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Set in 1934 on a remote island this English exclusive girl’s boarding school rears these bright but obnoxious girls to deal with the class-conscious society of the era.  The focus of the story is on the diving team that has a hierarchy based on the girls ages and is led by the domineering Radfield who … Continue reading

Crooked House

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Gilles Paquet-Brenner‘s take on Agatha Christie’s novel Crooked House with a script by Julian Fellows (Downton Abbey) and a rather wonderfully starry cast with some campy performances, and filmed on location in the stately Hughenden Manor, had all the ingredients for being a far better movie than it was.  Despite all these elements it had … Continue reading

Darkest Hour

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  The American Academy of Motion Pictures may want to think about adding another category for the Oscars this year for best prosthetics.  Following hot on the heels of Woody Harrelson’s latex face as LBJ, we now have Gary Oldman’s face totally submerged under Kazuhiro Tsuji’s masterful make up as Winston Churchill.  Whatever happened to the … Continue reading

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