The Happy Prince (2018)

RUPERT EVERETT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018.  Maze Pictures, Entre Chien et Loup, Palomar, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Robert Fox Limited, BBC Films, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Daryl Prince Productions, Heimatfilm, Raindog Films.  Screenplay by Rupert Everett.  Cinematography by John Conroy.  Produced by Sebastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze.  Music by Gabriel…

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St. Trinian’s

B (out of 5) Ronald Searle’s darkly funny comic panels, which inspired a slew of films in the sixties, have been resurrected in the form of this empty comedy. It is set at a girls’ boarding school beleaguered by bad management and even worse students, where young Talulah Riley is taken to live by her irresponsible…

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Hysteria

BB.5 (out of 5) Constantly frustrating his fellow medical practitioners with his radical ideas about germs and viruses, young idealistic doctor Hugh Dancy finds himself without work on a frequent basis.  His wealthy patron (Rupert Everett) can do little for him, having exhausted all his options to get the man a posting, so Dancy is thrilled…

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Stardust (2007)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Marv Films, Vaughn Productions, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Ingenious Film Partners, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Dreyer, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Ilan Eshkeri.  Production Design by Gavin Bocquet.  Costume Design by Sammy…

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The Comfort Of Strangers

BB.5 (out of 5) British travellers in Italy Natasha Richardson and Rupert Everett become the unwitting houseguests of a very strange, wealthy Venetian (Christopher Walken with very tall hair) and his affected wife (Helen Mirren). The two of them think it a nice gesture on the part of the couple until they realize that they can’t leave the…

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B. Monkey

BB.5 (out of 5) Oddball gangster flick stars an appealing cast in a story that makes far too little sense. Jared Harris (Richard’s son) plays a school teacher and hospital disc jockey (?) who has no idea that his beautiful new girlfriend (Asia Argento) was once a hired killer. Of course, he has wanted an exciting life…

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An Ideal Husband

BBB.5 (out of 5) A cast that is obviously having a great time is the real reason to watch this sumptuous adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s popular play. Oliver Smith’s screenplay, which opens up the original and tries to give it more breathing room, doesn’t always succeed, but the proceedings have so much vitality and class…

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The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002)

B (out of 5) It is quite obvious from watching this hideous adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s signature comedy play that it has been directed by someone who doesn’t in any way understand the material he’s working with. Of course, this should come as no surprise since director Oliver Parker has previously mangled Wilde (his An…

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The Wild Thornberrys Movie

BBB.5 (out of 5) Now that the Rugrats have made it big on the silver screen, it’s time for another Nickolodeon television show to get up there. Sticking to the show’s main premise, that of a family of wildlife documentarians and conservationists and their magically gifted daughter Eliza who can talk to animals, this delightful…

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Another Country

BBB.5 (out of 5) Absorbing drama that looks into a fictionalized account of the life of Guy Bennett, an upper crust Brit who became a spy for communist Russia. As he’s being interviewed by a young reporter, Bennett (played extremely well by a young Rupert Everett) reveals in flashback how his life at his posh…

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A Different Loyalty

BB.5 (out of 5) Marek Kanievska reunites with his Another Country star Rupert Everett but the results are not as potent in this lame thriller. Everett is once again an idealistic Englishman betraying his country when he disappears from his home life with wife Sharon Stone and reappears on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Stone,…

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The Madness Of King George

BBBB (out of 5) King George III (Nigel Hawthorne) is suffering from an unknown ailment that threatens to render him unfit to sit upon the throne of England. This is a huge problem considering that his ambitious son (Rupert Everett) is looking to overthrow him and may now have the perfect opportunity to do so….

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