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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The Artist And The Model (El Artista Y La Modelo)

BB.5 (out of 5) A Spanish girl emerges from the bushes on the French side of the border in 1943 and happens upon the country home of an aging sculptor (Jean Rochefort) and his former model wife (Claudia Cardinale).  She needs money and a place to stay, so she begins to pose for the artist,…

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The Bodyguard

BB.5 (out of 5) Whitney Houston made her feature starring debut in this middling thriller that is too shallow to be effective, but makes for brainlessly enjoyable viewing nonetheless. Kevin Costner plays a hardened bodyguard who is assigned to protect singing superstar Houston when she is threatened by a dangerously obsessive fan. Houston proves herself charismatic…

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Blood And Wine

BB.5 So-so emotional thriller stars Jack Nicholson and Judy Davis as a Florida wine merchant and his unsuspecting wife who has no idea that her husband and a small-time hood (Michael Caine) are planning the jewel robbery of one of his richest clients.  Jennifer Lopez probably has the film’s best moments as their son’s girlfriend, a good girl…

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