The Merchant Of Venice

BBBB (out of 5) In sixteenth century Venice, the city’s rampant anti-Semitism has its own racism bite back when a Jewish moneylender (Al Pacino) looks to be repaid for the bond he has signed with a merchant (Jeremy Irons). Joseph Fiennes plays the lovestruck Bassanio, a young man in difficult financial circumstances who longs to woo…

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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son,…

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Hidalgo

BB.5 (out of 5) Inspired by the supposedly true story of Frank Hopkins (most historians can’t agree on just how much of it is fiction), the famous cowboy who witnessed the massacre at Wounded Knee and later rode with Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley in their Wild West show. When Hopkins’ mustang horse Hidalgo is…

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Timecode

BB.5 (out of 5) Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) sends out four video cameras on a Los Angeles afternoon to film various actors improvising to a pre-arranged story, interacting at various times and switching over story lines at some points. Great idea, but why is it so boring? The characters mostly mumble and shuffle…

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