Inkheart

BB.5 (out of 5) It seems that there are people among us who possess a special power we don’t know about: their reading books out loud makes the characters on the pages come to life. Years after Brendan Fraser paid the price for this power without realizing he had it, his daughter is growing into…

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Dorian Gray (2009)

B (out of 5) Having already ruined Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare, it is incredible to think that Oliver Parker would be permitted to get his hands on the great author’s material only to make mincemeat of its contents yet again. This terrible adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, whose contents were incendiary enough to…

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102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful to the original animated version of the 60s than its predecessor, Lima keeps the pace going and keeps the action lively. This…

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The End Of The Affair (1999)

BB.5 (out of 5) Ralph Fiennes has a devastating hatred for a married woman (Julianne Moore) with whom he was once in love. Flashing back we find out that they once had a passionate affair that ended abruptly without the slightest explanation from her. The reasons behind her sudden change of feeling, and the intricacies of…

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Mona Lisa

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Bob Hoskins is released from prison and goes back to work for his gangster boss (Michael Caine). Immediately assigned as a driver to a high-class call girl (Cathy Tyson), this meathead thug finds himself falling for his beautiful charge and willing to do whatever she needs. His survival skills are put to…

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The Meaning Of Life

BBB.5 (out of 5) A collection of skits that further show how Monty Python’s flair for hilarity have made British comedy popular the world over. The various skits all deal with popular and controversial viewpoints on the matter of reproduction and the stages of life that follow, with musical numbers being thrown in for good…

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Troy

BB (out of 5) How to stretch a segment of a Greek epic to three hours of cinematic junk: avoid the dramatic character development that, say, Euripides brought to ancient legends and instead just fill your movie with countless scenes of computer-generated extras flying at each other in battle. In fact, every time you run…

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Chocolat (2000)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) What threatens to be a predictable, half-baked Miramax experience turns out to be a delightful surprise as enjoyable as its titular treat. Juliette Binoche is so beautiful it’s a crime as the mysterious woman who moves to a tiny conservative town in France with her daughter (Victoire Thivisol of Ponette) to…

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Twelve Monkeys

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Based on Chris Marker’s terrifying experimental short film La Jetee, the deliciously weird narrative of this film follows Bruce Willis as he travels back in time from the future to prevent the end of the world from happening. Madeleine Stowe plays a psychiatrist from the past who slowly begins to understand that Willis is…

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The Fisher King

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jeff Bridges plays a talk radio host who is devastated when a listener misinterprets his advice and commits a heinous crime in a New York City restaurant. Quitting his job and in the midst of trying to quit his life, Bridges takes to the streets and meets a free spirited homeless man…

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Brazil

BBBB (out of 5) Terry Gilliam’s impressive vision of a ‘retro-future’ has lost a little of its original bloom but is still a very impressive work of art. Jonathan Pryce plays a bureaucrat in an Orwellian society who one day notices an error in paperwork that leads to the arrest of an innocent man.  Pryce attempts…

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Iris (2001)

RICHARD EYRE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2001.  British Broadcasting Corporation, Fox Iris Productions, Intermedia Films, Mirage Enterprises, Miramax.  Screenplay by Richard Eyre, Charles Wood, based on the books Iris: A Memoir and Elegy For Iris by John Bayley.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Robert Fox, Scott Rudin.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Gemma Jackson.  Costume Design by Ruth…

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