The Land of Steady Habits (2018)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Likely Story.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, based on the novel by Ted Thompson.  Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Dina Goldman.  Costume Design by Alex Bovaird.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Ben Mendelsohn is enjoying life in early retirement,…

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Spider-Man 3

BB.5 (out of 5) After the enjoyable opening and the superb second act, it’s a shame that the third installment of the popular franchise would land with such a thud. It’s the same issues all over again as Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is having trouble balancing his complicated personal life with his duties as the…

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The Silence of the Lambs

BBBBB (out of 5) Thomas Harris’s second novel involving the terrifying Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter becomes one of the greatest thriller-horror films of all time. Jodie Foster is riveting as Clarice Sterling, an FBI agent in training whose aspirations to become a part of the Behavioural Sciences program come true quicker than she had originally hoped….

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Stepmom

B (out of 5) Insulting, lowminded cheese from Chris Columbus about a broken family that gets put through the wringer when dad (Ed Harris) decides he’s going to marry his new girlfriend (Julia Roberts).  His ex-wife (Susan Sarandon) has something to say about this woman who will be her kids’ other mother, so for two…

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Rachel Getting Married

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A former fashion model and junkie (Anne Hathaway) is released from rehab in perfect time to attend her sister’s wedding in Connecticut. Upon arrival she is greeted with hesitation by her sibling (Rosemarie DeWitt) and stepmother (Anna Deavere Smith) but open, optimistic arms by her father (Bill Irwin). Over the course…

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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jonathan Demme once again adapts a popular 1960s movie for the modern age and this time does a much better job than his painful bastardization of Stanley Donen’s Charade (which was retitled The Truth About Charlie). Updated from the Korean war, where the original version had its plot based, this one…

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Philadelphia

BBB.5 (out of 5) A big-budget Hollywood film finally tackles the issue of AIDS for the first time; brave, yes, but it’s still just another Hollywood movie where gay men only hug so that we don’t get too uncomfortable.  Tom Hanks is excellent in an image-breaking role as a lawyer who is let go from his…

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