Julia (2008)

BB.5 (out of 5) Julia (Tilda Swinton) is a party girl who has never quite caught on to the idea of a responsible life. Partying all night, random sex partners and too much booze may have been glamorous twenty years ago, but now that she’s pushing forty she is merely a self-destructive addict. Her AA … More Julia (2008)

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Chicken With Plums (Poulet Aux Prunes)

BB (out of 5) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s adaptation of their graphic novel Persepolis was such an important and moving human record that they are forgiven any future missteps, including this doggedly awkward follow-up also based on their book.  Transferring their talents to live-action (where their previous venture was animated) it follows an uncomfortably … More Chicken With Plums (Poulet Aux Prunes)

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The Artist (2011)

MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Belgium, 2011.  Studio 37, La Petite Reine, La Classe Américaine, JD Prod, France 3 Cinema, Jouror Productions, uFilm, Canal+, CineCinema, France Télévision, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Federal de Belgique.  Screenplay by Michel Hazanavicius.  Cinematography by Guillaume Schiffman.  Produced by Thomas Langmann.  Music by Ludovic Bource.  Production Design by Laurence Bennett.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing … More The Artist (2011)

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Blancanieves

BB.5 (out of 5) A woman dies in childbirth on the same day that her husband (Daniel Giménez Cacho) is barely rescued from death after being gored in the ring.  Now physically incapacitated by his injuries and unable to resist the machinations of an ambitious, evil nurse (Maribel Verdú), the torero is locked away in … More Blancanieves

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