I Smile Back

BB (out of 5) Sarah Silverman tries to be a good wife to her successful husband (Josh Charles) but bad habits are hard to break. She can manage dropping her children off at school, but then it’s off to snort cocaine and have rough sex with her husband’s friend, then some drinking and a few more…

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Solitary Man

BBB (out of 5) Michael Douglas has seen better days in this sober comedy/drama; he was once a kingpin car dealer with a Midas-level touch and cash to burn. Now he has been destroyed by a fraud scandal, harassed by his doctors about his spotty health, and acting like a dirty old man chasing after every…

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Runner Runner

BB (out of 5) Sort of a Social Network for the intellectually dim, this mildly amusing B-movie stars Justin Timberlake as a Princeton masters student who tries to meet his enormous tuition requirements by directing fellow students to online gambling websites.  After trying to win his own tuition money by throwing all savings down on one…

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Runaway Jury

BBB (out of 5) Some enjoyment can definitely be had from this slick adaptation of John Grisham’s novel, another in a long line of film versions of the author’s best-selling thrillers. Never one to settle into any kind of repetitive formulas, it once again has the little guys going against the evil big guys in…

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The Illusionist

BBBB (out of 5) The son of a poor carpenter is taken from the arms of his childhood sweetheart, herself a Duchess and therefore too far above him, and deals with it by hitting the road and learning the art of illusion. He returns to Vienna a grown man (as Edward Norton) and performs such…

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Walking Tall

BB.5 (out of 5) Wrestler turned movie star The Rock (here billed under his pseudonym and not the “Dwayne Johnson” of later films) gets out of the army and goes back to his home town in search of his former life. What he finds is his sleepy community turned into a town of terrified people…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  …

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