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  • Cannes Film Review: 'Queen and Country'

    John Boorman has gone back to the wellspring of personal experience that so richly informed his 1987 "Hope and Glory" for "Queen and Country," and the result is a modest but pleasing return to form for 81-year-old British director, here making his first feature since the little seen "The Tiger's Tale" in 2006. Set a decade on from "Hope," during the Boorman surrogate's compulsory military service, "Queen" never reaches the lyrical heights of its predecessor -- arguably one of the greatest of all films about childhood and war -- but benefits from a vividly realized sense of time and place and a gallery of colorful supporting characters burnished with the warm glow of memory. The modestly budgeted pic should see considerably greater critical and commercial success than Boorman's last several efforts following its Cannes premiere at the Directors' Fortnight, which has made a habit in recent years of screening the "comeback" films of maverick 1960s and '70s auteurs (Friedkin, Coppola, Skolimowski, Jodorowsky).
  • Film Review: 'Castles in the Sky'

    "Making the invisible visible" is the objective that Scottish physicist Robert Watson-Watt repeatedly claims to pursue in "Castles in the Sky." It's also what Gillies MacKinnon's staid but affable biopic seeks to do for its human subject, placing a soft...

    Review: 'The Paradise' on PBS a soapy take on retail store's rise

    A pleasingly soapy story of beating hearts and changing times, "The Paradise," which begins Sunday on PBS, takes the 1883 Émile Zola department-store novel "Au Bonheur des Dames" (The Ladies' Paradise) and transfers the action from Paris to the north of...