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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic becomes more dear and more impressive the more you learn about it —Marty Mapes (DVD review...)

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Ralph Fiennes

  • A Bigger Splash (2015)

    Schoenarts and Swinton make A Bigger Splash Review by Robert Denerstein: Fiennes excels in this deviously slow boil of a movie

  • Spectre (2015)

    Craig is haunted by Spectres Review by Matt Anderson: Skyfall’s a tough act for Spectre to follow

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Craig is serious as a clenched fist, but Spectre is a Bond too long

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

    Fiennes takes care of The Grand Budapest Hotel Review by Robert Denerstein: Wes Anderson checks into a grand hotel

    Review by Marty Mapes: Whrilwind storytelling leaves the emotional core behind

  • Coriolanus (2011)

    Fiennes makes a fine Coriolanus Review by Marty Mapes: The blend of modern and Elizabethan is what works

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

    Harry gets his Goodfellas ending Review by Marty Mapes: Satisfying

    Review by Robert Denerstein: The series deserves a hearty round of applause

  • The Duchess (2008)

    Knightley is a Duchess, if not a Lady Di Review by Matt Anderson: High society nightmare is an absorbing, albeit staid, affair

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: Spend the night with The Duchess on Blu-ray

  • In Bruges (2008)

    Farrell gets sentenced to do time In Bruges Review by Matt Anderson: A ferocious pageant of stereotypes, misconceptions, and biases; but looks can be deceiving

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

    Radcliffe joins The Order of the Phoenix Review by Marty Mapes: Another jumble of special effects, plot shards, celebrity cameos, and sometimes-impressive imagery

  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

    Gromit is cursed by the Were-Rabbit Review by Marty Mapes: Impressive regardless, and more so because the characters are so endearing

  • The Constant Gardener (2005)

    Fiennes is one Constant Gardener Review by Nick Reed: With the non-stop suspense and endless information, Meirelles doesn't even leave us time to blink

  • The Good Thief (2003)

    Nolte kicks his habits to become The Good Thief Review by Matt Anderson: Nolte's art thief retired from the heist business with heroin and gambling habits filling the void

  • Spider (2003)

    Ralph makes a Fienne Spider Review by Marty Mapes: We can't know the objective truth about Spider, but we can watch and find him fascinating

  • Maid in Manhattan (2002)

    J Lo has it Maid in Manhattan Review by Marty Mapes: Aims for mediocrity and hits the middle of the target

  • English Patient (1996)

    Fiennes is filmed as the unfilmable English Patient Review by Marty Mapes

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: Finally receives proper treatment in the new two-disc collector’s edition DVD from Miramax