The Room (2003)

TOMMY WISEAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 2003.  Wiseau-Films.  Screenplay by Tommy Wiseau.  Cinematography by Todd Barron.  Produced by Tommy Wiseau.  Music by Mladen Milicevic.  Production Design by Mercedes Younger.  Costume Design by Safowa Bright-Asare.  Film Editing by Eric Chase.  The film notoriously known as the greatest bad movie ever made is, to your greatest disappointment, not the worst movie ever made, but…

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Evil (Ondskan)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Young Torless meets Full Metal Jacket in this riveting look at the world of elite boarding schools set in the 1960s.  After getting into too many fights and being expelled too many times from local schools, Erik is sent to a prestigious school after his sympathetic mother sells a number of heirlooms to pay his tuition.  Getting…

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Marci X

0.5 (out of 5) Not even the presence of two adorable stars can help this abysmally inept comedy, in which Lisa Kudrow stars as a privileged Jewish princess who needs to step in and help the family business after her tycoon father (director Richard Benjamin) is taken ill.  The provocative lyrics of a popular rapper (Damon…

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Bulgarian Lovers (Los Novios Bulgaros)

BB.5 (out of 5) A phenomenon of Bulgarian immigrants in sunny Spain means that there are plenty of recently arrived young men who need to find ways to sustain themselves.  Madrid is also rife with aging gay men who cannot resist the temptation of providing financial support for handsome fellows who return the favour with…

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In The City (En La Ciudad)

BBBB (out of 5) From Cesc Gay (Nico And Dani) comes this terrific ensemble drama about the lives of four couples in modern day Barcelona. One is a happily married, middle-class couple with a child and a beautiful home whose mother perfect calm is thrown for a loop when the wife reunites with a woman who…

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The Last Samurai

BBB.5 (out of 5) After participating in a number of Civil War battles (many of which helped decimate the populations of natives in North America), an embittered, drunken veteran (Tom Cruise) follows his superior officers to Japan in search of big money. He has been hired by the emperor to train the country’s army in…

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The Return (Vozvrashchenie) (2003)

ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Russia, 2003.  Ren Film.   Screenplay by Vladimir Moiseenko, Aleksandr Novototskiy-Vlasov.  Cinematography by Mikhail Krichman.  Produced by Dmitriy Lesnevskiy.  Music by Andrey Dergachev.  Production Design by Zhanna Pakhomova.  Costume Design by Anna Bartuli.  Film Editing by Vladimir Mogilevskiy.  Golden Globe Awards 2003.  Toronto International Film Festival 2003. Adolescent brothers growing up in the starkness of a Russian coastal village are bowled over when…

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Scary Movie 3

BB (out of 5) The spoofs keep rolling in as the Wayan Brothers step out of the way and let director David Zucker take over for the franchise. This time the jokes aren’t nearly as gross as they were in the first two films, but eventually the skits become as tedious they always do. The…

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Uptown Girls

BB.5 (out of 5) Brittany Murphy plays the daughter of a famous rock star who lost her parents when she was a little girl and has been raised by their endless fortune ever since. Living alone in a posh Manhattan condo, she is forced to take care of herself when her financial manager takes off to…

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Paycheck

BBB.5 (out of 5) Another Philip Dick story makes it to the big screen, a fun one free of intellectual challenge or even a fully comprehensive plot. Ben Affleck plays a computer engineer who is hired by companies to pirate existing software for them to improve upon, followed by his having his memory erased to avoid…

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Under The Tuscan Sun

BBBB (out of 5) After barely surviving a nasty and devastating divorce, a literary critic (Diane Lane) goes on an Italian vacation on the suggestion of her best friend (Sandra Oh) and ends up falling in love with the Tuscan countryside. Despite its being a risky idea, Lane purchases a rundown villa and decides to…

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Luck

BBB.5 (out of 5) An amiable young man (Luke Kirby) falls into the pit of gambling addiction thanks to the habits of his betting friends and his own desire to impress the girl of his dreams (Sarah Polley). The addiction starts with blackjack, moves to horse races and eventually he and his friends become bookies…

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