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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

Quite good, but not as good as the first two movies - something is lacking...

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)

Almost as good as its predecessor, and Zachary Gordon is a wonderful and highly personable young actor.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Dick Tracy (1990)

The surface aesthetic of this film is a triumph. I love the rogues' gallery of villains, I love Al Pacino as 'Big Boy', and I love Charlie Korsmo as 'The Kid'. However, if there's one criticism of this movie, it is that it is perhaps a little too two-dimensional - too much surface sheen and not quite enough emotional interest. What emotional interest there is in this picture is furnished by the Kid's developing relationship with Dick Tracy. Still, this is an unusual film, which is worth seeing at least once. Has anyone ever told Madonna that she's a rotten actress?

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Dickens of London (1976)

Roy Dotrice is particularly wonderful as John Dickens, Charles' father (who was the model for Macawber), and Simon Bell is a very likeable young Charles - a completely natural actor. The miniseries is not, perhaps, perfect - episode 11 ("Nightmare") is rather peculiar and feels almost like a 'filler' episode - but on the whole this is an illuminating and unique production.

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Diggity: A Home at Last (2001)

Pure, sentimental fluff - though more entertaining than it has any right to be... Though when at the end the angel pronounced that the reward for virtue was "freedom of choice" I almost brought up my lunch. Max Dolbey is such an appealing young actor, it is a surprise his acting career was so short-lived. In sum, a modestly enjoyable film, but perhaps not the sort of film one is likely to feel the need to watch a second time.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Dobro pozhalovat, ili postoronnim vkhod vospreshchyon (1964)

An utterly brilliant satire on Soviet bureaucracy, produced during the period of 'the Thaw' (roughly 1954-66) in the USSR. In the opening scene kids at a Summer camp are allowed to swim - but only in an area the size of a postage stamp and surrounded by netting, in order to avoid association with the local boys, who are alleged to harbour diseases. For breaking the rule of not associating with the local boys, Kostya (Vitya Kosykh) is expelled from the camp, but in fact remains on the grounds, with the other kids conspiring to keep his presence a secret.

Of course, kids in the west are now subject to far greater rules and strictures 'for their own safety' than was ever the case in the old USSR; making this satire as fresh and relevant as ever. A masterpiece of Soviet cinema. Very highly recommended.

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Doctor Dolittle (1967)

After revealing what an exceptionally talented young actor he was in "The Nanny", it's a pity that William Dix was reduced to a fairly two-dimensional role in this dull, overlong, poorly paced, great big turkey of a film.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed Star 3 / 10
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Dogwood (2014)

Understated, but not bad.

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Don Bosco (2004)

A good movie, though I prefer the 1988 film about the saint. One difference between the two films is that in the 1988 film Don Bosco is very tactile and physically affectionate with his boys. In the 2004 movie, by contrast, he hardly touches them - you'd think they had leprosy or something. This no doubt reflects a shift in our culture between the 1980s and the 21st century, and it is a sad indictment of western 'civilisation' (ha ha ha) that normal affection is now regarded with suspicion.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Don Bosco (1988)

Probably the better of the two movies made about Saint Don Bosco and his ragazzi (the other one being the 2004 movie, also in this database).

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 9 / 10
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Dr. Zack (2010)

Blah blah blah...working class men are neanderthals...blah blah blah...women are angels...blah blah blah...toxic masculinity...How much more of this can we take before we are all idiotized into imbecility? Oh, the boy's mother bathes him with his shorts on!!! Right, that's the last straw. I have nothing further in common with this civilisation. I'm off now to stick my head in a gas oven. Bye!

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red StarRed Star 2 / 10
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Dva Fyodora (1958)

A very beautiful and moving story with characters that seem absolutely real - one feels one knows them - and amazing acting from the principal actors. It doesn't get much better than this - a classic of Soviet cinema.

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Dva lidi v zoo (1989)

A fine comedy concerning the mischievous antics of identical twins. The cast are superb, the boys are completely natural actors, and the whole movie - and the boys - are an utter delight. Highly recommended.

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EastEnders (1985-????)

I really hate this soap. Everyone is always perpetually arguing and shouting at each other - most unpleasant. The moment when this soap started (1985) was the moment when English society and culture began to go seriously downhill, when English civil society became noticeably less civil.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed Star 2 / 10
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Ellos Volvieron (2015)

Magnificent analysis of moral panic in a small community.

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En Sabana Grande siempre es de día (1988)

Utterly wonderful. Why isn't there a beautiful remastered version of this on a Criterion Collection blu-ray? To think of the sheer unadulterated crap that gets the royal treatment (Guy Maddin, anyone?) when there are gems like this slipping below the radar...dear me.

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Ender's Game (2013)

Glossy, fast-paced, but underwhelming, the ideas of Card's novel do not seem to translate well to the medium of film.

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Un enfant dans la foule (1976)

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The Escape Artist (1980)

Audiences at the time of its release were slightly baffled, but this is actually a stunning multi-layered poetic masterpiece, about the burning love of a boy for his dead father, and about his own search for independence, and recognition from the adult world. Griffin O'Neal was just 15 when he played Danny Masters in this movie (though the film wasn't released for another couple of years), in a performance which John Holmstrom ("The Moving Picture Boy", p. 351) called "one of the screen's greatest boy performances". Watch out for former boy star Jackie Coogan as the owner of the Magic Shop, as well as performances from former 'Dead End Kids' Huntz Hall and Gabriel Dell. Unmissable!

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Escape from the Dark (1976)

Andrew Harrison and Benji Bolgar are both great in this wonderful movie. I like the way that the latter pronounces the word "skeletons" as "skelingtons". Disney at its finest.

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