Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

JILL SPRECHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Stonelock Pictures, Single Cell Pictures, double A Films, Conversation Productions Inc., Echo Lake Entertainment, Entitled Entertainment.  Screenplay by Karen Sprecher, Jill Sprecher.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Beni Atoori, Gina Resnick.  Music by Alex Wurman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Boston Film Critics…

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Brother To Brother

BBB (out of 5) A gay black man (Anthony Mackie) struggles to be accepted, dealing with the racial prejudices of those who are not like him, and the intolerance of those who are. He is given a new sense of perspective when he befriends one of the men who live at the homeless shelter where…

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Garden State

BBB (out of 5) Zach Braff directs and stars as a struggling Los Angeles actor who flies home to New Jersey to attend his mother’s funeral. He hooks up with an old friend (Peter Sarsgaard) and meets an off-the-wall girl (Natalie Portman) with whom he finds a connection in the midst of a mini-breakdown. Visually…

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National Lampoon’s Van Wilder

B.5 (out of 5) Yes, it’s been a tough life living without the campus comedy genre for so long since the good old days of Animal House.  Van Wilder has its funny moments, but I hardly imagine that it will achieve the status of John Landis’s comedy favourite. Ryan Reynolds gives an excellent performance in the…

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