Oriane (Oriana)

BBBB (out of 5) Fina Torres makes a notable debut with this deeply felt and passion-saturated film. Maria (Daniela Silverio) learns that her aunt Oriane has died and willed her the crumbling, remote hacienda that she lived in for decades. Visiting the property to prepare it for sale, Maria goes through her aunt’s books and…

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Plenty (1985)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1985.  Pressman Productions, RKO Pictures.  Screenplay by David Hare, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Joseph Papp, Edward R. Pressman.  Music by Bruce Smeaton.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.   Meryl Streep‘s riveting performance is the only thing worth taking away from this…

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Always (1985)

B (out of 5) Henry Jaglom films an autobiographically-inspired exploration of his break-up from his real-life wife Patrice Townsend. He plays a fictionalized version of himself, who narrates the tale of their happy marriage and bitter breakup in prologue before the story commences with them getting together to sign their divorce papers. The night that Judy…

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Tampopo (Dandelion)

BBBB (out of 5) A cowboy (Tsutomu Yamazaki) walks into a noodle restaurant and informs its owner (Nobuko Miyamoto) that her noodles leave a lot to be desired. He then takes weeks to teach her how to reinvent the look of her establishment, the quality of its food, and, eventually, the quality of her life….

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Dona Herlinda And Her Son (Dona Herlinda Y Su Hijo)

BBBB (out of 5) Delightful comedy of eros in which a Mexican doctor keeps his relationship with his music student boyfriend secret from his domineering mother. When mother tells her son that he needs to get married, he goes along with the idea to avoid conflict despite his loved one’s misgivings. Thankfully he has a…

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Jagged Edge

BBB.5 (out of 5) While this film doesn’t offer a murder mystery much different from any popular paperback novel, the experience of going through the colour-by-numbers plot is fun.   Glenn Close is excellent as a criminal lawyer (in criminally tight miniskirts) who hasn’t handled a murder case in years when a desperate man (Jeff Bridges)…

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My Life As A Dog (Mitt liv som hund)

BBBBB (out of 5) This excellent film is one of the best records of childhood since The 400 Blows.  Anton Glanzelius is excellent as a little boy growing up in the big city whose mother takes seriously ill and he is sent to live with relatives in the Swedish countryside. He is welcomed immediately by his…

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The Official Story (La Historia Oficial)

BBBBB (out of 5) The cream of the crop when it comes to South American cinema, this Argentinian masterpiece is probably the greatest politically motivated film of the eighties. Norma Aleandro is outstanding as a history teacher whose understanding of her country’s past is impersonal and strictly related to the events documented in her textbooks. This…

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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1985.  Working Title Films, SAF Productions, Channel Four Films.  Screenplay by Hanif Kureishi.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Sarah Radcylffe.  Music by Ludus Tonalis.  Production Design by Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.  Academy Awards 1986.   Omar (Gordon Warnecke) stays home and takes care of his alcoholic, disillusioned…

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Maxie

BB.5 (out of 5) Glenn Close has a marvelous time clowning around in this forgettable comedy. She and her husband (Mandy Patinkin) move into an apartment once owned by an aspiring silent film actress who died in a car accident the morning of her screen test. Living in this place, Close fails to realize that the…

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