Career Girls (1997)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Channel Four Films, Thin Man Films, Matrix Films, Channel 4 Television Corporation.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.   Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams.  Music by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Tony Remy.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Film Editing by Robin Sales. Mike Leigh scores a rare misfire with this drab story…

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Death Of A President

BB (out of 5) No end of controversy surrounded early screenings of this fictional documentary about the assassination of U.S. President George W. Bush, resulting in its not being given distribution in the United States despite being awarded the International Critics Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. The upside of this foray into artistic…

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Touching The Void

BBBB (out of 5) This heartstopping documentary recreates the now legendary harrowing adventure that two men experienced when they attempted to climb Siula Grande, an impressively tall mountain in Peru. As the two climbers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, tell their stories to the camera, two actors recreate the frightening events that took place after one of…

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The Saddest Music In The World

BBB.5 (out of 5) In Depression-era Winnipeg, the rich owner of a beer factory (Isabella Rossellini) devises a grand scheme to promote sales of her drink: she will hold an international contest where each country will present its folk music and her judgment will determine which nation has the saddest music in the world. First…

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Zero Patience

BBB.5 (out of 5) To hear someone say that they just saw a great musical comedy about AIDS might sound like the rock bottom of taste, but this adorable Canadian film is actually charming, enjoyable, and politically correct. Patient Zero is now a spirit wandering the baths of Toronto in search of some meaning to…

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The Panama Deception

BBBB (out of 5) Shocking expose by Barbara Trent about one of the most horrific cover-ups in recent history: America’s invasion of Panama, and the North American populace’s blissful ignorance of the real facts as smothered up by government-controlled media. Panama’s treaty with the United States, signed in the late seventies by Jimmy Carter, stated…

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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling Of A Serial Killer (1992)

NICK BROOMFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1992.  Channel 4 Television Corporation, Lafayette Films.  Screenplay by Nick Broomfield.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Nick Broomfield.  Music by David Bergeaud.  Film Editing by Richard M. Lewis, Rick Vick.   Nine years before the release of Monster, the film version of Aileen Wuornos’ story starring Charlize Theron in the lead role, documentary…

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