A Winter’s Tale (Conte d’Hiver)

BBB (out of 5) Eric Rohmer’s seasonal tales go to the months of gray skies and cold winds with this tale of faith and passion.  A romance on vacation brings Charlotte Véry together with handsome Frédéric van den Driessche, but when they part she accidentally gives him the wrong address before he goes to America and beyond…

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Rock Hudson’s Home Movies

BBB.5 (out of 5) Not nearly as saucy as the title might suggest. Rock Hudson was one of America’s most famous movie stars for decades, his gorgeous face and impressive physique making him the ideal masculine hero and the number one dreamboat for his female fans. In true Hollywood style, the appearance was just a…

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Man Bites Dog (C’est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous)

BB.5 (out of 5) A documentary crew follows a serial killer on his rounds, applying the same hands-off human-interest style of soft news pieces to a man who viciously shoots people and rapes women. Shot in black and white and featuring Benoit Poelvoorde as the off-kilter and terrifying but charismatic star, the film is unflinching…

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Hard Boiled (Lat sau san taam)

BBBB (out of 5) Thrilling John Woo action flick about an individualistic cop (Yun-Fat Chow) who takes on an entire underworld gang in Hong Kong. The dialogue is great, the photography gorgeous, and the action literally never stops. Woo’s direction is fluid and beautifully skims the entire film with assuredness and class. The highlight is…

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Of Mice And Men (1992)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Faithful, literate adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel is passionately adapted to the screen by writer-director-star Gary Sinise, pre-Forrest Gump fame. He gives an excellent performance as George, a field hand who travels the country with his simple-minded, physically overbearing friend Lenny (John Malkovich) looking for work in whatever Depression-era field…

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Bob Roberts

BBB (out of 5) Tim Robbins stars and directs for the first time in this moderately enjoyable political comedy about a senator looking to make it big while playing folk music on his guitar. It’s an ample skewering of the world of politics, but nothing like the far superior Primary Colours would be a few years later….

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A River Runs Through It

BBBB (out of 5) Poetic and touching, this is a good film for those who love movies about fly fishing. All five of you. For the rest, it’s a fantastic drama about two Montana brothers in the 1920s (Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt) who experience family life and growing pains while also being taught to express…

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Crush (1992)

BBB (out of 5) Odd little tale from New Zealand. Two women get into a nasty car crash on a roadside one afternoon; one is permanently crippled, while the other (Marcia Gay Harden) escapes the scene of the accident completely intact. Harden can’t keep away, though, and things get a bit creepy when she finds…

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Swoon

BBB (out of 5) The tale of Leopold and Loeb, two Depression-era serial killers who rampaged across America for months before they were finally caught, has been told many times in the movies, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope to Compulsion starring Orson Welles. One key element of the relationship, that they were lovers as well as…

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Visions Of Light

BBBB (out of 5) Movies about movies are always entertaining, and this beautiful film about the art of cinematography is no exception. The filmmakers have interviewed a group of cinematographers from recent decades as they talk about the films that have influenced their work and the experiences that they went through on the projects they…

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The Blue Hour (Die Blaue Stunde)

BBB (out of 5) Soft, subtle drama about love in unexpected places. A male prostitute has found himself growing numb to his emotions from spending his days being used for other men’s pleasure; his next-door neighbour is a woman whose relationship with her boyfriend is anything but satisfying. Through chance encounters and day-to-day experiences, these…

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Love After Love (Apres L’Amour)

BBB (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert plays a novelist suffering from writer’s block for her latest project, and it is likely due to her personal situation: she is keeping up two full-fledged relationships with two separate men, and they in turn are maintaining their lives (and children) with other women. All the members of this…

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