Black Death

BB.5 (out of 5) 14th century Europe is being ravaged by the Bubonic plague and inspiring all manner of religious fervor as a result. A group of hard bitten knights are sent to a remote village to find out why its residents have not succumbed to disease, believing that one of their members is a necromancer…

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102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful to the original animated version of the 60s than its predecessor, Lima keeps the pace going and keeps the action lively. This…

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Richard III (1995)

BB.5 (out of 5) So much effort has been put into the design of this stylish adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most violent plays that the original material is sunken into the background to very bad effect. Set in a magical fantasy version of World War II, the film stars Ian McKellen as a Naziesque Richard…

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101 Dalmatians (1996)

BB (out of 5) Boring, unnecessarily heavy adaptation of the 1961 Disney classic animated film (which in turn was adapted from the novel by Dodie Smith) now has carefree dalmatian owner Jeff Daniels as a video game designer instead of a songwriter, and wife Joely Richardson as an employee in the fashion house of Cruella De…

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Notting Hill (1999)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films, Bookshop Productions, Notting Hill Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Curtis.  Cinematography by Michael Coulter.  Produced by Duncan Kenworthy.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Shuna Harwood.  Film Editing by Nick Moore.  Golden Globe Awards 1999. Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant shine in this fantastic romantic comedy that is peppered…

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