Beaufort

BBB.5 (out of 5) Israeli soldiers are stationed at a centuries-old fort during the Lebanon war just before the country’s withdrawal from the territory.  The varied group of young men, whose personalities clash more often than cleave, see little action but plenty of friction as conflict wanes but danger still abounds.  The objective is to abandon…

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End

BB (out of 5) Johnny Depp hilariously sashays his way through another overblown mess in this third pirate adventure inspired by the Disneyland ride. Picking up where the last chapter left off (the two films were actually filmed together), the film has crew members Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom sailing to the ends of the earth…

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Atonement (2007)

JOE WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/France, 2007.  Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Relativity Media, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Christopher Hampton, based on the novel Ian McEwan.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Paul Tothill.  Academy Awards 2007.  Golden Globe Awards 2007.  Toronto International Film Festival 2007.  A…

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August Rush

B Painfully melodramatic bullshit about a little boy (Freddie Highmore) who is the love child of a rock musician (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a classical cellist (Keri Russell) and is being raised in an orphanage. He is determined to be reunited with his parents despite the fact that they never saw each other again after…

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The Counterfeiters (Die Falscher)

BBBB (out of 5) Despite getting quite a lot of mileage out of being the world’s greatest known counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch has the chips stacked against him considering he’s a Russian Jew in 1936 Berlin. After being arrested by the authorities for his illegal forging, Sally survives the entire war thanks to his copy talents,…

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Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The power of literature to deal with the devastation of war is directly applied to those who experience battle in this incredibly powerful documentary. Soldiers emerging from the Iraq War are given the opportunity to express what they have seen and witnessed thanks to workshops and training by writing professors.  Narrated…

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Norbit

0 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy has had a few dogs in his highly successful career, but it’s still surprising to think that this piece of garbage could involve him. Teaming up with makeup wizard Rick Baker, Murphy plays three characters: the title role, a soft-spoken dweeb who is raised in an orphanage, an (offensively stereotyped)…

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Juno

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sixteen year-old wiseass Juno (Ellen Page) has curiousity-driven sex with her boyfriend (Michael Cera) and finds herself knocked up.  Without the slightest hesitation she seeks out a well-off childless couple (Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner) to be the adoptive parents, in the meantime befriending them and finding that the husband is more…

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Away From Her

BBBB (out of 5) Actress Sarah Polley makes her directorial debut with this poignant adaptation of Alice Munro’s story The Bear Came Over The Mountain.  Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie play a four-decades married couple whose relationship unravels when the symptoms of her Alzheimers disease begin to appear with a vengeance. He is eventually forced to place her…

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Into The Wild

BBBB (out of 5) Heartbreaking examination of the true story of Chris McCandless, a college graduate from a well-to-do family who decides to drop it all and head for the wilderness. Abandoning his car in the desert and hitchhiking west, McCandless (who now calls himself Alexander Supertramp) encounters kind-hearted hippies Brian H. Dierker and Catherine…

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Sicko

BBBB (out of 5) Documentarian and loveable rabble-rouser Michael Moore delves into the All American Dream once again for this wholly absorbing film on the state of the nation’s health care. He interviews scores of subjects in five different countries to come up with evidence that the United States is in favour of a system…

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12

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A marvelous experience even if you are completely unfamiliar with Reginald Rose’s original teleplay or film adaptation of 12 Angry Men, enriched by seeing what happens when such a strong piece of work is filtered through a different cultural context.  With their courtroom under construction, twelve members of a jury are…

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