Career Girls (1997)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Channel Four Films, Thin Man Films, Matrix Films, Channel 4 Television Corporation.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.   Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams.  Music by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Tony Remy.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Film Editing by Robin Sales. Mike Leigh scores a rare misfire with this drab story…

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Breaking And Entering

BBBB (out of 5) Jude Law is a landscape architect who is devastated when his brand new office is broken into by thugs and all its expensive equipment stolen, including his laptop with personal photos and videos. At home, his wife (Robin Wright) is thoroughly frustrated by her developmentally challenged daughter, for whose care she…

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The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

BB (out of 5) Good luck figuring out what is going on here. A magical travelling show appears in the middle of London whose painted backdrops, once entered, take a person to alternate worlds. We learn eventually that the titular mystical old man who runs the spectacle (Christopher Plummer) is hundreds of years old after…

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All Or Nothing

BBBB (out of 5) Mike Leigh returns with yet another incisive and touching look at life among London’s working classes. Bored, middle-aged couple Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville do their best to keep it together while their children live in emotional misery. Their son is a foul-mouthed git who sits on his lazy duff and watches TV…

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Topsy-Turvy

BBBBB (out of 5) You will not find a more convincing film that depicts the Victorian age: every single time a beautifully crafted character in Mike Leigh’s latest addition to his brilliant oeuvre enters a room, you are swept over with the feeling that someone has pored over every detail of production and costume design….

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Blow Dry

BBB (out of 5) Natasha Richardson discovers she’s dying of a terminal illness and wants to make up for past relationship problems. Her ex-husband (Alan Rickman), still bitter over her leaving him for another woman (Rachel Griffiths) and starting her own salon, abandoned his hopes of winning a hairstyling contest years earlier in which all…

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