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Simon Callow - 'Golden Years' Premiere - Arrivals at Odeon, Tottenham Court Road - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 14th April 2016

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Simon Callow - Richard Attenborough memorial service held at Westminster Abbey - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 17th March 2015

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Simon Callow - At the UKTV Live Showcase, various celebrities were photographed on the Red Carpet Philips, Howick Place, London ahead of the filming for the 2013-2014 Showcase. - Thursday 4th September 2014

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Simon Callow and Stephen Tomkinson - English National Opera's 'Benvenuto Cellini' afterparty held at the London Coliseum - Inside - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 5th June 2014

Simon Callow - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Press Night after party at The Savoy Hotel - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd April 2014

The British Guide To Showing Off Review


Excellent
This documentary about the extraordinary sculptor and performance artist Andrew Logan couldn't be more colourful if it tried. And like Logan's work, it's entertaining while also making an important point.

The film traces his life from childhood to becoming a fixture on the swinging London art scene in the late 1960s, with lively present-day interviews narrating a fabulous collection of photographs and old footage, some of which was shot by Derek Jarman, who won Logan's 1975 Alternative Miss World.

Meanwhile, Logan and his team are setting up the 2009 edition of his riotously lurid Alternative Miss World in North London.

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Love's Kitchen Review


Good
As light as a souffle, this fluffy British comedy fades from the memory even as you're watching it. But as a bit of undemanding entertainment, it hits the spot. Even if it leaves you hungry for something more substantial.

After his wife dies, rising-star chef Rob (Scott) lets his career slide. His celebrity friend Gordon Ramsay urges him to get back in the game, as does his preteen daughter (Gibbs). So he buys the country pub his wife had her eye on and sets out to turn it into a home for honest British cuisine, including his signature trifle. The disgruntled village is also home to snooty-sexy American food critic Kate (Forlani), whose wannabe suitor, swishy landowner James (Hepworth), sets out to sabotage the pub. And then drunken TV critic Guy (Callow) pays a visit.

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Maurice Review


Very Good
The second of three adaptations of E.M. Forster novels by James Ivory and Ismael Merchant, Maurice is one of Merchant-Ivory's strongest showings.

A painstakingly produced period piece, this Edwardian drama centers around the title character Maurice (pronounced "Morris") Hall (James Wilby), an Edwardian-era fancy lad who finds himself smitten with a schoolmate during his days at college in Cambridge (though this is of course notoriously against the law in England at the time). At first, he's smitten with Clive (Hugh Grant in his first major film role) but after seeing what happens to a friend of theirs (Mark Tandy) when he's busted for homosexuality and sentenced to hard labor in prison, they both attempt to mend their ways. Clive gets married, Maurice attempts hypnosis. This seems to "cure" Clive -- well enough, anyway -- but Maurice still can't shake it. Eventually he winds up shacking up with the much lower-class gamekeeper at the country estate.

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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Review


Bad
Even worse than the original. And no eye candy to make things go more smoothly.

No Man's Land Review


Very Good
Patton would have been disgusted.

Modern wars (at least, those not involving the U.S.) aren't fought man to man, or even tank to tank. They're fought in the dead of night, when everyone thinks the United Nations "peacekeepers" aren't watching. By day, the U.N. "smurfs" (so called because of their ridiculous blue helmets) try in vain to broker half-assed ceasefires between sides that have extremely complicated reasons for fighting and have little respect for the men in blue.

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Bright Young Things Review


OK
Bright Young Things arrives at an ideal time. Focusing on a group of twentysomething socialites having a frolicking good time in 1930s London, while the press hungers for every detail, it capitalizes on the current media's fascination with idiot VIPs like the Hilton sisters and Bijou Phillips. For some, Bright Young Things could also serve as a sunnier alternative to the gloomy young things in Garden State, Natalie Portman excluded.

It's OK to have fun in your twenties, and in Bright Young Things, the characters have plenty of it. They attend lavish costume parties that scream of good times and well-funded debauchery, do cocaine like Rick James in 1979 and take trips to the countryside, all the while exchanging quips. At its best, the movie resembles a far more literate, sophisticated version of an episode of the E! True Hollywood Story.

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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Review


Bad
Even worse than the original. And no eye candy to make things go more smoothly.

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Review


Weak
Merchant-Ivory, working stateside for once. Maybe not such a good idea, as this Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward vehicle is dry as dust, chronicling with detached boredom the ups and downs of the Bridge family, of which Newman is the head. Tiresome and uninspired, it ends as abruptly as it begins, with nary an audience member to care about any of it.

Four Weddings And A Funeral Review


Excellent
In the spring of 1994, Four Weddings and a Funeral was an international hit, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and turning Hugh Grant into a star. It was the My Big Fat Greek Wedding of its day. There's just one tiny difference. Four Weddings and a Funeral is a far superior movie in just about every way, a funny and stirring look at stumbling toward love and the effect of friendship.

And, there's not a bottle of Windex anywhere to be found.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera Review


Terrible

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals are garish, puerile melodramas with all the elegance and sincerity of a Super Bowl halftime show -- and his brash, brassy songs have the depth and nuance of action-movie explosions.

Director Joel Schumacher was responsible for one of the most tawdry, terribly cliché-riddled action-movie bombs in Hollywood history -- 1997's "Batman and Robin."

When this pair teamed up to bring Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" to the big screen, it was a match made in hell.

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Simon Callow Movies

The British Guide to Showing Off Movie Review

The British Guide to Showing Off Movie Review

This documentary about the extraordinary sculptor and performance artist Andrew Logan couldn't be more colourful...

Love's Kitchen Movie Review

Love's Kitchen Movie Review

As light as a souffle, this fluffy British comedy fades from the memory even as...

No Man's Land Movie Review

No Man's Land Movie Review

Patton would have been disgusted.Modern wars (at least, those not involving the U.S.) aren't fought...

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Bedrooms & Hallways Movie Review

Bedrooms & Hallways Movie Review

Gay guys whining about their complicated sex lives may be wearing a bit thin as...

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera Movie Review

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera Movie Review

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals are garish, puerile melodramas with all the elegance and sincerity of...

Bright Young Things Movie Review

Bright Young Things Movie Review

"Bright Young Things" is a terribly witty romp through 1930s pre-war London with a pack...

No Man's Land Movie Review

No Man's Land Movie Review

War movies have a tendency to be grandiose and didactic ("Saving Private Ryan"), action-packed and...

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