Quartet (2012)

BB.5 (out of 5) A retirement home for successful classical musicians is the setting for this comedy adapted from Ronald Harwood’s play, which also marks the directorial debut of actor Dustin Hoffman.  Maggie Smith plays a world-famous opera singer who has decided to enter her dotage, made worse when it turns out that her ex-husband (Tom … More Quartet (2012)

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Shirley Valentine

BBBB (out of 5) Shirley Valentine (Pauline Collins) is a bored British housewife whose husband has the excitement level of an evening breeze. Instead of waiting for him to recognize the adventurer in her, she goes ahead and plans her own trip to Greece, where she hopes to find a new lease on life. “I’m … More Shirley Valentine

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Albert Nobbs

BB.5 (out of 5) Albert Nobbs is the perfect servant: as head waiter of Morrison’s Hotel in late 19th century Dublin, he knows his duties to perfection, saves his pennies under the floorboards, and plans for the day that he can run his own business. When painter Hubert Page is hired to redo a few … More Albert Nobbs

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Paradise Road

BBB (out of 5) Cardboard characters and cliched situations are overwhelmed by the passionate performances and beautiful music of this World War II drama. It tells the story of a vocal orchestra that was formed when British women living in Singapore were taken prisoner by the Japanese. Glenn Close and Pauline Collins play the two women who … More Paradise Road

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You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Spain, 2010.  Mediapro, Versátil Cinema, Gravier Productions, Antena 3 Films, Antena 3 Televisión, Dippermouth.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Jaume Roures, Stephen Tenenbaum.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Toronto International Film Festival 2010.   Woody Allen’s heart is light in this … More You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

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