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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave
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Friday November 8th, 2013
While American film icon Steve McQueen was known for fast cars and great escapes, a British director by the same name has become recognized for slow films and desperate circumstances. It was therefore logical to see him tackle 12 Years a Slave, based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup, a…More
Rhys Ifans in Anonymous
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Friday November 4th, 2011
What Roland Emmerich did to the White House in Independence Day and to Planet Earth in 2012 he has done to the most sacred figure in the history of the English language. It all began in 1920 when an author named J Thomas Looney proposed a theory that the Bard…More
Rutger Hauer in The Mill and the Cross
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Tuesday November 1st, 2011
Pieter Bruegel the Elder was a great Flemish 16th century painter known mostly for his beautiful landscapes depicting the harsh reality of life. In The Mill and the Cross Lech Majewski has set out to create a unique film experience and capture Bruegel in the moment of creation of one…More
Burt Lancaster in The Leopard
Wednesday August 17th, 2011
Visconti's 1963 classic The Leopard recently underwent restoration and has been playing art houses in the US. Based on a popular novel of the same name the Italian language film won the 1963 Palme d'Or at Cannes. It's one of those Gotterdammerung type films in which an established ruling class…More
The Princess of Montpensier
Thursday June 2nd, 2011
The Princess of Montpensier is a visually rich and engaging 16th century French romantic drama. The princess, Marie, as ably played by the beautiful Melanie Thierry, is the object of the affections of 3 noblemen: Henri de Guise, her longtime lover; the Prince de Montpensier, a rival of Guise whose…More
Michelle Williams in Meek's Cutoff
Wednesday May 18th, 2011
In Meek's Cutoff Director Kelly Reichardt does for America's westward migration mythology what Robert Aultman did for America's Old West celebrity mythology in Buffalo Bill and the Indians. Meek's Cutoff tells the true story of a wagon train that detours off the Oregon Trail in a futile effort to…More
Of Gods and Men
Monday March 28th, 2011
Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men is a very powerful film based on actual events that occurred at a French monastery in Algeria in the 1990s during the Algerian Civil War. The Trappist monks live a hard life of prayer and self-sacrifice. They live in peace with the…More
Colin Firth in The Kings Speech
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Monday January 3rd, 2011
"The King's Speech" is excellent historical drama. Colin Firth should get a second consecutive Oscar nomination for his work as the tongue-tied Duke of York who reluctantly seeks out the services of an Australian speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) because his love struck older brother, Edward, (Guy Pearce of LA Confidential)…More

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