Tag Archive: Michael Caine

X Y & Zee (Zee And Co.)

BBB (out of 5) Trash should always be this fun. Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine have no end of fun camping it up in this melodrama, in which they play a married couple who have their… Continue reading

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Youth

BBBB (out of 5) Famous composer and conductor Michael Caine and filmmaker Harvey Keitel are old friends staying at a luxurious resort in Switzerland, Caine retired from conducting music and Keitel working on… Continue reading

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Hurry Sundown

BB.5 (out of 5) Dramatically inept yet strangely riveting tale of racism in the American south, a surprisingly uneven affair by director Otto Preminger. Greedy Michael Caine is hoping to cash in big when… Continue reading

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Victory (Escape To Victory)

BB (out of 5) A year after this film’s release, Sylvester Stallone would win the Vietnam War single-handedly with a machine gun, but did you know that before this he settled World War II… Continue reading

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

BBBB (out of 5) More than a decade after his military father was killed in the field, young punk Taron Egerton has grown up a rough London bloke who is at odds with his… Continue reading

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Interstellar

B.5 (out of 5) In the not-too-distant future, the scarcity of food has made agriculture the world’s primary focus, with sciences relegated to as frivolous a pursuit as acting, and historical events like… Continue reading

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The Weather Man

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Nicolas Cage plays a Chicago weather reporter whose life couldn’t possibly be less fulfilling: his ex-wife (Hope Davis) has no intention of trying to restore their union, his pre-teen… Continue reading

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Valentino: The Last Emperor

BB.5 (out of 5) Entertaining look at the last of the giant fashion names of yore, whose solitary moniker has come to represent cutting-edge, classy style after decades in the business. The film… Continue reading

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Jaws: The Revenge

B (out of 5) Or, ‘Look Ma, I’ve Got No Hands!’  Lorraine Gary pulled in a criminal salary for this laughable third sequel to the Steven Spielberg classic, one that finally put the last… Continue reading

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Austin Powers In Goldmember

BB (out of 5) In the first installment of this comedy series, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, writer/star Mike Myers surrounded a bunch of hysterical sight gags with a witty premise that… Continue reading

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Miss Congeniality

BBBB (out of 5) Sandra Bullock makes a decent comedy look like a million bucks with her exceptionally appealing personality. She plays the rough-around-the-edges FBI agent who is assigned the job of going… Continue reading

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The Quiet American

BB.5 (out of 5) Michael Caine plays a British journalist living in pre-war Vietnam as a correspondent for the Times. He has a pretty happy existence, reporting on civil strife and keeping a… Continue reading

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

BBBB (out of 5) Comedic romp through the world of con artists is the lighter sibling to The Grifters.  Michael Caine plays a world class con man who swindles royals out of their jewels… Continue reading

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Batman Begins

BBBB (out of 5) The winged rodent superhero is back, and he’s a sight for sore eyes in this dark, brooding and exciting adventure by Memento‘s Christopher Nolan. Giving us more insight into… Continue reading

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The Dark Knight Rises

BBB (out of 5) It has been eight years since the events of The Dark Knight and we find Bruce Wayne a broken, downtrodden man; physically he is destroyed, financially he is spiraling… Continue reading

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The Prestige

BBB.5 (out of 5) The filmmakers have just as much fun pulling sleight-of-hand tricks on the audience as their characters do on stage in this vibrant Victorian drama that encompasses mystery and romance… Continue reading

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The Dark Knight

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Darker days ahead for a Gotham City that is so over with crime that cops are dressing up like the Caped Crusader in an effort to step up his… Continue reading

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Inception

BB.5 (out of 5) Leonardo DiCaprio works in the highly odd business of invading people’s dreams in order to extract sensitive information which is valuable to people who pay him big bucks. The process… Continue reading

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Secondhand Lions

BBB (out of 5) This pleasant family film works its way into a warm pocket of your heart and then ruins it by tacking on a hokey ending. Young kids should definitely see… Continue reading

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Get Carter

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sylvester Stallone‘s near-comeback was thwarted by the poor box office reception of this interesting little drama. It’s a shame, because while it offers no imaginative visual effects or high-octane… Continue reading

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Mona Lisa

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Bob Hoskins is released from prison and goes back to work for his gangster boss (Michael Caine). Immediately assigned as a driver to a high-class call girl (Cathy Tyson), this… Continue reading

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Little Voice

BBB (out of 5) Cute musical film about a super-talented mimic (Jane Horrocks, in a role that was written for her) living in a dull northern England town who is discovered by a… Continue reading

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

BBB.5 (out of 5) The great stars of big and small screens reimagine the classic tale through their own brand of humour and sweetness in this delightful children’s film. Charles Dickens’ most popular… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Funeral In Berlin

