Chicks Dig Gay Guys

0 (out of 5) Tired of striking out with girls at clubs, Scooter overhears a group of pretty ladies chatting with their gay friend and realizes the foolproof way for getting close with the ladies.  He… Continue reading

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Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (Bang Gang (une histoire d’amour moderne))

BBB.5 (out of 5) Laetitia is a teenager on the verge of adulthood whose concerned father keeps her to a curfew; if he knew what she and her best girlfriend George were actually up… Continue reading

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Life, Animated

BBB.5 (out of 5) Owen Suskind was diagnosed with autism as a small child, his parents given little hope that their son would develop reasonably successful communication skills in his adult life.  Disheartened but unwilling… Continue reading

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Tanna

BBBB (out of 5) Members of the Yakel tribe of Vanuatu perform the story of this film entirely in the Nauvhal language, the story set on the lush Pacific island upon which they… Continue reading

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A Man Called Ove (En Man Som Heter Ove)

BBBB (out of 5) A peaceful suburban community has a resident grump in its midst, the irascible and quick-tempered Ove (Rolf Lassgård), who makes sure cars don’t drive through the neighbourhood’s small roads and screams… Continue reading

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The Comedian

BB (out of 5) A once-famous comic (Robert De Niro) has to settle for the crummy gigs his devoted agent (Edie Falco) gets for him, divey bars outside the city where crowds mostly ignore… Continue reading

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Hacksaw Ridge

BBBB (out of 5) Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) does not want to stay home when all his friends are leaving to fight in World War II, but enlistment is also a problem for… Continue reading

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Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare)

BBBB (out of 5) The Mediterranean island of Lampedusa gets a high number of distress calls from boats crossing the sea from Africa, with thousands of desperate refugees risking life and limb in the hope… Continue reading

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Rings

BB (out of 5) A young man disappears soon after leaving for college and causes great concern for his girlfriend, who is sure that something bad has happened and he hasn’t just forgotten about… Continue reading

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Other People

BBBB (out of 5) Aspiring television writer Jesse Plemons has returned home to be with his mother (Molly Shannon) for what will turn out to be the last year of her life after she has… Continue reading

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A Human Condition (Human, Too Human) (Humain, trop Humain)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Louis Malle trains his documentary camera on a Citroen factory for soothing, captivating results.  There’s very little spoken dialogue in the film, it is mostly observations of the workers operating… Continue reading

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King Cobra

BBBB (out of 5) Handsome young Sean Paul Lockhart (Garrett Clayton) shows up at the house of an independent porn producer (Christian Slater) and after filming a few scenes very quickly becomes an internet sensation.  Slater quickly… Continue reading

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Gold

BB.5 (out of 5) With the recession of the early eighties driving his commodities business into the ground, Matthew McConaughey is looking for the redemption that will get him out of making calls from… Continue reading

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The Salesman (Forushande)

BBBBB (out of 5) The stunning opening sequence of this absorbing drama sets the tension right away as an apartment building is threatening to collapse and forces its tenants to evacuate immediately.  A couple who are performing in… Continue reading

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Eaux Profondes

BBBB (out of 5) Jean-Louis Trintignant is married to gorgeous young Isabelle Huppert, their passionless marriage held together by an unspoken agreement to let her play around with other men.  She has a tendency… Continue reading

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Vampire’s Kiss

BB (out of 5) Nicolas Cage plays a literary agent with a bad attitude towards everyone except his kindly and understanding therapist.  He cats around with Kasi Lemmons until their fun times are interrupted by… Continue reading

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Scarlet Street

BBB.5 (out of 5) Fritz Lang remakes Jean Renoir’s La Chienne as a reunion for the stars of his Woman In The Window the year before.  Edward G. Robinson plays a timid insurance clerk with a shrew of a… Continue reading

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Jacquot de Nantes

BBBB (out of 5) Jacques Demy originally intended to make a film based on his own memories of childhood but, with his illness becoming more serious, his wife Agnes Varda stepped in and… Continue reading

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Trouble Every Day

BBB.5 (out of 5) Claire Denis makes her way into the world of horror with his moody, sexy drama. Vincent Gallo and Tricia Vessey have arrived in Paris for their honeymoon, but their bliss is… Continue reading

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The Battle of Russia

BBBB (out of 5) Exemplary entry in the Why We Fight series, and one of the longest, this is among many World War II documentaries that act as a fascinating record of a time long gone by: Russia… Continue reading

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The Black Hole

BB (out of 5) Disney enters the space race after the success of Star Wars has studios scrambling to get their own intergalactic projects into theatres and take advantage of the genre’s popularity.  A crew aboard… Continue reading

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Le Jour Se Leve (Daybreak)

BBBB (out of 5) A shot is heard, a man stumbles out an apartment door and falls dead down a flight of stairs; the neighbours are upset, the police arrive and pretty soon the building… Continue reading

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Triple Agent

BBB (out of 5) Eric Rohmer investigates the true story of a man trying to remain apolitical in highly political times.  Russian-born Fyodor lives in Paris with his Greek-born wife, retired from the… Continue reading

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The Holy Mountain (La Montana Sagrada)

BBBB (out of 5) A Christlike thief traverses a strange landscape until coming into the presence of an alchemist, who then introduces him to seven figures representing planets of the solar system.  They tell… Continue reading

