier Cámara) is a nurse who is deeply obsessed with comatose Alicia (Leonor Watling), whom he takes care of at the hospital where he works. Marco (Darío Grandinetti) is in love with Lidia (Rosario Flores), a bullfighter who has just fallen into a coma herself after a terrible accident in…

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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Atame!)

BBBB (out of 5) Pedro Almodovar really pulls out all the stops for this romantic comedy. Antonio Banderas (who has never been more attractive, before or since) plays a recently released mental patient who kidnaps a former porn star recently gone legit (Victoria Abril) and tells her that he’s been dreaming of her for years. He…

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