First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by…

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

BBB (out of 5) Tina Fey stars in and produces an adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir about working as a reporter in Afghanistan.  Selected as one of her network’s employees with neither spouse nor child and therefore have nothing to lose, Fey goes to Kabul in 2003 and is immediately plunged into a situation for which she…

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A Most Violent Year

BBBBB (out of 5) New York City:  if you can make it there you can make it anywhere, and if you can get through 1981 when the rates of crime were at their highest ever in history, you’ve probably got an angel on your shoulder.  The darkness of the city’s corruption enfolds aspiring business tycoon…

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Riveting, exceptional melodrama about a young woman surviving the effects of a cult-like commune in upstate New York. Elizabeth Olsen gives a superb performance as a young woman who runs away from her extended family and takes refuge with her bewildered sister (Sarah Paulson) to whom she hasn’t spoken in years. Staying…

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