The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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Tightrope

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood plays a New Orleans detective who has quite the case up against him: someone is going around killing ladies of the night, some of whom our hero has enjoyed kinky dalliances with in the past. Is it possible that the murderer is targeting Eastwood personally? Enter Genevieve Bujold as a rape…

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Breakfast Of Champions

B.5 (out of 5) Raucously noisy adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s popular novel that has Bruce Willis giving an excellent performance in what is otherwise a really brutal mess. He plays a car salesman whose world starts coming apart when he finds the pressures of his life are just getting to be too much. Barbara Hershey is wasted…

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Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

BB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood’s drawn-out directorial style of film making is ill-suited to the Southern gothic atmosphere of this adaptation of John Berendt’s celebrated novel.  John Cusack plays a Yankee writer visiting New Orleans who suddenly finds himself smack-dab in the middle of a murder investigation when a wealthy playboy (Kevin Spacey) is accused…

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Absolute Power

BBBB (out of 5) Solid thriller features director Clint Eastwood at the top of his form, a great follow-up to his equally excellent The Bridges of Madison County. He plays a veteran, semi-retired burglar who keeps up his thievery for exercise, and one night on the job witnesses a murder involving the president of the United States…

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