Short Eyes (1977)

ROBERT M. YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Screenplay by Miguel Pinero, based on his play. Cinematography by Peter Sova. Produced by Lewis Harris, Robert M. Young. Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Joe Babas. Costume Design by Paul Martino. Film Editing by Edward Beyer. Miguel Pineyro’s Tony-nominated play, based on his own experiences behind bars, is adapted to…

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Bulgarian Lovers (Los Novios Bulgaros)

BB.5 (out of 5) A phenomenon of Bulgarian immigrants in sunny Spain means that there are plenty of recently arrived young men who need to find ways to sustain themselves.  Madrid is also rife with aging gay men who cannot resist the temptation of providing financial support for handsome fellows who return the favour with…

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W.E.

BB (out of 5) Everyone always talks about what Edward VIII gave up to marry Wallis Simpson, she tells us, but what about what she gave up to be with him? After deciding to marry the King of England, thereby forcing him to abdicate his throne for the twice-divorced American, Simpson no longer had her…

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EdTV

BB (out of 5) This one’s got nothing on The Truman Show, though they are very different films:  Peter Weir’s classic was about human nature breaking free of oppressive uniformity, while Ron Howard’s geeky comedy is about the human obsession with voyeurism and gossip. Ellen DeGeneres is a television producer who comes up with a brilliant…

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‘Crocodile’ Dundee II

BB.5 (out of 5) As is par for the course, the sequel doesn’t measure up to the original. Following his adventures from the land down under to New York City, Mick (the winningly charming Paul Hogan) is now happily living with his lady love (Linda Kozlowski) in the Big Apple and enjoying marital bliss. This…

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The Men Who Stare At Goats

BBB (out of 5) Grant Heslov’s humorous adaptation of Peter Straughan’s book is an unfortunate misfire, a brilliantly conceived and packaged film that never equals the sum of its parts. What’s a guy to do when his co-worker dies and his wife leaves him? Go to Iraq, of course! Michigan journalist Ewan McGregor decides to abandon…

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Michael Clayton

BBBB.5 (out of 5) George Clooney gives a masterful performance as a dirt-busting lawyer who is asked to reign in a top member of his firm’s legal council (Tom Wilkinson) who has been embarrassing the organization. While working on defending a multibillion dollar agricultural corporation from an ecological scandal, Wilkinson has been overwhelmed by his…

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Wag The Dog

BBBBB (out of 5) Exceptionally witty comedy by Barry Levinson stars Dustin Hoffman as a movie producer who is enlisted by top government official Robert De Niro to create a war for the American public to see on their television screens.  The hope is that it will detract from a sex scandal that the current president is…

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