BRIEF REVIEW: JANE EYRE (2011)

Director Cary Fukunaga has given a new generation a gorgeous version of this classic tale.  Since its publishing in 1847, under the pseudonym Currer Bell, Jane Eyre has fascinated both readers and storytellers.  This adaptation is beautifully shot, very well-acted, and enhanced by a stunning score from Dario Marianelli (Atonement, I Capture the Castle).  The set…
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REVIEW: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER (2012)

So, the title tells you just about all you need to know.  Knowing the basics, I expected a silly action flick.  And it is.  The film (and presumably the book, although I haven’t read it) weaves in biographical details about Lincoln into a completely ridiculous tale about vampires. As a boy, Lincoln’s mother is killed…
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REVIEW: THE QUEEN OF SPADES (1949)

A somewhat forgotten film, The Queen of Spades seems to be making a quiet return.  Made on a small budget, the film was nominated for a BAFTA (British equivalent of the Oscars) and was screened at Cannes, before dropping off into obscurity. Based on a novella by Alexander Pushkin, the film follows one man’s obsession…
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REVIEW: SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (2012)

This is the best movie of the year (at least, so far).  It’s charming but not saccharine, sweeping but not grandiose.  As it is based upon a book, story is paramount.  It is from Lasse Halstrom, the director of Chocolat, after all. Emily Blunt plays Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, a smart, sleek and organized asset manager.  Her portfolio…
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REVIEW: THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2012)

A crumbling manor, a mysterious curse, a sea mist and creepy deaths.  How could I (of all people) resist?  I am completely unfamiliar with the book (of the same name) by Susan Hill, which is rather unlike me.  And I was unable to see the staged version while in London this summer.  So I came…
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Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)

I am not a Potter nerd.  I’ve read the books, and I saw most of the movies.  They’re fine.  Fun for the most part.  But I’d never stand in line for one, or join a uberfan club in order to get my own Quidditch stick.  So I hope fans and non-fans alike will take this…
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REVIEW: GLORIOUS 39 (2011)

Glorious indeed.  This is a wholly original, impeccable new film from writer/director Stephen Poliakoff.  A stunning cast illuminates a finite moment in English history — the summer of 1939, on the eve of the unthinkable.   The story centers on the Keyes family, and is told from the point of view of the eldest daughter,…
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MESRINE: Parts Un et Deux (2008)

Part 1 – Killer Instinct Part 2 – Public Enemy No. 1 I have rarely been so entranced by what is primarily an action movie.  So far-reaching is the protagonist’s mayhem that it took two full length films to show just pieces of his exploits.  There could easily have been a third. The saga begins…
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