Leave No Trace (2018)

DEBRA GRANIK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/Canada, 2018.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Harrison Productions, Topic Studios.  Screenplay by Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, based on the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock.  Cinematography by Michael McDonough.  Produced by Anne Harrison, Linda Reisman, Anne Rosellini.  Music by Dickon Hinchliffe.  Production Design by Chad Keith.  Costume Design by Erin Alridge Orr.  Film…

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A Very Sordid Wedding (2017)

DEL SHORES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Beard Collins Shores Productions, Buffalo Gal Pictures.  Screenplay by Del Shores.  Cinematography by Paul Suderman.  Produced by Emerson Collins, Del Shores.  Music by Joe Patrick Ward.  Production Design by Chad Giesbrecht.  Costume Design by Sandra Soke.  Film Editing by Donna Mathewson.   Del Shores has been treating audiences to the lives and loves of his quirky,…

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Hell Or High Water

BBBB (out of 5) Two brothers rob a series of banks in quick succession, taking small bills from the front desks of small, poorly guarded branches in dusty Texan towns to avoid stealing traceable money and pulling off their heists with very few problems (at least at first).  They spark the interest of a sheriff about…

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C.O.G.

BB (out of 5) Jonathan Groff plays a Yale student who decides to take time off from the fine life, running away from his family to Oregon where he and his best friend plan to work an apple orchard.  She changes her mind at the last minute and takes off with her new boyfriend, leaving him…

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A Perfect Getaway

BBB (out of 5) It’s not a good sign when, five minutes into a thriller, you find yourself hoping that the protagonist couple will meet with a bad end so that you won’t have to put up with them any longer. Such is the sentiment inspired by the characters played by Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich,…

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The Pledge

BB.5 (out of 5) Jack Nicholson plays a retiring police officer whose small town is shocked by the rape and murder of a little girl on the night of his retirement party. Deciding to go in for just one more case, he meets the parents of the victim and vows to her heartbroken mother (Patricia Clarkson)…

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Domino

BB (out of 5) Keira Knightley gets tough in this biopic of Hollywood progeny-gone-bad Domino Harvey, daughter of British movie star Laurence Harvey. After losing her father at a young age, Domino’s mother (Jacqueline Bisset) moves them to Beverly Hills where she marries well and raises her daughter in the ‘90210′ crowd (actually the movie plays…

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Winter’s Bone

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Jennifer Lawrence is excellent in this deeply felt drama about a teenager living in the Ozarks with her invalid mother and two younger siblings. She is informed that her drug-dealing, on-the-lam father has put their home on the line as payment for his bail bond and needs to show up for his…

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The Guilt Trip

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s difficult enough to get your entrepreneurial business of the ground without having to also accommodate your loud and overbearing mother, but that is where we find Seth Rogen at the beginning of this pleasant comedy. Rogen has invented a bio-friendly cleaning product so safe you can drink it, and is having…

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Changeling

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood goes the tearjerker route with this surprisingly effective melodrama based on a true story. If for no other reason, he gets major points for not putting “Based On A True Story” before the opening credits and, as so many films before have done, demanding a level of respect (and…

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Iron Man 3

BB.5 (out of 5) Once again donning his metallic armor to fight against evil and, once again, doing it with his insouciant personality well intact.  Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., who can do this in his sleep by now and, here, appears to be doing just that) has been working on his toys in the…

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Super 8

BBB (out of 5) A group of pre-teens in 1979 small town Ohio are busy making a zombie movie at a train station, but their playful fun turns dangerous when they witness a terrible accident involving a freight train (and, if these visual effects are to be believed, they possess some incredibly good luck in…

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