The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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Sisters (2015)

JASON MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Little Stranger.  Screenplay by Paula Pell.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Tina Fey, John S. Lyons, Jay Roach.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Lee Haxall.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reteam after the misfire of Baby Mama for another comedy contrivance that, while…

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The Humbling

BB (out of 5) An aging actor (Al Pacino) struggling to keep control over his work and his life loses the will to go on and throws himself off a stage midway through a Broadway performance of As You Like It. He checks himself into a clinic before being released and sent home to his…

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The Lost Boys

BB (out of 5) Hilariously bad horror movie, though not without some camp appeal for the young teenage boys it seems to speak out to. Working like some sort of bloodsucking Peter Pan story, it tells of two boys, a teenager (Jason Patric) and his little brother (Corey Haim) who move to California with their…

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Robots

BBB (out of 5) In a world where mechanized robots are living creatures with hearts and souls, young Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) dreams of making it as an inventor. Growing up in a small town and watching his favourite industrialist Bigweld (Mel Brooks) on TV, an ambitious Rodney travels to Robot City where he intends…

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The Horse Whisperer

BBBBB (out of 5) Absorbing, superior adaptation of Nicholas Evans’ novel features Kristin Scott Thomas in top form as a frightened mother who is losing her daughter (Scarlett Johansson) to grief following a tragic accident that claims the life of the daughter’s best friend. Scott Thomas decides to take her daughter’s horse, injured severely in the…

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The Associate

BBB (out of 5) Whoopi Goldberg is her usual winning self as a frustrated financial stock broker who decides to start her own company after realizing she has hit the glass ceiling in her sexist workplace. As a front for her new business, she invents a mythical old white man who really runs the joint,…

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I Am Sam

BBB (out of 5) Sean Penn plays a mentally challenged Starbucks employee who winds up with a baby daughter and has to take care of her. When the child reaches the age of seven, Penn finds himself in a courtroom defending his right to raise the girl even though he is of relatively equal mental…

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Rabbit Hole

BBBB (out of 5) This delicately beautiful film begins with married couple Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart bereaved by a personal loss and seeking comfort in group therapy. Their tragedy, it turns out, is the death of their son, and their diverging ways of dealing with his absence is threatening to tear them apart. Eckhart feels that…

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Merci Dr Rey! (Merci Docteur Rey)

BBBB (out of 5) Despite the fact that his mother is the most famous opera diva in the entire world, young Thomas (Stanislas Merhar) has been avoiding telling her that his girlfriend is a fiction and he’s actually gay. One night after another one of their feisty arguments, Merhar answers a personal phone ad to…

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Synecdoche, New York

BB (out of 5) Charlie Kaufman decides to forgo the intelligent interpretations of his zany scribblings by the likes of Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze and here directs for the first time. Oddly enough, the film looks and feels exactly the way it would if it were directed by the likes of Michel Gondry or…

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Dan In Real Life

BBB (out of 5) Steve Carell‘s life is in upheaval: his three girls are growing up and rebelling against his desire to keep them young and free from harm, while his love life is non-existent since his wife died some years earlier. His career looks to be going upwards, however, as the family-advice column he…

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