Manchester By The Sea

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A Boston janitor (Casey Affleck) works for demanding tenants all day and drinks alone in his miserable basement apartment at night, except for the evenings he spends picking fights in bars to release his pent-up aggression.  He heads back to his home town when he gets the news that his brother (Kyle…

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The Finest Hours (2016)

CRAIG GILLESPIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2016.  Walt Disney Pictures, Whitaker Entertainment.  Screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, based on the book by Casey Sherman, Michael J. Tougias.  Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe.  Produced by Dorothy Aufiero, James Whitaker.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Tatiana S. Riegel. The true…

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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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American Pie

BBB.5 (out of 5) Four teenagers make a pact that they will get laid in their last year of high school before heading off to college. The ridiculous situations they find themselves in, including a practice session with the titular food, make up the bulk of this crass, irreverent, sometimes sweet but mostly hilarious comedy that…

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Chasing Amy

BBB (out of 5) Kevin Smith’s modern character piece is a feast for those who love great relationship studies. Ben Affleck plays a comic book artist who finds himself thrown into the deep end when he falls in love with a lesbian (Joey Lauren Adams) who also does the same work. She eventually finds a…

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American Pie 2

B (out of 5) While the charm and appeal of the original is debatable (some find it brilliant, others too crass), there’s no denying the failure of its sequel to appease. Regardless of the nature of the humour in American Pie, it did have a level of spontaneity that is sorely missing here, instead replaced…

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Drowning Mona

B (out of 5) Very unfunny comedy about the murder of a woman whom everybody in the town has completely hated for years. Bette Midler as the foul-mouthed victim of the crime is excellent, Nick Gomez’ direction is really not. Code Entertainment, Jersey Shore, Marigold Productions Inc., Neverland Films USA, 2000 Directed by Nick Gomez Screenplay…

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200 Cigarettes

BBB (out of 5) Charming, breezy movie about a group of youngsters trying to find a party in downtown Manhattan on New Year’s Eve in the 80s. Paul Rudd and Courtney Love are two best friends recently broken up from their lovers who find themselves discovering each other on the way to the fete; Jay Mohr and…

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Desert Blue

BBB (out of 5) A small town in the middle of the desert is quarantined when a local cola company has a possible chemical leak.  Kate Hudson  (in her film debut) and John Heard are city slickers just travelling through when they suddenly find they’re not allowed to leave because police forces have surrounded the entire town….

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The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The best way to perk up the sagging spirits of Americans embroiled in a flailing war and waning economy: take a look back at one of the most potent myths to ever make the USA’s tough and noble self-image what it is today.  What a relief to discover that the film…

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Gerry

BBB (out of 5) Two average guys (provided you think that white, inarticulate twenty-something guys are average, which is another reason to be disappointed in Gus Van Sant these days) take a long car ride to the desert and go on a hiking trip with no gear, food, or water. Intending to only spend a…

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Good Will Hunting

BBBB (out of 5) Matt Damon plays a math genius who is hiding his light under a bushel by working odd jobs as a construction worker and janitor. Best friend Ben Affleck stands by him but hopes one day his friend will go off in the direction that waits for him, psychiatrist Robin Williams tries to open…

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