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) … More Bedrooms And Hallways

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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 … More A Walk To Remember

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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 … More Trixie

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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 … More Of Love And Shadows

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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 … More Donnie Darko

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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 … More The Governess

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