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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The Brother From Another Planet

BBBB (out of 5) This enjoyable, low-budget science-fiction film tackles racism in a clever way. After an alien ( Joe Morton) crashes his spaceship onto planet Earth, he finds himself wandering modern day New York City in search of refuge from the evil enslavement of his home planet. What he finds in the Big Apple,…

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Lianna

BBBB (out of 5) After years of a seemingly happy marriage, Lianna (Linda Griffiths) decides to leave her husband because she can no longer deny the fact that she is a lesbian. Entering the dating scene after so long is treacherous enough, but navigating her way through one she is unfamiliar with is even harder…

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Casa De Los Babys

BBBB (out of 5) Six women stay at a resort in Mexico, some for months on end, waiting for the paperwork to come through on their adoptions of orphan children, while their hotel manager (Rita Moreno) is desperate to accommodate them without going crazy or killing her political upstart of a son. John Sayles has…

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Passion Fish

BBBBB (out of 5) John Sayles’ masterpiece is this brilliant two-character drama that you wish could go on forever. After she is paralyzed from the waist down in an auto accident, a bitter soap opera actress (Mary McDonnell) decides to move back home to her parents’ house in Louisiana. She hires a hilarious succession of…

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Sunshine State

BBB (out of 5) John Sayles has dealt with different American states in many of the films he’s made in the last fifteen or so years, this time giving us a slice of life from the orange-growing capital of the world, Florida. The story features an endless slew of characters and their involvement in the…

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Limbo

BBBB (out of 5) Beautifully photographed Alaska adventure by John Sayles, who continues his habit of delivering brilliant character studies in compelling circumstances. Perpetually single club singer Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has broken up with yet another boyfriend and is moving out; her daughter (Vanessa Martinez) stopped communicating with her long ago, taking her anger out on…

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Men With Guns

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent John Sayles drama about a Latin American teacher (Federico Luppi) who discovers that all the medical doctors he trained to go out into the dense jungles of his country and administer medicine to the poor have disappeared. He goes from village to village in search of his pupils, and each…

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Lone Star

BBB.5 (out of 5) John Sayles’ writing in this fascinating drama wanders a bit too much for its own good, but his storytelling and character depth is still better than most filmmakers around. Chris Cooper gives an excellent performance as a Texan sherriff who uncovers a years-old mystery involving his late father (played in flashback…

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The Secret Of Roan Inish

BBBB (out of 5) Gorgeously shot fantasy film by John Sayles, who brings to life a tale of selkies, half-human, half-seal creatures out of Irish folklore whom a little girl believes have kidnapped her baby brother. She has been told by her whole family that he has died and gone to heaven, but after hearing about…

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City Of Hope

BBB.5 (out of 5) John Sayles’ tale of urban drama is a multi-casted tale that takes place among a group of varied characters. The centre of the story revolves around an old apartment block that a big-time contractor (Tony Lo Bianco) is planning on demolishing to make way for a more expensive, commercial development. His…

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Eight Men Out

BBBB (out of 5) John Sayles’ brilliant exposé of a very dark time in the business of baseball. Post-World War I players of the Chicago White Sox are fed up with their owner’s skinflinting on their salaries (instead of giving them a promised bonus after winning a game, they’re handed flat bottles of champagne). When…

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