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Sandy’s Film Reviews

529 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

Ismael's GhostsIsmael's Ghosts (2017)
1 star (Turkey) Indulgent & incomprehensible romance spread out over 2 hours. No intrinsic value.
DVD $24.95
Whitney: Can I Be MeWhitney: Can I Be Me (2017)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Thoughtful, intelligent & balanced. Intimate portrait of a meteoric rise from poverty in NJ, driven by an ambitious mum. She used drugs from age 10. Her humility & frustations are clear. The real bodyguard explains how few black stars have happy lives.
DVD $24.95 | Blu-Ray $24.95
Light Between Oceans, TheLight Between Oceans, The (2016)
4 stars (Very Good) Beautifully filmed – captures the feeling of the area. intercut shots of Australia & Otago divert; the light is very different there. Alicia Vikander is wonderful but the movie is let down by a creaky script.Interesting extras. Recomended overall.
DVD $20 $15, $34.95 | Blu-Ray $39.95
In the Shadow of WomenIn the Shadow of Women (L'ombre des femmes) (2015)
1 star (Turkey) Rather disjointed & amateurish. Motives of the guy remain opaque. Nice in b&w.
DVD $34.95
Angel HeartAngel Heart (1987)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Set in Harlem & Louisiana 1955 this top thriller is well–acted, witty & violent. About as good as Hollywood gets. Based on US novel "Fallen Angel". Rourke and Lisa Bonet are terrific but unfortunately their key scene was cut in this DvD. Cult movie.
DVD $20 $10
Labyrinth of LiesLabyrinth of Lies (2014)Recommended
2 stars (Good Try) Long & complex. First German trial of its war criminals in 1958; courage of prosecuters & media well shown. Such people created a new state.But tension is not maintained. Ophul's The Memory of Justice (1976) is far greater; but at 4.6 hours, gruelling.
DVD $29.95
Film Stars Don't Die in LiverpoolFilm Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)
2 stars (Good Try) Well enough done, but weaker than I'd hoped; structural weaknesses.
DVD $39.95
Bookshop, TheBookshop, The (2017)
5 stars (Exceptional) Lovely story; very witty script. Miraculous acting & great cinematography. Directed by Spanish isabel Coixet, one of the world's greatest directors today. Watch her other movies too; but you will love this, its really perfect!
DVD $39.95 | Blu-Ray $44.95
Letters From BaghdadLetters From Baghdad (2016)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) Unique portrait of Bell in the Middle East 1913–26 through letters and photos. Memorable footage of Baghdad. Activities of UK & USA are marred by broken promises. Gertrude‚Äôs spirit, political skills, loves and formation of the Baghdad Museum shown. Super!
Red SparrowRed Sparrow (2018)
2 stars (Good Try) Not an enjoyable or interesting film. Choppy, no connection with the cold characters. Shows the naked power of the Russian State. Long, complex but weakly plotted. Ludicrously filmed in London where the cityscape is vastly different from Moskva.
DVD $39.95 | Blu-Ray $44.95, $49.95

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