Go For Sisters (2013)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2013.  Anarchist’s Convention Films, Olmos Productions, Go For Films.   Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Kat Westergaard.  Produced by Peter Bobrow, Edward James Olmos, Alejandro Springall.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mara A. Spear.  Costume Design by Dana R. Woods.  Film Editing by John Sayles. John Sayles is in top form…

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Boy And The World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2013)

ALE ABREU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Brazil, 2013.  Filme de Papel.  Screenplay by Alê Abreu.  Produced by Fernanda Carvalho, Tita Tessler.  Music by Ruben Feffer, Gustavo Kurlat.  Film Editing by Alê Abreu.  Academy Awards 2015.   Beautifully rendered tale that has no (discernible) dialogue and whose simple animation style emphasizes rough drawings with bright colours.  Its central figure is a small boy…

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Hawaii (2013)

MARCO BERGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Argentina, 2013.  La Noria Cine, Universidad del Cine.  Screenplay by Marco Berger.  Cinematography by Tomás Pérez Silva.  Produced by Marco Berger, Pedro Irusta.  Music by Pedro Irusta.  Production Design by Marco Berger.  Film Editing by Marco Berger.   The sensuality drips so hard it practically drools all over this gorgeous, muted romantic drama.  Martin has returned…

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Begin Again (Can A Song Save Your Life) (2013)

JOHN CARNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2013.  Exclusive Media Group, Sycamore Pictures, Apatow Productions, Likely Story.  Screenplay by John Carney.  Cinematography by Yaron Orbach.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Tobin Armbrust, Anthony Bregman.  Music by Gregg Alexander.  Production Design by Chad Keith.  Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by Andrew Marcus.  Academy Awards 2014.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013.   Lonely souls meet over music once again…

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Words And Pictures (2013)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/Canada/Australia, 2013.  Latitude Productions, Lascaux Films, American Entertainment Investors.  Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Curtis Burch, Gerald Di Pego, Fred Schepisi.  Music by Paul Grabowsky.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013.   Clive Owen is an English teacher…

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The French Minister (Quai D’Orsay) (2013)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 2013.  Little Bear, Pathé, France 2 Cinéma, CN2 Productions, Alvy Développement, Canal+, Ciné+, Site 4 View Productions.  Screenplay by Abel Lanzac, Christophe Blain, Bertrand Tavernier, based on the comic book Quai d’Orsay-Chroniques Diplomatiques by Abel Lanzac, Christophe Blain.  Cinematography by Jerome Almeras.  Produced by Frederic Bourboulon, Jerome Seydoux.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design…

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First Period (2013)

CHARLIE VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2013.  Falling Anvil Productions, Delicious Mayhem Productions.  Screenplay by Brandon Alexander III.  Cinematography by Olivia Kuan.  Produced by Brandon Alexander III, Dudley Beene, Charlie Vaughn.  Music by Matthew Carrier.  Production Design by Dudley Beene, Michael Lorre.  Costume Design by Michael Mullen.  Film Editing by Corey Ziemniak.  Podcasts:  Bad Gay Movies.   Well-intentioned but ultimately unsuccessful attempt…

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Fast & Furious 6 (Furious 6)

BBBB (out of 5) Paradise is everything but exciting, so it’s no surprise when the group that made off with such a huge payload in part 5 are ready to jump back into the hot seat. Vin Diesel is sure that he has nothing to say to DSS hotshot Dwayne Johnson, but when Johnson shows up at his house…

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Hard To Be A God (Trudno byt Bogom)

BB.5 (out of 5) Aleksey Germany began production on this adaptation of the cult novel in 2000 and, sadly, died before its release in 2013.  It’s a fluid, beautifully shot allegory that plays like a modern day but less compelling Marketa Lazarova, about scientists sent to an Earth-like planet that is still stuck in what look…

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Love Battles (Mes Seances de Lutte)

BBB.5 (out of 5) A girl returns home to deal with the estate of her recently departed father and reconnects with a man with whom she had once had a passing flirtation that was never consummated.  Her disappointment with her father’s will, hoping that she would inherit a piano that symbolized a level of affection and…

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Venus In Fur (La Venus a la Fourrure)

BBBB (out of 5) It is no small feat to make a film with just two people in one room and have it be this captivating, but Roman Polanski has managed it. Emmanuelle Seigner plays a pushy, perpetually chattering actress who enters a theatre and is devastated that she has arrived well after auditions for a…

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The Trials Of Muhammad Ali

BBB.5 (out of 5) He is now known by his chosen name of Muhammad Ali, or just as The Greatest, an eternally famous boxing champion who was eventually given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President of the United States, but his road to such glory rocky to say the least. Ali began his career as a…

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