Fire

BBB.5 (out of 5) A household is crowded with loneliness and frustration as two brothers run their businesses downstairs while, upstairs, their neglected wives take care of their aging mother-in-law and each other.  Sita has just become wife to Jatin, her head full of movie romance before her reality is destroyed by the realization that…

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Drifting Clouds (Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat)

BBBB (out of 5) Kati Outinen and Kari Väänänen play a couple whose luck never seems to be very good; at the same time that he loses his job as a tram driver, the restaurant where she is head waiter closes due to outstanding debts and puts them both out of work.  They attempt over and over…

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Beyond The Clouds (Al Di La Delle Nuvole)

BB.5 (out of 5) Michelangelo Antonioni’s first completed feature after suffering a stroke in 1985 ended up being his last, with only the short in the Eros omnibus completed after this one. It tells four stories of romance, all of them curated by John Malkovich as a filmmaker who explores the possibilities of love in cinema…

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Bound

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stylishly filmed sexpot thriller about an ex-con (Gina Gershon) who falls in love with a gangster’s moll (Jennifer Tilly) and teams up with her to take the mob for a crapload of money. Prior to their world-famous The Matrix, the (then) brothers Wachowski debuted with this delicious thriller, one full of…

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The Substance Of Fire

BBBB (out of 5) Sterling drama stars an excellent Ron Rifkin as a Holocaust survivor now entering his twilight years and enjoying the success of his profitable Manhattan publishing firm. Having hired his estranged son (Tony Goldwyn) to help him pull the business out of a temporary slump, the two butt heads when Rifkin decides he…

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Kissed

BBB (out of 5) Smarmy film by Lynne Stopkewich (her directorial debut) about a necrophiliac woman (Molly Parker) who spends her evenings making love to the various cadavers that inhabit the funeral home she works at as an apprentice embalmer. Sound like something you’d never be able to watch? Funny enough, it’s not as revolting…

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Albino Alligator

BB (out of 5) Kevin Spacey’s directorial debut is this dour film about a seedy bar in New Orleans that has the night of its life when robbers hold it hostage. Presumably, we’re led to believe that watching these characters interact under stressful circumstances is the dramatic crux; unfortunately, they’re not much more interesting than…

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Cavafy (Kavafis)

BBB (out of 5) Sumptuous cinematic examination of the poet’s muse, using Greek writer Constantine Cavafy as its central figure. Speaking not a single word through the whole film, Kavafis takes us on a tour through key moments in his life, including the uprooting of his family from Alexandria to Istanbul, the men he loved…

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Twelfth Night (Twelfth Night or What You Will)

BBBB (out of 5) Energetic and enjoyable adaptation of William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, about a shipwrecked maiden (Imogen Stubbs, director Trevor Nunn’s real-life wife) who disguises herself as a boy to better survive the new world she has found herself in. Now in the employ of a nobleman (Toby Stephens) and finding herself in love…

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The Daytrippers

BBBB (out of 5) Droll New York comedy about happy housewife Hope Davis, who sees husband Stanley Tucci off to work one morning and accidentally finds a love letter that he leaves behind, written to him by a person she does not know. Deciding to find out who it is that’s writing affectionate odes to her…

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Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love

BB.5 (out of 5) Sumptuously photographed but emotionally flat love story based in Indian folklore. A servant girl named Maya is brought up in the house of princess Tara until she is rejected by her mistress (Sarita Choudhury) when Tara’s new prince husband (Naveen Andrews) has sex with Maya on their wedding night. Having to…

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Beautiful Thing

BBBB (out of 5) Wonderful, light comedy from the UK about a teenage boy living with his single mother, coming of age and realizing that he is in love with his best friend. Upon sharing these feelings with his buddy, who is also his neighbour and a fellow soccer player, he finds his feelings reciprocated,…

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