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Vincent Perez , Daniel Bruhl - Celebrities attends a photocall and press conference for "Alone in Berlin" at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin - Berlin, Germany - Monday 15th February 2016

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Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson and Vincent Perez
Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson and Vincent Perez

Daniel Bruhl, Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson , Vincent Perez - Celebrities attends a photocall and press conference for "Alone in Berlin" at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin - Berlin, Germany - Monday 15th February 2016

Daniel Bruhl, Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Vincent Perez
Daniel Bruhl, Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson
Emma Thompson and Daniel Bruhl
Emma Thompson and Daniel Bruhl
Emma Thompson and Daniel Bruhl
Emma Thompson and Daniel Bruhl

Vincent Perez - 66th annual International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) - Alone in Berlin - Photocall at Grand Hyatt Hotel - Berlin, Germany - Monday 15th February 2016

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Vincent Perez Monday 16th May 2011 2011 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 6 - The Tree of Life - Premiere Cannes, France

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Vincent Perez - Vincent Perez and Karine Silla Cannes, France - 2011 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 5 - The Artist - Premiere Sunday 15th May 2011

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The Secret Review


Terrible
The Secret's trailer surfaced on the Internet in 2002, and for years I waited and wondered why it was taking an eternity for the movie to hit theaters. Finally, in 2007, the movie came out in French theaters, and just recently it went straight to DVD in the United States. And now that I've finally watched it, it's crystal clear why The Secret was kept on the down low: Boy, is it a bad movie -- and an incredible waste of an intriguing premise.

You can't help but feel ever so curious about how the characters are going to get themselves out of this conundrum: Upon awakening after a car accident, Hannah (Lili Taylor) realizes she's in possession of her daughter Sam's body (Olivia Thirlby). Hannah's husband Benjamin (David Duchovny) is in a tough spot: He loves his wife to death (and wants to do nasty things to her) but she's trapped in their 16-year-old daughter's body. What's a guy to do?

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Beyond The Clouds Review


Good
Michelangelo Antonioni obsesses on the naked bodies of a good half-dozen Euro-stars in this wandering tour of western European sexual relations in various combinations. Based on a collection of his own short stories, Antonioni connects four such tales (infidelity, happenstance, old-fashioned horniness, etc.) with the narrative of a film director (John Malkovich) who's looking for a story to base his next movie on. We find we're lucky enough if we can just get one story out of this two-hour ordeal, which wanders aimlessly in art-house hell as often as it enchants.

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I Dreamed Of Africa Review


Weak
Kim Basinger has gone off to Africa on safari, in search of a follow-up Oscar to the one she landed for L.A. Confidential. Looks like she'll be coming home empty-handed, I'm sad to say.

Drawing comparisons to such Man vs. Nature films as Out of Africa, A Far Off Place, and The Ghost and the Darkness, I Dreamed of Africa tells the true story of Kuki Gallmann (Basinger), an Italian divorcee who upends her life to move to Kenya with her second husband Paolo (Vincent Gallo), who, ahem, dreams of buying a 100,000 acre cattle ranch in the middle of nowhere.

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Bride Of The Wind Review


OK
Sarah Wynter doesn't quite have the chops, Bruce Beresford doesn't quite have the heart, and the audience probably doesn't have anywhere near the level of interest to sustain this biopic about Alma Mahler nee Schindler, the wife of composer Gustav Mahler and the mistress of a handful of other men down the line. The thesis here is that There's Something About Alma, something that inspires greatness in artists of all forms (including painter Gustav Klimt), but Beresford never gets close to putting his finger on just what that is.

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Time Regained Review


Excellent
A literal adaptation of the final book of Marcel Proust's Remembrances of Things Past would be inconceivable and boring, since the tastes and smells which reveal layers of memory cannot be captured onscreen. Raoul Ruiz's Time Regained does the next best thing. Ruiz weaves a fragmented, experimental narrative in the form of a tapestry. There's an uncanny beauty achieved by telling his story in this manner, which reveals thoughts and inactions by using the very limitations of the film medium. He presents us with a series of photographs, or images shot into mirrors or through doorways which open up to the past and present (and cross-cut between the two with relative ease.)

Taking place within the huge estates and manor houses of the cultural elite, with string quartets playing in their studies and tiny cakes neatly arranged on trays in their kitchens, our main character, Marcel (Marcelo Mazzarello) wanders through this world drinking it in. The plot is inconsequential, it is more about observing the crowded rooms and bitten back emotions, the sips of wine and soft handshakes. Every now and then, Marcel is forced to confront his decadent relatives (sneeringly funny John Malkovich and sour Pascal Greggory.)

