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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Wonder (2017)

STEPHEN CHBOSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Hong Kong, 2017.  Lionsgate, Mandeville Films, Participant Media, Walden Media.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, Steve Conrad, Jack Thorne, based on the novel by R.J. Palacio.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Kalina Ivanov.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by Mark Livolsi.  Academy Awards 2017.   A little…

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The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

BBBB (out of 5) Animation becomes poetry as Hayao Miyazaki makes what he has announced as his final film into an ode to dreaming itself.  This beautiful romance between both a man and a woman and a boy and his childhood dream tells the true story of Jiro Horikoshi, who adored flight as a child…

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Yentl

BBB (out of 5) Barbra Streisand fans will no doubt have nothing but the highest praise for this film, while those who are picky about either her or musicals are advised to look elsewhere. She plays the titular Eastern European girl at the turn of the century (who is obviously older than a girl and has…

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Impromptu

BBBB (out of 5) For some, the idea of making up a story that involves great historical figures of the art world might seem like total sacrilege, but in James Lapine’s delightful romantic comedy the experiment is the stuff of movie magic.  Judy Davis is indomitable as author Georges Sand, who vacations with a group of…

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Ragtime

BBBB (out of 5) This Milos Forman film adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow novel will be of particular interest to those who enjoyed the recent Broadway musical version (this one’s not a musical). It stars an ensemble cast whose interactions take place in turn-of-the-century America when the country was going through a major cultural upheaval…

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The Princess Bride

BBBB (out of 5) This magical film is a rare charmer, one that actually lives inside of a storybook.   A young boy (Fred Savage) is home from school with a bad cold, not the least bit pleased when his grandfather (Peter Falk) shows up and announces that he’s going to read him a story….

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Men With Guns

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent John Sayles drama about a Latin American teacher (Federico Luppi) who discovers that all the medical doctors he trained to go out into the dense jungles of his country and administer medicine to the poor have disappeared. He goes from village to village in search of his pupils, and each…

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Dick Tracy

BBBB (out of 5) Warren Beatty‘s recreation of Chester Gould’s thirties comic strip is nothing short of a work of art. Working with the same seven colours that comic-book printers had to work with back during the original publishings, Beatty’s production is dazzling enough to make up for the weak narrative. He directs himself as the title…

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Alien Nation

BBB (out of 5) In a futuristic world where alien lifeforms have landed on earth and live as an ethnic minority among the general population, a jaded old cop (James Caan) is about to learn a lesson in tolerance. A member of the race now known as “Newcomers” (Mandy Patinkin) is assigned as his partner,…

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Lulu On The Bridge

BB.5 (out of 5) This romantic drama with touches of science-fiction has moments of pure loveliness but doesn’t maintain its intensity throughout. Harvey Keitel plays a jazz musician whose career is taken away from him after he is shot by a deranged gunman during a performance. Months after recovering and left with a broken hand and…

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Maxie

BB.5 (out of 5) Glenn Close has a marvelous time clowning around in this forgettable comedy. She and her husband (Mandy Patinkin) move into an apartment once owned by an aspiring silent film actress who died in a car accident the morning of her screen test. Living in this place, Close fails to realize that the…

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