Love & Friendship

BBB.5 (out of 5) Scandalous Kate Beckinsale, an impoverished widow who steals hearts easily with her still youthful beauty, departs from an estate she has been visiting after possibly turning a handsome married man away from his wife.  She goes to the home of her late husband’s brother, from which she intends to orchestrate the marriage between … More Love & Friendship

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies (2014)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  New Zealand/USA, 2014.  New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, WingNut Films, 3Foot7.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, based on the novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Zane Weiner.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Dan Hennah.  Costume Design by … More The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies (2014)

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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 … More St. Trinian’s

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The Look Of Love (2013)

MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2013.  Revolution Films, Baby Cow Films, Film Four, Lipsync Productions.  Screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh, based on the book Members Only: The Life And Times Of Paul Raymond by Paul Willetts.  Cinematography by Hubert Taczanowski.  Produced by Melissa Parmenter, Peter Raven.  Music by Antony Genn, Martin Slattery.  Production Design by Jacqueline Abrahams.  Costume Design by … More The Look Of Love (2013)

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A Civil Action

BBB (out of 5) True story of a small law firm that takes on a giant corporation when it is suspected that a tannery has been allowing contaminants into the drinking water of a small town. John Travolta and an excellent William H. Macy are among the good guys who are constantly forced to come up with … More A Civil Action

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Spice World

BB (out of 5) Fans of the Spice Girls will enjoy this tribute to their momentary superfame as they go from one silly adventure to another in a musical directed by Bob Spiers (Absolutely Fabulous). Scary, Sporty, Posh, Ginger and Baby Spice are working hard towards a big concert, but before they can get around … More Spice World

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House Of Boys

BBB (out of 5) The early days of the AIDS crisis are combined with a gay remake of Burlesque in this heartfelt, enjoyable but strangely fluffy British melodrama. Young teenager Frank (Layke Anderson) gets tired of feeling like a stranger in his home and at school, so he high-tails it to the big city where … More House Of Boys

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