Bedrooms And Hallways

BB.5 (out of 5) Often amusing examination of the nature of love and lust in modern British Singleton society. Leo (Kevin McKidd) has just turned 30 and is invited by a friend to join a straight men’s therapy group led by Simon Callow.  While there, he falls for a member of the ensemble (James Purefoy)…

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A Walk To Remember

BB.5 (out of 5) Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, this treacle centres on the inevitable love affair between a Christian girl (Mandy Moore) who suffers for her faith at a school full of disrespectful teenagers, and a popular jock (Shane West) with no religious bent who at first is disdainful of her but gradually…

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Trixie

BB (out of 5) Dull, uneventful murder mystery directed by Alan Rudolph.  Emily Watson is so cute it hurts as the titular heroine, a tongue-twisted innocent who wants to graduate from store detective (or ‘defective’ as she keeps saying) to full-fledged P.I. She sees her chance to prove herself when a mysterious murder connected with a…

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The Young Poisoner’s Handbook

BB (out of 5) True story of a young man obsessed with poisoning the innocent people who share his everyday life. The film starts off brilliant and quick-witted, detailing every moment of this wacky sociopath’s habits, which include a penchant for keeping records of all the poisons he doles out, and to whom. Unfortunately, the…

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Of Love And Shadows

B (out of 5) If you thought Bille August’s adaptation of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits was bad, wait until you see this stinker. Atrociously written and directed, this screen version of Allende’s similarily-titled novel stars a painfully miscast Jennifer Connelly as a South American journalist who investigates the sudden appearance of dead…

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Donnie Darko

BBBB (out of 5) Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a troubled teen in therapy who keeps seeing visions of a giant man with a rabbit’s head telling him to create mayhem with acts of vandalism, and then predicts the end of the world. Twenty seven year-old Richard Kelly’s feature film debut is an assured, fascinating…

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The Governess

BBBB (out of 5) Sumptuous period piece by first-time director Sandra Goldbacher, about a young Jewish girl (Minnie Driver) in 19th-century England who chooses to take on a job as a governess for a Christian family.  Her desire is to avoid an arranged marriage that is suggested to her when her father dies and leaves…

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Tango

BBB (out of 5) Beautifully photographed dance film about a director who is having difficulty keeping his troubled personal life out of his latest project, a film about the Argentinian tango. Carlos Saura continues his tradition of bringing Latin dance music to the world of cinema (Flamenco, Blood Wedding), and for enthusiasts of the very…

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Night On Earth

BB (out of 5) From Jim Jarmusch comes this comedy about cab drivers all over the world. Four stories are told: an L.A. taxi driver (Winona Ryder) who picks up a few life lessons while driving Gena Rowlands home from the airport; a driver from the Ivory Coast (Isaach De Bankolé) working in Paris endures the…

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Maybe Baby

BB (out of 5) Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson are a happily married couple who are having an extremely difficult time getting pregnant. Despite making sure to have sex at all the exact times she ovulates, plus consulting all manner of medicinal advice, from the most to the least orthodox, it just does not seem to…

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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…

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