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Richard III (1995)

Richard III (1995)
This week forensic scientists in the UK determined that the skeletal remains found buried beneath a parking lot are those of Richard III, the last Plantagenet ruler. The notorious Richard III is remembered as a royal bully and murderous usurper in large part thanks to Shakespeare’s play by the same name. While there have been many adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, to my mind, the 1995 version of Richard III is undoubtedly one of the best. Directed by Richard Loncraine with a screenplay by both Loncraine and actor Sir Ian McKellen, the story is transplanted from pre-Elizabethan England to an...
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination”, as the lyrics of the theme song state “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” is a place of pure imagination which continues to dazzle and charm 40 plus years after its initial release. Interestingly enough when it was first released in movie theatres in 1971 it was only a success with the critics, but not with movie goers. It would be later network airings, home video and DVD sales that would create its cult status among many generations of fans. Based on Roald Dahl’s much loved childrens  book  “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, the film...
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