Gone Girl

BBBB (out of 5) Ben Affleck comes home to find his wife missing and his furniture destroyed, immediately assuming she has been kidnapped and/or murdered.  He brings in the police and they start to investigate, but it is not long before local gossip and media frenzy hikes up the case to a nationwide bonanza of opportunism: … More Gone Girl

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Full Frontal (2002)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2002.  Miramax, Monophonic Inc., Populist Pictures, Propaganda Films, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Coleman Hough.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Gregory Jacobs, Scott Kramer.  Music by Jacques Davidovici.  Costume Design by Shosahan Rubin.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.   A group of characters spend their day in various complications until they are all (or most of … More Full Frontal (2002)

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Alien 3

BB (out of 5) The much anticipated follow-up to the outstanding success of Aliens turned out to be a debacle before it was even shot, marred by changes in the crew (Vincent Ward replaced by David Fincher), a number of rewrites and reshoots before, during and after production, a delayed release that saw anticipation intensify … More Alien 3

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Seven

BB.5 (out of 5) Skillful editing and a decidedly menacing tone are to be commended in this serial-killer thriller, but the film also has the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are on the trail of a madman who is killing people whom he feels have committed the Bible’s seven deadly sins (greed, … More Seven

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The Game

BBBBB (out of 5) David Fincher’s exquisite mindgame is a fascinating film with no end of surprises. Michael Douglas plays a wealthy man for whom nothing new can be bought, until his errant little brother (Sean Penn) comes up with something: he signs Douglas up for a “game”, a manhunt in which you are become the … More The Game

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Fight Club

BBBB (out of 5) Edward Norton overindulges himself in the consumerism of 1990s corporate America and finds himself joining a savage, underground boxing club to let it all go and return to nature’s way of doing things. His new best friend (Brad Pitt) introduces him to this clever little world and orchestrates his rise to power … More Fight Club

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Panic Room

BBBB (out of 5) Fans who were disappointed by the filmed adaptation of the novel Sliver will find much recompense in this taut Ira Levinesque thriller. Jodie Foster (at her most assured and compelling) plays a newly divorced mother (to Kristen Stewart) who buys a new Manhattan home based on its spacious rooms, many floors … More Panic Room

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