Secret Ceremony

BBB (out of 5) While visiting the grave of the daughter she lost as a child, Elizabeth Taylor discovers she’s being followed by a morose young woman (Mia Farrow) who takes advantage of her grief and drags her to her empty palace of a London home. Taylor’s resemblance to Farrow’s deceased mother easily allows her to…

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Supergirl

BB.5 (out of 5) America’s favourite superhero actually comes from an entire race of superior beings, his one cousin a delightful young lady who comes to Earth when the power source for her planet, a tiny orb that spins in the palm of your hand, escapes her home and travels through the galaxy and lands in…

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Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s one of the most notorious celebrity-related crime cases in history, so confused by rumour and hearsay that this film’s desire to set the record straight is admirable to say the least. Roman Polanski was already an established superstar filmmaker when police arrested him for unlawful sexual intercourse with a thirteen…

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The Omen (2006)

B (out of 5) What made thriller/horror movies of the sixties and seventies (The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, even Marathon Man) so effective was that they always took place in the real world, thus making their paranormal events such as giving birth to the devil’s child or being operated on by a psychotic Nazi dentist seem…

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Widows’ Peak

BBBB (out of 5) In the sleepy town of Kilshannon in Ireland, Mrs. Doyle Counihan (Joan Plowright) and Miss O’Hara (Mia Farrow) live on the town’s high hill called Widows’ Peak. An old ancestor had it in her will that only widows live on the little mount, and so it has stayed for a century….

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Death On The Nile

BBBB (out of 5) Like Murder On The Orient Express before it, this is an energetic and enjoyable adaptation of an Agatha Christie murder mystery. A group of strangers, old aristocrats and young lovers among them, travel on a barge down the famed Egyptian river and are shocked when one of their passengers, a beautiful…

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Be Kind Rewind

B.5 (out of 5) In this unholy mess of a film, Mos Def manages a failing video store in a run-down New Jersey tenement for his honorary adoptive father (Danny Glover).  Jack Black is his best friend, a junkyard worker who tries to sabotage the power plant he suspects of giving him constant headaches and…

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Miami Rhapsody

BBB (out of 5) I love Sarah Jessica Parker‘s nebbish routine in this very funny Miami-set romance, about a young woman who has just gotten engaged to be married to her sweet boyfriend (Gil Bellows) only to find out that everyone around her is having the worst of marital problems: her parents (Paul Mazursky, Mia…

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The Great Gatsby (1974)

BB (out of 5) This production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved American novel was so overly hyped up before its theatrical release it’s no wonder it was such a disappointment (Gatsby vacuum cleaners were on the market to coincide with is release).  Even without all this noise, the film couldn’t have gone too far with…

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Rosemary’s Baby

BBBBB (out of 5) The horror classic to end all horror classics! Mia Farrow ignited a successful film career with her star turn in this fantastic adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel, which also served as Roman Polanski’s major Hollywood debut. Farrow plays a housewife to a moderately successful actor (John Cassavetes, whose character’s three commercials and…

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Arthur And The Invisibles (Arthur Et Les Minimoys) (2006)

LUC BESSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France, 2006.  EuropaCorp, Avalanche Productions, Canal+, Sofica Europacorp.  Created by Patrice Garcia, Georges Bouchelagem, Philippe Rouchier, Nicolas Fructus,Screenplay by Celine Garcia, Luc Besson, based on the book by Luc Besson.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Luc Besson.  Music by Eric Serra.  Production Design by Hugues Tissandier.  Costume Design by Olivier Beriot.  Film Editing by Karim Benhammouda,…

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Dark Horse

BBB (out of 5) Rotund underachiever Jordan Gelber meets moody Selma Blair at a wedding and decides that she is his opportunity to move on from his parents’ home and get married. Currently, his lifestyle of driving a big hummer in the suburbs and collecting action figures is constantly put down by the fact that his handsome…

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