Tag Archives: Cate Blanchett

An Ideal Husband - * * * 1/2*

A delightful adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play, An Ideal Husband can describe both a potential and a myth. With wonderful use of wordplay, thoroughly enjoyable characters, and one singularly outstanding performance, this period comedy ranks as one of the best … Continue reading

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Elizabeth - * * * 1/2*

Elizabeth is a loose biopic of the early years of Queen Elizabeth I. It may be a period piece, but it sure doesn’t feel like one. Thick with intrigue, and even thicker with strong performances, Elizabeth is actually more thrilling … Continue reading

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Oscar and Lucinda - * * 1/2*

Gillian Armstrong directs this quirky period romance that shines with good performances, but could have been tightened up to be a bit more effective. Oscar Hopkins (Ralph Fiennes) is the timid son of a rigid puritanical father. Oscar casts his … Continue reading

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Paradise Road - * * *

Paradise Road is a prisoner-of-war movie that is by turns moving and obvious. The film opens in Singapore in 1942, at a posh upper-class cricket club, where, naturally, the inhabitants think themselves protected from war. No sooner is that said, … Continue reading

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