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Cyrano De Bergerac Review


Extraordinary
Edmond Rostand's 1898 play Cyrano de Bergerac is a definitive example of European romanticism: the truth is buried, beauty is found to be skin deep and virtue goes unrewarded.

After surviving Steve Martin's 1988 comedic translation, Roxanne, Cyrano has been resurrected for the screen again, this time in its native French. This latest version, is involving and depressing. See it alone, or go with someone you love who can cheer you up afterwards.

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The Queen Of The Damned Review


Good
Most horror movies are all flash, action, and plenty of screaming. The Queen of the Damned is no exception to the rule, despite attempts to become something more, but it still manages to deliver a fair bit of vampire fun.

The Queen of the Damned stars Stuart Townsend as the vampire Lestat, a character first made popular in film by Tom Cruise in the engaging Interview With the Vampire. This time around, Lestat has risen from his slumber again, intent on making his mark. Tired of hiding in shadows, he starts a career as a rock star, much to the ire of his maker Marius (Vincent Perez). But the anger of the world's vampire covens is the least of his problems when his music awakens the mother of all Vampires, the all-powerful Queen Akasha (Aaliyah).

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Time Regained Review


Bad

For the sake of perspective, this review should begin with a confession: Your critic knows little of Proust. I haven't read any Proust. Most quotes I've heard from the deeply philosophical writer have come from the mouths of people so full of themselves that the words went in one ear and out the other out of disdain for the speaker. I admit it, I'm an ignoramus on this front.

So as you come to realize that I didn't much care for "Time Regained," the French film adaptation of Marcel Proust's last novel, feel free to draw the conclusion that I haven't the slightest idea what I'm talking about.

What little I do know of Proust, however, leads me to believe if the man were alive today he would scoff at the idea that the deliberate formlessness of "Time" could successfully be adapted to film.

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I Dreamed Of Africa Review


Bad

Almost entirely scenery and labored melodrama, "I Dreamed of Africa" is a terribly earnest effort at making a weepy women's Event Picture from the memoirs of a American socialite roughing it on a ranch in Kenya.

Kim Basinger, in her first screen effort since winning the Oscar for "L.A. Confidential," take the lead as Kuki Gallmann, a real-life divorcee who moved to a derelict 100,000-acre ranch on the East African plains with her young son and her intrepid new husband in the early 1980s.

Tinged with tragedy and adventure, but very little depth, the film plays like entries being read at random from Gallmann's diary. It has a decade's worth of incidents it wants to touch on, but doesn't have a clue how to segue between them. The script has no organic flow whatsoever, racing roughshod over years at once (her son goes from 7 to 14 to 17 in two scenes) and leaving little time for character development.

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Bride Of The Wind Review


OK

The supernaturally beautiful and intelligently pensive-looking Sarah Wynter makes quite an entrance as Alma Mahler at the beginning of "Bride of the Wind."

Arriving at a cocktail party in turn-of-the-Century Vienna, she sheds her wrap to reveal a corseted red dress that would be a knockout even if the scene wasn't shot in black-and-white with the dress the only splash of color. Director Bruce Beresford is just illustrating the point that when Alma entered a room, people noticed.

As she passes through the party, the color follows her, bringing the screen to life, but even without the aid of symbolic contrast, Wynter ("American Psycho," "The 6th Day") would still dominate the frame. This is as it should be since her character is a woman who captured the hearts and inspired the works of several great artists of her time.

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The Secret Movie Review

The Secret Movie Review

The Secret's trailer surfaced on the Internet in 2002, and for years I waited and...

I Dreamed of Africa Movie Review

I Dreamed of Africa Movie Review

Kim Basinger has gone off to Africa on safari, in search of a follow-up Oscar...

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The Queen of the Damned Movie Review

The Queen of the Damned Movie Review

Most horror movies are all flash, action, and plenty of screaming. The Queen of...

I Dreamed Of Africa Movie Review

I Dreamed Of Africa Movie Review

Almost entirely scenery and labored melodrama, "I Dreamed of Africa" is a terribly earnest effort...

Time Regained Movie Review

Time Regained Movie Review

For the sake of perspective, this review should begin with a confession: Your critic knows...

Bride Of The Wind Movie Review

Bride Of The Wind Movie Review

The supernaturally beautiful and intelligently pensive-looking Sarah Wynter makes quite an entrance as Alma Mahler...

Queen Of The Damned Movie Review

Queen Of The Damned Movie Review

When the promising, recently deceased young R&B singer and actress Aaliyah is on screen in...

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