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Manderlay

BB (out of 5) Lars von Trier’s proposed trilogy of observations of American society starts out strong with Dogville but moves on to a much less interesting second chapter (the third has yet to be… Continue reading

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The Founder

BB.5 (out of 5) A traveling salesman who has peddled everything possible is tired and disillusioned, trying to get drive-in burger joints to buy his multi-milkshake machine and getting nowhere until a phone call… Continue reading

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Patriots Day

BB.5 (out of 5) The bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon is the subject of this action drama starring Mark Wahlberg as the police officer at the centre of the action.  Recovering from a knee… Continue reading

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13th

BBBB (out of 5) Ava DuVernay follows her critically acclaimed Selma with a documentary that looks further into the history of racial inequality in America.  With the thirteenth amendment abolishing slavery at the end… Continue reading

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The North Star

BBB (out of 5) Lillian Hellman pens a tribute to the spirit of a Russia suffering under Nazi atrocities during World War II in a film released while the U.S. still considered the… Continue reading

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Obsession

BBB (out of 5) Cliff Robertson loses wife Genevieve Bujold and their small daughter after they die with their kidnappers in a fiery blaze during a police chase.  Years later and obsessed with grief, Robertson… Continue reading

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Divines

BBBB (out of 5) Dounia sees school as a waste of time, her challenges in the rough suburbs of Paris including an alcoholic mother at home and teachers at school that prepare girls like her… Continue reading

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Live By Night

BB.5 (out of 5) Ben Affleck returns to the writings of Dennis Lehane, whose novel Gone Baby Gone was his directorial debut nine years earlier.  He stars as a small-time Boston thug whose conflict with a… Continue reading

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The Villain Still Pursued Her

0 (out of 5) Parody of old Victorian melodramas, which apparently Hollywood audiences were just raging for in the early forties.  A fine, upstanding young man marries his lady love, proudly announcing that a… Continue reading

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Francesco

BB.5 (out of 5) Liliana Cavani films a story focused on St. Francis of Assissi for the second time in her career, this time landing somewhere between Jesus of Nazareth and The Last Temptation of Christ in… Continue reading

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20th Century Women

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Fifteen years old and crossing over rapidly from childhood to the earliest budding of adulthood, Lucas Jade Zumann is constantly in the thrall of his magnificent mother (Annette Bening), a… Continue reading

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Zootopia (Zootropolis)

BBBB (out of 5) Animals were once divided into predators and prey but generations have passed and evolution has brought them to a peaceful co-existence in a world much like ours.  Good will aside, however,… Continue reading

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Silence

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Informed that their colleague has abandoned the church and taken up life as a citizen of seventeenth-century Japan after voyaging there as a missionary, two Portuguese priests make it their mission… Continue reading

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Everything Is Copy

BBBBB (out of 5) Nora Ephron died in 2012 at the age of 71 of leukemia, and the shocking news of her death was compounded by the revelation that her illness was something she… Continue reading

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Fedora

BB.5 (out of 5) Penultimate film by Billy Wilder that seeks to recreate the atmosphere of Sunset Boulevard with a similar tale of imagined Hollywood lore. William Holden gives a reliable performance as a struggling film… Continue reading

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Macadam Stories (Asphalte)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Samuel Benchetrit directs three stories from his first volume of  Les Chroniques de l’Asphalte, all set in a run-down suburban apartment building.  A loner confined to a wheelchair after an exercise-related… Continue reading

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Little Lord Fauntleroy

BBB.5 (out of 5) Adorable adaptation of the popular novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett features a starmaking turn by Freddie Bartholomew as the refined young man being raised on the streets of late nineteenth-century Brooklyn.… Continue reading

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History of Fear (Historia del Miedo)

BB.5 (out of 5) Latin American films that apply a realist flavour to an examination on class divisions are so standard that at this point you want to tell everyone to work it out… Continue reading

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BBBB (out of 5) A story that takes place between episodes of Star Wars films sounds like the worst exploitation, the kind of garbage designed to pile up the coffers in George Lucas and Disney’s treasure… Continue reading

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

BB.5 (out of 5) J.K. Rowling exploits her fans for all they’re worth in this original screenplay based in the world of her megahit Harry Potter series, taking place decades before the action… Continue reading

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Moana

BBB (out of 5) Moana, daughter to the chief of her village, longs to go beyond the shallow waters surrounding her island, but her father refuses to let any of his subjects travel.… Continue reading

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1939)

BBBB (out of 5) Loose adaptation of the third volume of Three Musketeers stories by Alexandre Dumas, among which was this tale that toyed with the legend an unknown prisoner in the Bastille that… Continue reading

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Loving

BBBB (out of 5) Mildred Jeter (Ruth Negga) tells her boyfriend Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) that she’s pregnant; he is pleased with the news and immediately buys a plot, begins building a house in their rural… Continue reading

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Callaway Went Thataway (The Star Said No)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Old westerns starring Howard Keel are being played on television and thrilling the kids who watch them on the small screen with their parents.  Film producers realize this is a… Continue reading

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X Y & Zee (Zee And Co.)

BBB (out of 5) Trash should always be this fun. Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine have no end of fun camping it up in this melodrama, in which they play a married couple who have their… Continue reading

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