Molly’s Game (2017)

AARON SORKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  China/USA, 2017.  STX Entertainment, Huayi Brothers Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Pascal Pictures, Entertainment One.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Molly Bloom.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Matt Jackson, Amy Pascal.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Alan Baumgarten, Elliot Graham, Josh … More Molly’s Game (2017)

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Steve Jobs

BBB (out of 5) Aaron Sorkin applies his fast-talking style to the career of Steve Jobs for a film that is, thankfully, not a biopic but an investigation of ambition and compromise. The entire thing takes place at three different stockholder presentations, all the action centered around the moments before show time: 1984, with the … More Steve Jobs

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Moneyball

BBB (out of 5) With the Oakland Athletics soon to suffer the loss of star players and the ball club not in its pinkest years, general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) has to find a way to put together a crack team of athletes on a constricted budget that will hopefully yield results on the … More Moneyball

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The American President

BBBBB (out of 5) Rob Reiner scores high points with this delightful romantic comedy fuelled by a brilliant script by Aaron Sorkin (later the writer and creator of television’s The West Wing). President Michael Douglas has to juggle a career and a personal life when he finds himself smitten with the lobbyist (Annette Bening) who has just been … More The American President

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A Few Good Men

BBBB (out of 5) Riveting courtroom dramas are a dime a dozen, but this shining example of quality filmmaking adds star power and Rob Reiner’s tightscrew direction and it’s a real winner. Tom Cruise and Demi Moore star as two dangerously inexperienced marine lawyers working on a case involving the murder of a private by his fellow … More A Few Good Men

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Charlie Wilson’s War

BB.5 (out of 5) A minor Texas congressman (Tom Hanks) finds himself inspired by a gutsy society dame (Julia Roberts) to get involved in post-Soviet invaded Afghanistan and help the country defend itself against their common enemy. Teaming up with a CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman) with a knack for speaking his mind, Hanks manages … More Charlie Wilson’s War

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The Social Network

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Facebook.com was already a giant phenomenon when it was an exclusive social network for university and college students around the globe; when it went beyond the scholastic borders and was available universally, the website mushroom-clouded into a brilliantly multifaceted spiderweb that has contributed to everyday vocabulary (“Facebook me”, “Unfriend her”) and … More The Social Network

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