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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Two Much

BB.5 (out of 5) Antonio Banderas plays an art gallery owner who needs to work up the odd scam to keep paintings moving out of his store: he attends funerals and pretends that the dearly departed recently purchased a painting before passing off, and would the survivors now like to pay for it? On one of…

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Manolete (Blood & Passion) (A Matador’s Mistress) (The Passion Within)

BB.5 (out of 5) Weak attempt at a film biopic of famous bullfighter Manuel Sanchez, starring a miscast Adrien Brody as the torero and Penelope Cruz as the woman blamed for his downfall. Nationally famous for his skills at taking out his four-legged opponents in the ring, Manolete is bewitched by Lupe (Cruz) and begins to romance…

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Pacific Rim (2013)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Double Dare You.  Story by Travis Beacham, Screenplay by Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull.  Music by Ramin Djawadi.  Production Design by Andrew Neskoromny, Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Kate Hawley.  Film Editing by Peter Amundson,…

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2008.  Universal Pictures, Dark Horse Entertainment, Internationale Filmproduktion Eagle, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Mid Atlantic Films, Relativity Media.  Story by Guillermo del Toro, Mike Mignola, Screenplay by Guillermo Del Toro, based on the comic book by Mike Mignola.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Mike Richardson.  Music by Danny…

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Hellboy (2004)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2004.  Revolution Studios, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Starlite Films, Dark Horse Entertainment.  Story by Guillermo del Toro, Peter Briggs, Screenplay by Guillermo Del Toro, based on the comic books by Mike Mignola.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.   Produced by Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Mike Richardson.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Stephen Scott.  Costume…

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Blade II (2002)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2002.  New Line Cinema, Amen Ra Films, Marvel Enterprises, Imaginary Forces, Justin Pictures, Linovo Productions GmbH & Co. KG, Milk & Honey Pictures, Pacific Title and Art Studio.  Screenplay by David S. Goyer, based on a character created by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan.  Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain.  Produced by Peter Frankfurt, Tomas…

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Tiptoes

BBB (out of 5) Matthew McConaughey and Kate Beckinsale are enjoying what seems to be a perfectly healthy relationship until they hit a big bump: she thinks she’s pregnant, and he’s not sure he’s ready for it. Figuring it’s male commitment issues, Beckinsale is willing to bide her time until a very small man (Gary Oldman,…

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Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

B (out of 5) Abysmal sequel to the enjoyable original, this one features none of the charming wit that made the first one so appealing. Back at his old routine of awkward shyness among his peers, Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) is notified by headquarters that he is to be transferred to England for an important…

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