Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant tuna … More Serenity (2019)

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Quartet (2012)

BB.5 (out of 5) A retirement home for successful classical musicians is the setting for this comedy adapted from Ronald Harwood’s play, which also marks the directorial debut of actor Dustin Hoffman.  Maggie Smith plays a world-famous opera singer who has decided to enter her dotage, made worse when it turns out that her ex-husband (Tom … More Quartet (2012)

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Aeon Flux

BB.5 (out of 5) Visually impressive but narratively anaemic science-fiction film about a futuristic society populated by survivors of an apocalyptic virus that wiped out ninety percent of humanity. Those left alive since the deadly outbreak live in a walled city that is viciously lorded over with an iron fist by leaders who can make … More Aeon Flux

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The Sentinel

B (out of 5) Michael Douglas plays a veteran Secret Service agent who once took a bullet for President Reagan. Now in the employ of the current (fictitious) leader (David Rasche), he discovers a plot to kill the president that involves a mole from within his ranks. A lie detector test reveals that all agents come … More The Sentinel

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Deceived

BB.5 (out of 5) Goldie Hawn made a great decision in opting to momentarily leave her bubbly blonde persona behind and indulge in some Hitchcockian thrills for this murder mystery. Unfortunately, the film lets her down and is basically something Farrah Fawcett could have slept through on a Friday night network special. Hawn plays a successful … More Deceived

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Home For The Holidays

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jodie Foster makes her second film as director with this heartwarming but uneven family comedy/drama. Holly Hunter plays an art restorer who gets fired from her swanky California job and then has to spend Thanksgiving weekend in the Midwest being raked over hot coals by her family. Mom Anne Bancroft has never … More Home For The Holidays

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The Recruit

BB (out of 5) Thank God for Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman; where would sexy young protégés in need of mentors go if it were not for them? This time Pacino plays a CIA recruiter who spots Colin Farrell working behind a bar and immediately pegs him for CIA work: he has that … More The Recruit

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