The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Spain, 2016.  Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Crea SGR, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Movistar+, The Queen Picture.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Anne Deluz, Mercedes Gamero, Cristina Huete, Mikel Lejarza.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Juan Pedro de Gaspar. …

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Common Wealth (La Comunidad)

BBBB (out of 5) Deliciously droll horror comedy starring an outstanding Carmen Maura as a real estate agent who is trying to rent out a swanky furnished apartment in a grossly run-down building. Without any prospective renters biting, she takes up temporary residence in the place herself, giving her and her economically humbled husband somewhere nice…

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The Other Side Of The Bed (El Otro Lado De La Cama)

BBB (out of 5) Cute romantic comedy from Spain about two apparently happy couples that switch partners without knowing it. Sonia (Sex and Lucia‘s Paz Vega) and Javier are about to buy a home, but he’s having an affair with Paula, who breaks up with boyfriend Pedro and expects Javier to do the same. Meanwhile,…

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Blancanieves

BB.5 (out of 5) A woman dies in childbirth on the same day that her husband (Daniel Giménez Cacho) is barely rescued from death after being gored in the ring.  Now physically incapacitated by his injuries and unable to resist the machinations of an ambitious, evil nurse (Maribel Verdú), the torero is locked away in…

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