CASANOVA

A light and entertaining farce.  It’s charm lies in its excellent cast and its refusal to take itself seriously.  The only time I FF’d was when the farcical elements piled on a little too thickly.

FF= 0.5

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KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

I enjoyed this.  I know next to nothing about the crusades, so I can’t comment on the film’s historical accuracy, but the leper king of Jerusalem, the Knights Templar, the wise and savvy Saladin all made for a fascinating mix.  Some excellent action.  I recall some reviews being unkind to Orlando Bloom, but he carried me along.  I was engaged.

F= 0.5