Wildlife (2018)

PAUL DANO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  June Pictures, Nine Stories Productions, Sight Unseen Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, based on the book by Richard Ford.  Cinematography by Diego García.  Produced by Paul Dano, Andrew Duncan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Alex Saks.  Music by David Lang.  Production Design by Akin McKenzie.  Costume Design by…

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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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Vice (2018)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Adam McKay.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Will Ferrell, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, Kevin J. Messick, Brad Pitt.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin.  Golden Globe…

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Molly’s Game (2017)

AARON SORKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  China/USA, 2017.  STX Entertainment, Huayi Brothers Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Pascal Pictures, Entertainment One.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Molly Bloom.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Matt Jackson, Amy Pascal.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Alan Baumgarten, Elliot Graham, Josh…

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The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Ireland/USA, 2017.  Element Pictures, A24, Film4.  Screenplay by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou.  Cinematography by Thimios Bakatakis.  Produced by Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Lowe.  Music by Sarah Giles, Nick Payne.  Production Design by Jade Healy.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Independent Spirit Awards 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.   Colin Farrell…

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Gold

BB.5 (out of 5) With the recession of the early eighties driving his commodities business into the ground, Matthew McConaughey is looking for the redemption that will get him out of making calls from the bar where his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) slings drinks and back to the glory of the days when his father (Craig…

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Loving

BBBB (out of 5) Mildred Jeter (Ruth Negga) tells her boyfriend Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) that she’s pregnant; he is pleased with the news and immediately buys a plot, begins building a house in their rural Virginia community and, most important, asks her to marry him.  They are not together for long after their Washington, D.C. wedding before the…

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Jason Bourne

BBB (out of 5) It’s been a while since the world’s toughest amnesiac was on the big screen, and since the detour with his colleague didn’t set screens on fire with The Bourne Legacy, they’ve brought original star Matt Damon back in to revive the series.  After trusty sidekick Julia Stiles informs Bourne that a new, dirty training operation akin…

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Midnight Special

BB.5 (out of 5) Imagine if the character Michael Shannon played in Take Shelter got to write a movie and you have the results on display here. Shannon and buddy Joel Edgerton are on the run from the law after kidnapping a young boy (Jaeden Lieberher) from a religious cult that sees him and his gradually revealed…

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Black Mass

BB (out of 5) Combining a true-life crime figure who was larger than life with the tradition of charismatic mob dramas that have been coming from the Warner Bros logo for decades should have provided for another Long Good Friday, something residing comfortably between gritty drama and the sexy mythologizing that these films have been…

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)

BBBB (out of 5) Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu recovers from the bloated mess of Biutiful with a big movie in a small space, an eccentric and deliciously funny look at the mad world of live theatre.  Michael Keaton does a wryly charismatic riff on his own career as a has-been movie star whose success as a film…

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12 Years A Slave

BBBB (out of 5) A rarely told tale is that of Solomon Northup, a free musician from Saratoga who was hired by two men for a performance gig and then drugged and sold into captivity in the American south, his name changed and his identity wiped out to prevent him getting back to his own…

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