Sleuth (1972)

BBB (out of 5) Michael Caine is summoned to the estate of famed detective novelist Laurence Olivier to discuss Olivier’s wife, with whom Caine is having an affair.  Happy to be rid of her, Olivier suggests that Caine steal his wife’s jewels from her room, thus providing the younger man the means with which to keep the…

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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 brittle relationship tested when Caine meets Susannah York at a party and begins an affair with her.  She’s a soft-spoken widow with whom…

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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 his latest film with his screenwriting team. Surrounding them are bodies old and young that spin them off into contemplations of their…

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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 he strikes a deal with a Yankee canning company to sell his wife’s sprawling Georgia plantation to them. The hitch is that…

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Victory (Escape To Victory) (1981)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1981.  Lorimar Film Entertainment, Victory Company, New Gold Entertainment.  Story by Yabo Yablonsky, Djordje Milicevic, Jeff Maguire, Screenplay by Evan Jones, Yabo Yablonsky.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Freddie Fields.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Tom Bronson.  Film Editing by Roberto Silvi.   A year after this film’s release,…

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2014.  Twentieth Century Fox, Marv Films, Cloudy Productions, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons.  Cinematography by George Richmond.  Produced by Adam Bohling, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Henry Jackman, Matthew Margeson.  Production Design by Paul Kirby.  Costume Design by Arianne…

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Interstellar (2014)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Lynda Obst Productions, Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund, Atvinnuvega- og nýsköpunarráðuneytið.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing…

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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 son (Nicholas Hoult) is constantly getting into trouble and his overweight daughter is in a self-destructive funk. On top of this, his…

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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 centres around the preparation of what turned out to be Valentino’s final show, a days-long celebration of the man’s career including a…

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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 nail in the series’ coffin. Even Michael Caine looks embarrassed to be in this story about how Gary, Roy Scheider’s widow of parts…

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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 aptly spoofed the many spy thrillers that have permeated pop culture for the last half-century. Two sequels removed, the gross-out humour and…

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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 undercover at a beauty pageant when the police start receiving bomb threats from an anonymous psycho. Benjamin Bratt brings his usual lack…

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