A Most Violent Year

BBBBB (out of 5) New York City:  if you can make it there you can make it anywhere, and if you can get through 1981 when the rates of crime were at their highest ever in history, you’ve probably got an angel on your shoulder.  The darkness of the city’s corruption enfolds aspiring business tycoon … More A Most Violent Year

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Fading Gigolo

B.5 (out of 5) Packing up the last inventory while closing his book store, impending retiree Woody Allen tells friend and sometimes assistant John Turturro that he has stumbled upon a terrific proposition for him: his gorgeous dermatologist (Sharon Stone) wants to do a threesome with her best friend (Sofía Vergara) and is willing to pay … More Fading Gigolo

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Ghostbusters II

BBB (out of 5) Tepid sequel finds the gang of Ghostbusters living on skid row now that the city is cleaned of all its paranormal activity and they’ve become a big joke. Working birthday parties to stay afloat while fighting a court case that threatens to bankrupt them, the boys suddenly spring back into action … More Ghostbusters II

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Ishtar

B (out of 5) Those expecting this movie to have unfairly garnered its reputation should be warned: it truly is as bad as you’ve heard, if not worse. Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty play broke, desperate songwriters who accept a gig in Morocco because they need the cash. On the way there a chance encounter with a … More Ishtar

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Nine 1/2 Weeks (9 1/2 Weeks) (1986)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1986.  Producers Sales Organization, Jonesfilm, Galactic Films, Triple Ajaxxx.  Screenplay by Sarah Kernochan, Zalman King, Patricia Louisianna Knop, based on the novel by Elizabeth McNeill.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Mark Damon, Sidney Kimmel, Zalman King, Antony Rufus-Isaacs.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Ken Davis.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by … More Nine 1/2 Weeks (9 1/2 Weeks) (1986)

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