Sappho

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Directed by: Robert Crombie.Written by: Robert Crombie.Starring: Avalon Barrie, Todd Soley and Lyudmila Shiryaeva. 92 min.Review top sheet: Sappho is a semi-sexy, semi-historical, semi-good film in semi-English.Will you like this film?Yes, if you’re thinking of spending your holidays in Lesbos.No, if you’re in the process of entering a puritanical religious community.Maybe, if you want to see […]

Wall-e

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Directed by: Andrew Stanton.Written by: Andrew Stanton.Starring: Ben Burtt (voice), Elissa Knight (voice), Jeff Garlin (voice). 98 min.Review top sheet: a computer-generated film for “kidz” about computer-driven automata operating in a post-industrial wasteland where emotion is measured in bleeps and megabytes.Somehow I don’t think I’ll be letting my children see this one.Will you like this […]

My Sassy Girl

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Directed by: Yann Samuell.Written by: Victor Levin and Jae-young Kwak.Starring: Jesse Bradford and Elisha Cuthbert. 92 min. PG-13.Review top sheet: a soppy chick flick about a really nice guy who starts off being nice, is nice right throughout the film and gets to the end with niceness intact.Will you like this film?Yes, if you are […]

My Mom’s New Boyfriend

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Directed by: George Gallo. Written by: George Gallo. Starring: Antonio Banderas, Meg Ryan, Colin Hanks and Selma Blair. 97 min. Review top sheet: My Mom’s New Boyfriend is a light-hearted, silly film with a few genuinely funny moments. It’s not going to win Oscars or have any significant effect on your life, but as frothy […]

Sleuth

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Directed by: Kenneth Branagh.Written by: Harold Pinter (screenplay) and Anthony Shaffer (play).Starring: Michael Caine and Jude Law. 86 min. R.Review top sheet: a remake of the 1972 classic of the same name (in Russian: Сыщик). Like most remakes in cinema (and cover versions in music), the tribute is less impressive than the original.Will you like […]

Wanted

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Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov.Written by: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas.Starring: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie. 110 min. R.Review top sheet: Wanted is a fusion of the least interesting aspects of The Matrix and Fight Club with a smattering of Spiderman.Will you like this film?Yes, if you think Angelina Jolie is irresistible.No, if you would […]

In Bruges

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Directed by: Martin McDonagh.Written by: Martin McDonagh.Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrel and Ralph Fiennes. 107 min. R.Review top sheet: In Bruges is an extremely strong film with a great plot and top character development. The first half is truly great while the second half is merely very good.Will you like this film?Yes, if you enjoy dialogue and […]

Mister Lonely

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Directed by: Harmony Korine.Written by: Avi Korine and Harmony Korine.Starring: Diego Luna, Samantha Morton and Denis Lavant. 112 min. PG.Review top sheet: Mister Lonely is a whimsical, eccentric, meandering story with no real point but a few top moments. It’s a bit like chewing your way through a bowl of healthfood-shop muesli: while most of it […]

Funny Games

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Directed by: Michael Haneke.Written by: Michael Haneke.Starring: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Bradey Corbet, Deven Gearhart. 111 min. R.Review top sheet: this film is called Funny Games but there is nothing funny about it at all – be warned. This is definitely not a first-date film, nor perhaps a date-film of any sort.And another […]