A Quiet Place (2018)

JOHN KRASINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Platinum Dunes, Sunday Night.  Story by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, Screenplay by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen. Academy Awards 2018.   Golden Globe … More A Quiet Place (2018)

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Joy

BBB (out of 5) Joy is at a point in her life where everyone is wearing her out: her mother (Virginia Madsen) watches soap operas all day and lives in a dream world, her ex-husband (Edgar Ramirez) is living in the basement, her father (Robert De Niro) has been dumped by his girlfriend and needs … More Joy

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The Drop

BBBB (out of 5) James Gandolfini‘s Brooklyn bar is a quiet, out of the way joint that was purchased from him by Chechen mobsters who now use it as a central station for payment drops.  Gandolfini still runs the place, assisted by his quiet, unassuming cousin (Tom Hardy) who sees everything and says nothing.  Two … More The Drop

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Chinese Box

BBB.5 (out of 5) Touching romantic triangle set against the backdrop of an ever-changing Hong Kong preparing for the Communist takeover. Jeremy Irons gives a brilliantly understated performance as a dying journalist who hasn’t gotten over his love for the beautiful Li Gong.  Maggie Cheung is also marvelous as a street hustler with whom Irons finds himself … More Chinese Box

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Barcelona

BB.5 (out of 5) Whit Stillman’s endless array of convoluted conversations make their way back to the big screen with amiable results. The main plot is of two cousins, a sales representative for an American company in Barcelona and his visiting naval officer cousin, who make their rounds of the dating circuit while casually discussing … More Barcelona

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Metropolitan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Whit Stillman took the art house by storm with this witty and intelligent social drama. It takes place in the world of New York debutantes of the 1970s (though attempts at period authenticity are lax), with a group of socialites gossiping about each other for two hours. The protagonist of the … More Metropolitan

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The Village

B (out of 5) This chapter in M. Night Shyamalan’s trove of scary tales is one of the most pretentiously idiotic pieces of tripe that you’ll ever see. It takes place in the 1890s, with citizens of a tiny village living in peaceful idyll away from the cares of the bustling towns near them. Surrounding … More The Village

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