The Only Living Boy In New York (2017)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2017.  Amazon Studios, Bona Fide Productions, Big Indie Pictures.  Screenplay by Allan Loeb.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Michelle Matland, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Tim Streeto.  Callum Turner does his best with a wooden screenplay as a recent … More The Only Living Boy In New York (2017)

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Fences (2016)

DENZEL WASHINGTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Bron Studios, Escape Artists, MACRO, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by August Wilson, based on his play.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Todd Black, Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Hughes Winborne.  Academy Awards 2016.  Golden … More Fences (2016)

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Waiting To Exhale

BB (out of 5) This adaptation of Terry McMillan’s bestselling novel is about four women overcoming their relationship problems and understanding the strength of their friendship. The film version is hampered by Forest Whitaker’s incredibly lazy direction that seems to take all of its brilliant and beautiful leads (Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon, Loretta … More Waiting To Exhale

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A Civil Action

BBB (out of 5) True story of a small law firm that takes on a giant corporation when it is suspected that a tannery has been allowing contaminants into the drinking water of a small town. John Travolta and an excellent William H. Macy are among the good guys who are constantly forced to come up with … More A Civil Action

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Of Mice And Men (1992)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Faithful, literate adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel is passionately adapted to the screen by writer-director-star Gary Sinise, pre-Forrest Gump fame. He gives an excellent performance as George, a field hand who travels the country with his simple-minded, physically overbearing friend Lenny (John Malkovich) looking for work in whatever Depression-era field … More Of Mice And Men (1992)

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Doubt

BBBB (out of 5) Tradition clashes with modern thinking at a Catholic school run by nuns in 1960s New York City. Priest Philip Seymour Hoffman gives sermons that capture and stir the emotions of his parishioners with their tolerance for scepticism and fluidity in Catholic belief, raising a flag in the mind of the hard-edged, … More Doubt

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