Wildlife (2018)

PAUL DANO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  June Pictures, Nine Stories Productions, Sight Unseen Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, based on the book by Richard Ford.  Cinematography by Diego García.  Produced by Paul Dano, Andrew Duncan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Alex Saks.  Music by David Lang.  Production Design by Akin McKenzie.  Costume Design by…

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Arlington Road

BB (out of 5) Idiotic, arch thriller about a university professor (Jeff Bridges, giving a ridiculous performance) who begins to realize that his next-door neighbours (Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack) are actually terrorists intent on blowing up major city buildings in protest of whatever they’re pissed off about. Bridges, having lost his first wife in a…

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JFK

BBBB (out of 5) Oliver Stone’s three hour epic of grand political investigation (and paranoia) is a thrilling, fascinating recreation of the John F. Kennedy assassination that will entertain even the most incredulous of viewers. Kevin Costner plays Louisiana District Attorney Jim Garrison, who was so devastated by the murder of America’s seemingly untouchable president that…

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RoboCop

BBBBB (out of 5) This awesome science-fiction film is a standout from the already impressive list of great genre entries in the 1980s (The Terminator, 2010, Outland, etc.).  Peter Weller plays an honest cop who is shot nearly to death by a criminal gang and brought into the hospital full of bullet holes. The police department…

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A Perfect World

BB.5 (out of 5) Clint Eastwood directs and stars as a sheriff who is on the tail of an escaped murderer (Kevin Costner) after he has kidnapped a little boy and taken him on a crime spree across the country. Not one scene in this entire film is as short as it should be, some…

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Bottle Rocket

BBBB (out of 5) Relentlessly funny exercise in madcap brilliance that announced the arrival of director Wes Anderson and stars Luke and Owen Wilson, all of whom have made good on their promise since this winning debut. Anthony (Luke) checks himself out of a voluntary mental hospital after suffering a nervous collapse and is reunited with…

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