Nightcrawler (2014)

DAN GILROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2014.  Bold Films, Nightcrawler.  Screenplay by Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Kevin Kavanaugh.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film Editing by John Gilroy.  Academy Awards 2014.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.  Gotham Awards 2014. Independent Spirit Awards 2014.   Toronto International … More Nightcrawler (2014)

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Stigmata

BB (out of 5) As with other ‘spiritual thrillers’ of its kind, this one treats religion like a carnival ride. Unwitting victim Patricia Arquette receives a mysterious South American necklace from her vacationing mother, and suddenly starts having attacks that resemble the Catholic affliction of Stigmata, where a spiritually conflicted person starts bleeding at the feet … More Stigmata

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Multiplicity

BB.5 (out of 5) Michael Keaton definitely deserves a much better film to house his four excellent performances in this silly What-If comedy. He plays an overworked contractor who can’t find enough time to juggle career and family, but when a doctor introduces him to the possibility of instant cloning he is all for it. Now there’s … More Multiplicity

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A League Of Their Own

BBBB (out of 5) With most able-bodied men off fighting in the trenches during World War II, professional baseball team owners turn to creating a women’s league in order to keep the game alive.  A documentary about the All Girl League that lasted into the fifties has been turned by Penny Marshall into a very entertaining comedy … More A League Of Their Own

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Renaissance Man

B (out of 5) Dead Poets Society goes to the army when Danny DeVito loses his position at a swanky advertising firm and is forced to take a job teaching English at an army base. There he woos his students towards a love of literature by getting them excited about Shakespeare, but Penny Marshall’s incredibly inane … More Renaissance Man

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The Informant! (2009)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Participant Media, Groundswell Productions, Section Eight, Jaffe / Braunstein Enterprise.  Screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Howard Braunstein, Kurt Eichenwald, Jennifer Fox, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Jaffe.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Doug J. Meerdink.  Costume Design by Shoshana Rubin.  Film Editing … More The Informant! (2009)

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The Birdcage

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hysterical adaptation of the popular French comedy classic La Cage Aux Folles isn’t as well written as the original, but is still provides plenty of good laughs.  Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are a couple who are delighted when son Dan Futterman appears at their South Beach home for a visit, announcing that he is … More The Birdcage

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