The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

SARA COLANGELO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Pie Films, Farcaster Films, Imagination Park Entertainment, Liner Films, Manhattan Productions, Maven Pictures, PaperChase Films, Pia Pressure, Piapressure, Studio Mao.  Screenplay by Sara Colangelo, based on a screenplay by Nadav Lapid.  Cinematography by Pepe Avila del Pino.  Produced by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler.  Music…

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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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Bad Santa

BBB (out of 5) Billy Bob Thornton plays an alcoholic, foul-mouthed, angry thief who gets jobs in department stores during the Christmas season as Santa Claus in order to crack into store safes. On their latest gig, he and his assistant, a pint-sized fellow with an equally colourful vocabulary, risk losing it all when Thornton…

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K-PAX

BBB (out of 5) Prote (Kevin Spacey) insists he is an alien visiting Earth from the Planet K-PAX. His psychiatrist (Jeff Bridges) is so impressed by Prote’s knowledge of astronomy and current socio-political situations that he is actually entertaining the possibility that Prote is who he says he is. Spacey and Bridges both give performances…

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The Guru

BBBB (out of 5) In this delightful comedy, a young Indian man (Jimi Mistry) leaves his home and family back in India and makes his way to New York City to become a big star. His friends tell him to give up and accept what little opportunities are offered to foreigners in America, but Mistry…

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subUrbia

BB (out of 5) New Jersey teens hang out at a convenience store parking lot and shoot the shit about their wasted lives. When an old friend comes to visit them after having made it as a rock star, it sends all their tempers and insecurities raging like wildfire as they take out their anger…

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Office Space

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ron Livingston plays a disgruntled office worker goes to occupational therapy and finds himself stuck in a completely stress-free state of mind when his hypnotist dies in the middle of the session. Now that he can approach his work with more soundness in mind and body, our hero can handle such things as…

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Vice-Versa

BB.5 (out of 5) At some point in the late eighties, one screenplay got made into about seven different films. Between Vice Versa, 18 Again, etc. there really doesn’t seem to be any way to tell the difference (Big was the only film of this ilk to show any signs of originality and freshness). Here,…

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Hannibal (2001)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2001.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Universal Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis Company, Scott Free Productions.  Screenplay by David Mamet, Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Thomas Harris.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis, Ridley Scott.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Diego Loreggian, Norris Spencer.  Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film…

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The Wrestler (2008)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/France, 2008.  Wild Bunch, Protozoa Pictures, Saturn Films, Top Rope.  Screenplay by Robert D. Siegel.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Tim Grimes.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Academy Awards 2008.  Golden Globe Awards 2008.  Toronto International Film Festival 2008.   It’s not easy being a has-been,…

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Requiem For A Dream (2000)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Artisan Entertainment, Thousand Words, Sibling Productions, Protozoa Pictures, Industry Entertainment, Bandeira Entertainment, Requiem for a Dream, Truth and Soul Pictures.  Screenplay by Hubert Selby Jr., Darren Aronofsky, based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr..  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Eric Watson, Palmer West.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume…

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Pi (1998)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Harvest Filmworks, Truth and Soul Pictures, Plantain Films.  Story by Darren Aronofsky, Sean Gullette, Eric Watson, Screenplay by Darren Aronofksy.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Eric Watson.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Matthew Maraffi.  Costume Design by Eric ‘Shorty’ Meyerson.  Film Editing by Oren Sarch.   Clever but eventually numbing exercise in film as…

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