Director: Michael Apted

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Film:Coal Miner's Daughter

Coal Miner's Daughter

Michael Apted

Sissy Spacek won a much-deserved Oscar for her lead in this entertaining biography of country-music legend Loretta Lynn. British director Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist) brings fine texture to the Kentucky backwoods section of the film, where the teenage Loretta meets her future husband (Tommy Lee Jones), who ultimately pushes her into show business. Lynn’s adult life is well covered, from her spouse’s philandering to her own on-stage crackups; but between the chapter-and-verse recollections, the script by Thomas Rickman is layered with life and…

Film:Gorky Park

Gorky Park

Michael Apted

Martin Cruz Smith’s bestselling mystery novel seemed ideally cast for this movie version, but director Michael Apted and the usually reliable writer Dennis Potter couldn’t solve the problem of taking the story from the page to the screen. William Hurt plays Renko, a Cold War-era Moscow police detective who must cope with both crooks and Communist party protocol as he tries to solve a murder case in the middle of one of Moscow’s public parks that leaves three faceless corpses. The strands of the mystery involve corruption, American money, and the fur trade and,…

Film:The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Film 3 in series

Michael Apted

Return to the magic and wonder of C.S. Lewis epic world in this third installment of the beloved ‘’The Chronicles of Narnia’’ fantasy-adventure series.

When Lucy and Edmund Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, are swallowed into a painting and transported back to Narnia, they join King Caspian and a noble mouse named Reepicheep aboard the magnificent ship ‘’The Dawn Treader’’. The courageous voyagers travel to mysterious islands, confront mystical creatures, and reunite with the great lion Aslan on a mission that will determine the fate of Narnia itself!

Film:The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough

Michael Apted

In his 19th screen outing, Ian Fleming’s superspy is once again caught in the crosshairs of a self-created dilemma: as the longest-running feature-film franchise, James Bond is an annuity his producers want to protect, yet the series’ consciously formulaic approach frustrates any real element of surprise beyond the rote application of plot twists or jump cuts to shake up the audience. This time out, credit 007’s caretakers for making some visible attempts to invest their principal characters with darker motives—and blame them for squandering The World Is Not Enough’s initial promise by the final reel.…

Film:Blink

Blink

Michael Apted

A blind woman, whose sight has only recently been restored, thinks she’s witnessed a brutal murder.

Film:Nell

Nell

Michael Apted

This film is an intelligent examination of an easygoing doctor (Liam Neeson at his teddy bear best) and his discovery of Nell (Oscar nominee Jodie Foster), a woman who was raised in the woods with no human contact except her speech-impaired mother. The movie covers a familiar “fish out of water” story unlocking Nell’s soul (by deciphering her incomprehensible language) and then taking her into the modern world. What makes Nell special is the earnest work by Neeson, Natasha Richardson (as an uptight psychologist), and a rich, small array of supporting…

Film:Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

Michael Apted

Sigourney Weaver more than earned her Oscar nomination for Best Actress in Gorillas in the Mist, dominating every frame of Michael Apted’s biopic about primatologist Dian Fossey. Tenderly mothering an orphaned gorilla infant or terrorizing an African poacher with a staged lynching, the statuesque star is never less than fiercely focused, a glamorous warrior for animal rights. As the amateur scientist who researched and spotlighted Rwanda’s endangered mountain gorillas in National Geographic, Weaver is the passionate heart that keeps an otherwise…

Film:The Chronicles of Narnia series

The Chronicles of Narnia series

Andrew Adamson, Michael Apted

Prepare to enter another world in C.S. Lewis’ timeless and beloved adventure. With the stunningly realistic special effects, you’ll experience the exploits of Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, four siblings who find the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of “hide-and-seek” at the country estate of a mysterious professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, once peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs, giants and a wise and magnificent lion Aslan.

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