Girlfriends

BBB.5 (out of 5) Melanie Mayron‘s starring debut was this low-key charmer that made impressive waves on the late seventies indie scene, including winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto film festival.  She and Anita Skinner play best friends and roommates, one an expressive, neurotic Jewish photographer and the other a contained, neurotic WASPy writer whose … More Girlfriends

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Inside Moves

BBBB (out of 5) John Savage attempts suicide by throwing himself off a building and miraculously survives, permanently disabled due to the injuries he sustains.  His rehab is followed by him discovering a bar frequented by other compromised souls, where David Morse, a once hopeful athlete whose basketball career was thwarted by a knee injury, serves … More Inside Moves

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Wise Blood (1979)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Anthea Film, Ithaca.  Screenplay by Benedict Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, based on the novel by Flannery O’Connor.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Kathy Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Sally Fitzgerald.  Costume Design by Sally Fitzgerald.  Film Editing by Roberto Silvi.   Brad Dourif is marvelous as an ambitious but not exactly sophisticated young man … More Wise Blood (1979)

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Crossing Delancey

BBBB (out of 5) Intimate little romance sparkles thanks to heartfelt performances by Peter Riegert and the always riveting Amy Irving. She plays a single New Yorker whose grandmother keeps bothering her to find a man to love, even going so far as to set her up with some random undesirables through a matchmaker. Irving insists on … More Crossing Delancey

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Miss Firecracker

BBBB (out of 5) Holly Hunter makes you care deeply about her success in a local beauty pageant when watching this adaptation of Beth Henley’s play, even if you’re someone for whom it does not rate high among human pursuits. Hunter plays a bored spinster who decides to enter the beauty contest that her cousin (Mary … More Miss Firecracker

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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son, … More The Namesake

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