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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Super Dark Times (2017)

KEVIN PHILLIPS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Higher Content, Lila 9th Productions, Neighborhood Watch, Om Films, Ways & Means.  Screenplay by Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski.  Cinematography by Eli Born.  Produced by Edward Parks, Richard Peete, Jett Steiger.  Music by Ben Frost.  Production Design by Jasmine Ballou Jones.  Costume Design by Stephani Lewis.  Film Editing by Ed Yonaitis.  Independent Spirit Awards 2017. Atmospheric and…

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Wiener-Dog

BB.5 (out of 5) Todd Solondz once again takes a central character on a stroll through a set of discrete narratives, but this time instead of the young woman of constantly shifting identity (Palindromes), the narrative through-line is the titular canine.  This sweet-faced, companionable pup finds his way into the lives of a number of troubled and conflicted…

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Love Is Strange

BB (out of 5) After thirty-nine years together, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina decide to enjoy the newly legalized option of same-sex marriage, much to the joy and happiness of their family and friends.  Immediately following their nuptials, their lives come crashing down when Molina loses his job as a music teacher at a Catholic school…

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I Am Legend

BBB (out of 5) It has been three years since the entire world’s population of humans was virtually wiped out by a deadly virus, leaving immune scientist and soldier Will Smith alone on the giant island of Manhattan. He spends his days with his faithful dog wandering the abandoned city, protecting himself from the zombie humans…

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Blue Jasmine (2013)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Academy Awards 2013.  Golden Globe Awards 2013.   Gotham Awards 2013 Cate Blanchett leaves New York and heads to San Francisco, formerly a super rich…

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Frankenweenie

BBBB (out of 5) Tim Burton expands his inaugural short film into a delightful, charcoal-hued animated feature. A creative little boy with a desire to excel in science is something of a nuisance to his parents, who have grown tired of their kitchen appliances being destroyed in his experiments. Inspired by a new substitute teacher…

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