‘Golden Youth’ (‘Une jeunesse doree’)

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  Golden Youth takes us back to the late 1970’s when Americans were desperately squeezing into Studio 54, and we Europeans were flocking to the more accessible but equally debauched Le Palace night club in Paris.  It was home to extravagant theme parties and performances, that literally threw together rich and poor, gay and straight, … Continue reading




Mary, Queen of Scots

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  The Irish/American actress Saoirse Ronan is a shoo-in for her 4th Academy Award nomination for her electrifying performance as the title character Mary, Queen of Scots.   To be fair however, Margot Robbie playing her very fierce cousin Queen Elizabeth 1 of England is also certain to get attention when it comes to acting awards too. … 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



The Man Who Invented Christmas

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  This is the fictional story of how the great British Victorian novelist Charles Dickens came to write his classic tale that many hold responsible for making Christmas one our most popular holidays.  When we first catch sight of Dickens (Dan Stevens) he is touring America at the height of his fame.  When he returns … Continue reading



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