The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, segment All Gold Canyon based on a story by Jack London, segment The Gal Who Got Rattled inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,…

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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…

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Proof (2005)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2005.  Miramax, Endgame Entertainment, Hart-Sharp Entertainment, Inside Track 1.  Screenplay by David Auburn, Rebecca Miller, based on the play by David Auburn.  Cinematography by Alwin H. Kuchler.  Produced by Robert Kessel, Alison Owen,Jeffrey Sharp.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Alice Normington.  Costume Design by Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.  Golden Globe Awards 2005.  Toronto…

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Derailed

BB.5 (out of 5) As fun as it is to see Jennifer Aniston in a sexy, serious role, it’s just about the only thing that isn’t fully predictable about Derailed.  Clive Owen plays a happy family man who is helped out of an embarrassing situation on his morning ride to work by a gorgeous stranger (Aniston), then…

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Stranger Than Fiction

BBB (out of 5) A tax auditor for the IRS (Will Ferrell) lives a carefully plotted, monotonous life until the day he is brushing his teeth (with the requisite number of brush strokes) and starts to hear a female voice narrating his life. Schizophrenia is a possibility, except that the voice isn’t speaking to him,…

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The Amityville Horror (2005)

BB (out of 5) Family man Ryan Reynolds moves wife Melissa George and three stepkids into a giant mansion on Long Island that is only affordable to them because, a year earlier, the entire family that lived there was murdered by their psychotic son. Not long after moving in and things start bumping around in the…

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Flags Of Our Fathers

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood gives the dramatic depth to a World War II movie that was missing from Saving Private Ryan and the Band Of Brothers series to this heartfelt film that captures the experience of American soldiers in the battle of Iwo Jima. More specifically it centres around the now famous photograph…

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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

BB.5 (out of 5) More junk madness as the famous eighties toys return for their second sequel to the 2007 hit film. Michael Bay is once again at the helm of a loud, tasteless and incomprehensible mess as the Autobots and Decepticons go head to head in yet another battle for the future of planet…

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The Company

BB (out of 5) Robert Altman once again takes fictional characters into a factual situation in this latest film centering around the world of ballet, using Chicago’s famous Joffrey Studio as its backdrop. Neve Campbell (also co-producer) stars as an aspiring dancer and Malcolm McDowell as the group’s slightly batty leader in a ragged scenario…

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