Nancy (2018)

CHRISTINA CHOE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Mental Pictures, EON Productions, Gamechanger Films, XS Media.  Screenplay by Christina Choe.   Cinematography by Zoe White.  Produced by Michelle Cameron, Amy Lo, Andrea Riseborough.  Music by Peter Raeburn.  Production Design by Charlotte Royer.  Costume Design by Tere Duncan.  Film Editing by David Gutnik. Andrea Riseborough gives a committed performance as a thoroughly unappealing…

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Hereditary (2018)

ARI ASTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2018.  PalmStar Media.   Screenplay by Ari Aster.  Cinematography by Pawel Pogorzelski.  Produced by Kevin Scott Frakes, Lars Knudsen.  Music by Colin Stetson.  Production Design by Grace Yun.  Costume Design by Olga Mill.  Film Editing by Lucian Johnston, Jennifer Lame.  Toni Collette loses her mother at the beginning of this film, conflicted about her death…

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Captain Fantastic

BBB (out of 5) Viggo Mortensen is raising his children in the wilderness and giving them the skills that are lost in the mainstream world: they can hunt their own dinner and till their own soil, they possess masterful self-defense skills and are educated in all manner of subjects, having devoured a vast number of books that they can…

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Our Brand Is Crisis

BB.5 (out of 5) Sandra Bullock plays a political consultant who is hired to go to Bolivia and help presidential candidate Joaquim de Almeida get elected, learning once she arrives that her fierce nemesis (Billy Bob Thornton) has been hired by her boss’s rival. Bullock shows up in a bad mood and is immediately beset by altitude…

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St. Vincent

BBB (out of 5) The relationship between a young boy and a mean old man begins without much promise when an accident brings them together, a moving truck damaging the tree in Bill Murray‘s front yard as Melissa McCarthy and her little boy are attempting to move in next door.  He’s a filthy curmudgeon who drinks,…

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The Forgotten

BB (out of 5) Julianne Moore plays a devoted mother who is still grieving for the child she lost in an airplane accident years earlier. When she notices that her photographs no longer bear his face, and, even more horrible, her husband (Anthony Edwards) insists that they never had a child, she starts to wonder if…

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Lorenzo’s Oil

BBBB (out of 5) Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon play two real-life heroes, Augusto and Michaela Odone, two parents who found themselves with no place to turn when their son Lorenzo was diagnosed with a debilitating and eventually terminal genetic disease. Deciding that they were tired of the doctors around them who couldn’t give them any help,…

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The Notorious Bettie Page

BBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most curious careers to survive the collective memory of popular culture is that of Bettie Page, a Tennessee girl who shows up in New York in the late forties with dreams of making it as an actress. With her pretty face and fine figure, modelling is a great…

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Green Card (1990)

PETER WEIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia/France/USA, 1990.  Touchstone Pictures, Australian Film Finance Corporation.  Screenplay by Peter Weir.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Peter Weir.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Wendy Stites.  Costume Design by Jennifer Ingram, Roseann Milano, Ingrid Price.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards 1990.   This heartfelt romance comes across in so simple…

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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…

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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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