The Happy Prince (2018)

RUPERT EVERETT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018.  Maze Pictures, Entre Chien et Loup, Palomar, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Robert Fox Limited, BBC Films, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Daryl Prince Productions, Heimatfilm, Raindog Films.  Screenplay by Rupert Everett.  Cinematography by John Conroy.  Produced by Sebastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze.  Music by Gabriel…

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Leopardi (Il Giovane Favoloso)

BB (out of 5) One of Italy’s most celebrated poets is given a bloated biopic in this dull film, describing but barely exploring the life of Giacomo Leopardi.  He was raised the eldest son of early nineteenth-century aristocrats whose overly protective father and wrought-iron mother kept him and his siblings confined to their home for…

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Mostly Martha (Bella Martha)

BBBB (out of 5) Enchanting German drama makes a perfect entry in the long line of food movies that include Babette’s Feast and Like Water For Chocolate. Stringent Martha is one of the city’s most renowned chefs, working day in and day out at her posh restaurant making literal artwork of the wonderful meals she…

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