Loving Couples

BB (out of 5) Couple swapping is yet again the subject of a romantic comedy, and this one barely rises above the quality of forgettable drivel. Shirley MacLaine plays a successful doctor whose surgeon husband (James Coburn) can barely be bothered to make time for her. When a handsome, womanizing patient (Stephen Collins) starts making eyes…

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Divine Madness

BBB (out of 5) The biggest problem with this exciting concert performance caught on film by director Michael Ritchie is just how dated it is: some of star Bette Midler‘s costumes and song selections really only belong in the early eighties. On the other hand, her excellent delivery of songs like ‘The Rose’ and ‘I…

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Bad Timing

BBB (out of 5) Art Garfunkel meets Theresa Russell at a party and they begin an intense affair that spins out of control when their destructive obsession with each other, and her particularly self-destructive ways, work against them. The film begins with Russell in a coma after a drug overdose, and while doctors do their best to…

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Slow Motion (Every Man For Himself) (Sauve Qui Peut La Vie)

BBB (out of 5) Jean-Luc Godard called this his “second first film”, as it marks the latter half of his career when his style became even more introverted and incomprehensible than before (though this one is much more linear and enjoyable than later painful indulgences such as Passion and Eloge De L’Amour would be). Jacques Dutronc plays a…

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Resurrection

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Following a near-death experience in a car accident, one which claims the life of her husband, Ellen Burstyn makes a full recovery only to discover that her journey into and back from the afterlife has left her with the ability to heal illnesses. At first only the local residents of her…

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Loulou

BBBB (out of 5) Gerard Depardieu is once again the reckless wanderer who messes up people’s lives in this excellent, erotically charged drama by Maurice Pialat. Depardieu has a one-night stand with a wealthy, unhappily married woman (Isabelle Huppert), and the two of them enjoy each other’s company so much they decide to move in together….

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