Oliver Twist (2005)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Roman Polanski follows his Oscar winning The Pianist with the fulfillment of a longtime dream of his, to adapt Dickens’ oft-filmed novel, reuniting with screenwriter Ronald Harwood and cinematographer Pawel Edelman.  Barney Clark is terrific in the titular lead as a woefully treated boy who is raised in an orphanage and workhouse before taking to the streets of London … More Oliver Twist (2005)

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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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Being Julia

BBB.5 (out of 5) Not since Cousin Bette has a woman’s revenge been this much fun. Annette Bening tears into the role of a famous London stage actress who is starting to lose the thrill of performing before a live audience night after night. Her vigor is restored when she meets a young American financier … More Being Julia

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Australia

BBB (out of 5) Stuck-up British aristocrat Nicole Kidman arrives in Australia to inquire after the husband she amicably separated from years earlier to decide what is to be done with their costly outback ranch. Arriving safely thanks to the assistance of a terribly disrespectful and suspiciously sexy cattle drover (Hugh Jackman), Kidman is devastated to learn … More Australia

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The Dresser

BBBBB (out of 5) Ronald Harwood adapts his hit Broadway play with mesmerizing results, despite making very few adjustments to the original stage setting. A heartily devoted dresser (Tom Courtenay) pushes, prods, cajoles, worships, degrades and inspires an aging, overworked actor (Albert Finney) to get on stage and get through a performance in the title … More The Dresser

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The Statement (2003)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Canada/France/USA, 2003.  Serendipity Point Films, Odessa Films, Company Pictures, Astral Media, Telefilm Canada, Corus Entertainment, Movision, Sony Pictures Classics, BBC Films.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the novel by Brian Moore.  Cinematography by Kevin Jewison.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Robert Lantos.  Music by Normand Corbeil.  Production Design by Jean Rabasse.  Costume Design by Carine Sarfati.  Film Editing by … More The Statement (2003)

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The Pianist

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Wladislaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew living with his family in 1940s Warsaw, has his life as a famous pianist turned completely around when Nazis invade and the city is turned into a war zone. This excellent film by Roman Polanski, which features more depth and skill than the director has shown … More The Pianist

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