BBB.5 (out of 5) The second in the Harry Palmer film series, following The Ipcress File and preceding The Billion Dollar Brain (which is almost impossible to find). In this installment, Palmer (the… Continue reading

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The Cider House Rules

BBBB (out of 5) Overrated but touching drama based on the best-selling novel by John Irving (who adapted the screenplay himself). Where other Irving novels have failed miserably on the big screen (The… Continue reading

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California Suite

BBB (out of 5) A collection of Neil Simon characters are gathered into one hotel for a multihued look at life in the world of Beverly Hills wealth. Jane Fonda has come from… Continue reading

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Quills

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent drama about the Marquis de Sade’s influence on the keepers and inmates of the madhouse Charenton, where he spent his last days after being declared criminally insane by… Continue reading

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Educating Rita

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Delightful modern update of Pygmalion, with Michael Caine as a befuddled alcoholic professor and Julie Walters as a working-class hairdresser who longs for a better life and a better… Continue reading

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Alfie (1966)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Michael Caine’s first signature role was in this story about a callous, self-centered young man who leaves broken hearts in his wake. Alfie thinks he is hip, smart and… Continue reading

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The Ipcress File

BBBB (out of 5) The opposite of James Bond is Michael Caine’s superspy Harry Palmer: he wears glasses, is a bit lanky, never cracks a smile and is hard to get to know.… Continue reading

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Zulu (1964)

BBBB (out of 5) Michael Caine’s major film debut came about in this sober but exciting war drama. Following the defeat of British forces at the battle of Isandlhwana in January 1879 by… Continue reading

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Bewitched

BBB (out of 5) Surprisingly charming comedy inspired by the original television series. Will Ferrell plays an obnoxiously self-centred movie star whose latest bomb has forced him to take the lead role in a… Continue reading

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Deathtrap

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stagebound adaptation of Ira Levin’s play fails to open the plot up for film but is still an enjoyably claustrophobic experience. Christopher Reeve plays a young playwright whose latest opus… Continue reading

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Without A Clue

BBBB (out of 5) A comedic gem, the oft-told tale of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson is reinvented as a hilarious adventure. A goofy Michael Caine plays Holmes, the drunken actor… Continue reading

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The Man Who Would Be King

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting adventure film based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling. Sean Connery and Michael Caine are terrific as two English soldiers in India who go to the far reaches of… Continue reading

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The Statement

BBB (out of 5) Decades after having aided Nazi soldiers in murdering seven Jewish men during the Second World War, Michael Caine is on the run when a new Crimes Against Humanity law is… Continue reading

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Woman Times Seven

BB (out of 5) Director Vittorio de Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini attempt to recreate the success of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow but fail miserably to hit the same mark. Now, instead of… Continue reading

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Dressed To Kill

BBB.5 (out of 5) Of all the films that Brian DeHitchcock has made as tribute to the master of suspense, this one is the most enjoyable and also probably the scariest as well.… Continue reading

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Children Of Men

BBB (out of 5) It’s 2027 and for eighteen years women have been unable to conceive children, submerging the entire world into a hopeless mess of crime and chaos. Britain is the one… Continue reading

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The Italian Job (1969)

BBB (out of 5) Michael Caine stars as a thief who is let out of prison and immediately gets himself involved in another heist. He assembles a collection of crooks and they combine resources… Continue reading

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The Romantic Englishwoman

BBBB (out of 5) Splendid adaptation of the novel by Thomas Wiseman, with a polished script co-written by Wiseman and Tom Stoppard. Glenda Jackson is a marvel as a married woman who takes a… Continue reading

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Noises Off…

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hilarious adaptation of the hit play features terrific comic actors at their best. The film shows two dress rehearsals and one performance of a silly bedroom farce, slamming doors… Continue reading

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A Bridge Too Far

BB.5 (out of 5) For a three-hour war film, it has to be pointed out that this film is surprisingly zippy and has very few points where it sags. It details the disastrous… Continue reading

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Gnomeo & Juliet

BB.5 (out of 5) The Bard’s eternal romance is retold in a most unusual setting: the rival neighbouring homes of Montague and Capulet are both populated by garden gnomes who, when the lights… Continue reading

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Hannah And Her Sisters

BBBBB (out of 5) The masterpiece in the Woody Allen oeuvre is this fascinating examination of sibling relationships. Hannah (Mia Farrow in a standout performance) is a generous and caring wife (to Michael Caine)… Continue reading

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Sweet Liberty

BB.5 (out of 5) Another intelligent romantic comedy by Alan Alda, which like most of his films is neither bitter nor sweet enough to be ranked up there with the likes of Albert… Continue reading

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