Red Joan (2018)

TREVOR NUNN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 2018.  Trademark Films.  Screenplay by Lindsay Shapero.  Cinematography by Zac Nicholson.  Produced by David Parfitt.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Cristina Casali.  Costume Design by Charlotte Walter.  Film Editing by Kristina Hetherington.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018.  Aging widow Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) … More Red Joan (2018)

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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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Inkheart

BB.5 (out of 5) It seems that there are people among us who possess a special power we don’t know about: their reading books out loud makes the characters on the pages come to life. Years after Brendan Fraser paid the price for this power without realizing he had it, his daughter is growing into … More Inkheart

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Eastern Promises

BB (out of 5) An intriguing title and the reunion of the key figures of A History Of Violence bode well for this thriller-drama that eventually fails on promises in any direction, despite excellent performances and beautiful cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Naomi Watts plays a London doctor who delivers the baby of an unidentified teenager who … More Eastern Promises

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