A Walk Among The Tombstones

BBB.5 (out of 5) Years after a bad experience made him turn his back on the police force, Liam Neeson has become an unlicensed private detective (which means he only does the odd favour for a friend but can forever afford New York rent).  Now in recovery from alcoholism (and, most of the time, sunlight), he…

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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son,…

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The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)

BBBBB (out of 5) Bold, thrilling adventure adapted from the novel by James Fenimore Cooper. Michael Mann’s perfectionism once again yields a cinematic gem, an impeccably photographed tale of strife between warring countries and their lust for domination over North America. As the British and French battle it out for power, a white man adopted…

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The Adventures Of Tintin (2011)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/New Zealand, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, WingNut Films, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Hemisphere Media Capital, Nickelodeon Movies.  Screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, based on the comic book series The Adventures of Tintin by Herge.  Produced by Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design…

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Beowulf

BB.5 (out of 5) It’s no easy task making something entertaining out of the English language’s earliest known narrative work, so don’t be too harsh on Robert Zemeckis if he didn’t make a complete winner out of it. In this adaptation of the Scandinavian myth that predates all known literature, a village is besieged by…

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The Peacemaker

BBB (out of 5) Don’t listen to the mean old critics who tore Dreamworks Studios’ first production to pieces (or the box office results which didn’t exactly break the bank).  While Mimi Leder’s first feature is far from the best action film you’ll ever see, you could do far worse. The surprise lies mostly in…

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