102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful to the original animated version of the 60s than its predecessor, Lima keeps the pace going and keeps the action lively. This…

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About A Boy

BBBB (out of 5) Just call it Barry Jones’s Diary. This perfect companion piece to Helen Fielding’s comedy classic is about a Peter Pan-complexed near-forty year-old git (Hugh Grant) who is of no profession and lives off the bountiful royalties from a song his father wrote decades earlier. His undisturbed, solitary life that includes womanizing…

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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….

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