Fast & Furious 6 (Furious 6) (2013)

JUSTIN LIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, One Race Productions, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network, Universal Studios, F & F VI Productions A.I.E..  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Stephen F. Windon.  Produced by Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, Clayton Townsend.  Music by Lucas Vidal.  Production Design … More Fast & Furious 6 (Furious 6) (2013)

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Speed Racer

B (out of 5) A strong contender for Most Annoying Film Of All Time, adapted from the popular Japanese television series by the Wachowskis to look like a cartoon in live-action form.  What it actually looks like is a late-night commercial that you cannot escape, with constantly overlapping imagery, intentionally false backdrops and queasily colourful interiors occasionally … More Speed Racer

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AKA

BBB.5 (out of 5) Director Duncan Roy fictionalizes his own wayward youth in this intelligent and affecting drama. Matthew Leitch is terrific as a teenager from dowdy Essex who escapes his father’s sexual abuse through fantasizing about being an aristocrat, a world he witnesses through his mother as she serves lunch daily to members of the … More AKA

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Kinky Boots

BBB.5 (out of 5) Joel Edgerton has been raised by his father to revere the family business: they are the owners of a shoe factory that produces England’s best-made men’s Oxfords. When Senior dies, Junior (Edgerton) is taken away from his life of pursuing his dreams in the world of business and placed at the helm … More Kinky Boots

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Angela’s Ashes (1999)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Ireland, 1999.  David Brown Productions, Dirty Hands Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Laura Jones, Alan Parker, based on the book by Frank McCourt.  Cinematography by Chris Connier, Michael Seresin.  Produced by David Brown, Alan Parker, Scott Rudin.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by … More Angela’s Ashes (1999)

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Quills

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent drama about the Marquis de Sade’s influence on the keepers and inmates of the madhouse Charenton, where he spent his last days after being declared criminally insane by French authorities. Geoffrey Rush lives it up as the Marquis, and Kate Winslet is letter-perfect as the charwoman he adores for her innocence. … More Quills

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