Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown (****) and Victoria & Abdul (***): Two pieces of a life continued

These films are not to be missed, if you want to see a master at her best. If forced to choose, I will take Connolly, Sher and Dench over Dench by ostensibly by herself.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (***1/2) – So it ends…

The Hobbit - The Battle of Five Armies Director Peter Jackson Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Aidan Turner, Billy Connolly, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Phillippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro based on the … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (***1/2) – So it ends…

Quartet is a beautiful study of music becoming sweeter

  Quartet - 2012 Director Dustin Hoffman Starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon Screenplay Ronald Harwood There is a moment early on in Quartet when Wilf, who is played with a casual brilliance by Billy Connolly, comes upon a fellow boarder at Beecham house while on his morning walk.  The man … Continue reading Quartet is a beautiful study of music becoming sweeter

CPE and Em (and El): You don’t have to save the world to be Brave

Brave - 2012 Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman Starring (voices) Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane, John Ratzenberger Screenplay by Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Irene Mecchi Expectations for Pixar lowered significantly over the last year.  Cars 2 was the kind of film released when a company is out … Continue reading CPE and Em (and El): You don’t have to save the world to be Brave