Interstellar (2014)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Lynda Obst Productions, Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund, Atvinnuvega- og nýsköpunarráðuneytið.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing…

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The Moderns

BB (out of 5) This meandering drama features characters who constantly threaten to be memorable but never quite manage it. Keith Carradine plays an American expatriate living as an artist in Paris who gets involved in a scam involving forged paintings. When he re-encounters an old flame (Linda Fiorentino), he is dismayed to find that she…

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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son,…

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The Night We Never Met

BB.5 (out of 5) Annabella Sciorra and Matthew Broderick timeshare an apartment with a soon to be married bachelor (Kevin Anderson).  She is unhappily married and uses her two days a week in the apartment to catch up on her personal artistic pursuits, and when the other two guys switch arranged days without telling her, she thinks Broderick…

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Fair Game (2010)

BBBB (out of 5) Riveting true story of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative whose cover was blown by the Bush administration in an effort to further their cause to invade Iraq.  Naomi Watts is compelling as Plame, a woman whose work in the field is key in sending back information as to the nature of the…

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Last Summer In The Hamptons

BBBB.5 (out of 5) I love this carefree, intelligently written and directed film by independent filmmaker Henry Jaglom. A Hollywood actress (Victoria Foyt, Jaglom’s real-life wife and co-writer of the screenplay) has just finished making a blockbuster film playing a superhero and now has come to a tiny theatre community in the Hamptons to workshop…

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In Her Shoes

BBBB (out of 5) Toni Collette is a successful lawyer whose orderly life is periodically disrupted by her aimless but highly glamorous, boy-crazy sister (Cameron Diaz) in this absorbing film by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys). When the two of them have a serious rift over an unfortunate mistake, Diaz hikes her ass to…

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Vanya On 42nd Street

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A very simple concept makes for the most compelling viewing. Louis Malle stages and directs a filmed dress rehearsal of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in an abandoned Manhattan theatre. Julianne Moore stars in this adaptation , which strips the original material down to its bare minimum and presents it as a naked, powerfully modern…

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Random Hearts

BB.5 (out of 5) Valiant but unfortunately disastrous effort to bring out the more serious side of Harrison Ford, with director Sydney Pollack also trying to recapture the mellow romanticism of his stunning Out of Africa with minimal results. Ford’s wife dies in a tragic plane accident, the aftermath revealing that the man she was…

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The Silence of the Lambs

BBBBB (out of 5) Thomas Harris’s second novel involving the terrifying Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter becomes one of the greatest thriller-horror films of all time. Jodie Foster is riveting as Clarice Sterling, an FBI agent in training whose aspirations to become a part of the Behavioural Sciences program come true quicker than she had originally hoped….

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The Man Who Wasn’t There

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Brilliant Coen brothers film about a placid barber (Billy Bob Thornton) who tries to arrange a simple scam to get himself out of the boredom of his life. When a colourful entrepreneur comes to his small California town with the idea to start up a new retail scheme in something called…

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Chacun Son Cinema, ou Ce Petit Coup Au Coeur Quand La Lumiere S’Eteint et Que Le Film Commence (To Each His Own Cinema) (2007)

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France, 2007.  Directed by Theodoros Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August, Jane Campion, Youssef Chahine, Chen Kaige, Michael Cimino, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Manoel de Oliveira, Raymond Depardon, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Aki Kaurismaki, Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Claude Lelouch, Ken…

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