The Man Who Laughs (L’homme qui rit) (2012)

JEAN-PIERRE AMERIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  France/Czech Republic, 2012.  Incognita Films, EuropaCorp, France 3 Cinema, France 2 Cinema, Okko Productions, DD Productions, Hérodiade, France Télévision, Canal+, Cine@, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Procirep.  Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Améris, Guillaume Laurant, based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  Cinematography by Gerard Simon.  Produced by Thomas Anargyros, Edouard de Vésinne.  Music … More The Man Who Laughs (L’homme qui rit) (2012)

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The Brothers Grimm

BB.5 (out of 5) After numerous post-production delays, Terry Gilliam’s muddled fantasy film was finally released and revealed to be just as heavy-handed and unfocused as his last attempt in the genre, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Heath Ledger and Matt Damon play the titular heroes, two swindlers who travel from village to village in early … More The Brothers Grimm

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Kolya (Kolja)

BBBB (out of 5) Touching drama from the Czech republic about a gruff cellist (Zdenek Sverak, director Jan Sverak’s father and the film’s writer) who willingly marries a Russian bride to help her out legally, and ends up getting stuck with her little boy after she runs away. Now this hard-bitten old man, who can … More Kolya (Kolja)

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