Time After Time

BBBB (out of 5) H.G. Wells announces at his dinner party that he has invented a time machine, which his Victorian gentlemen guests find difficult to believe. Even more preposterous is the discovery that the mysterious Jack The Ripper, who has captured London’s attention with his string of brutally murdered prostitutes, is among Wells’ guests…

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The Marriage Of Maria Braun (Die Ehe Der Maria Braun)

BB.5 (out of 5) Maria Braun (Hanna Schygulla) awaits her husband’s return from World War II, doing her best to survive with the few food rations she has to share with her mother, until she finds out that her husband has died in battle. She has a love affair with an American soldier that ends…

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The Tempest (1979)

BB.5 (out of 5) Confusing and unenjoyable adaptation of Shakespeare’s play by experimental filmmaker Derek Jarman. The plot virtually stays the same, that of an exiled King and his enemy let loose on a deserted island by a terrible storm, with the one’s son falling in love with the other’s daughter. Jarman’s overindulgence in his…

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…And Justice For All

BBB.5 (out of 5) Explosive law film that mixes a healthy blend of comedy in with the serious subject of criminal justice. Al Pacino brilliantly underplays the part of a young, idealistic lawyer who can’t stand the corruption going on around him: two of his innocent clients have been jailed, while the despicable big-shot judge…

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