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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Men In Black

BBB.5 (out of 5) Illegal aliens are living in the United States, but not the kind you’d assume. Will Smith is recruited by top-secret agency official Tommy Lee Jones to help rid the country of extra-terrestrials who are in the US without permission, and thanks to an arsenal of high-tech gadgetry at their disposal they…

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Mrs. Doubtfire

BBB.5 (out of 5) After a bitter custody battle with ex-wife Sally Field, Robin Williams is so scared of losing time with his three children that he decides to thwart her plan to hire a housekeeper to keep guard of them during the hours that she works.  He answers Field’s ad for a daytime housekeeper and dresses…

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Taking Woodstock

BB.5 (out of 5) We’ve all heard about the eternally famous, historically canonized concert(s) that took place in upstate New York in the summer of 1969, but did you know that it wasn’t actually an inevitability to begin with? Ang Lee dramatizes the events leading up to the now-legendary music festival that almost didn’t happen,…

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Up Close & Personal

BBBB (out of 5) When Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne sold their script of Up Close And Personal, based on a biography of the late Jessica Savitch called Golden Girl, to Walt Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, they had no idea that they were in for seven years of script development hell. Savitch, an ambitious reporter…

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