The Land of Steady Habits (2018)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Likely Story.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, based on the novel by Ted Thompson.  Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Dina Goldman.  Costume Design by Alex Bovaird.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Ben Mendelsohn is enjoying life in early retirement,…

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The Business Of Strangers

BBBB (out of 5) This excellent film is the cinematic equivalent of Madonna’s hit song “What It Feels Like For A Girl”. Tough-as-nails software executive Stockard Channing has just fired her new assistant (Julia Stiles) after the young woman arrived too late at an important sales pitch. Realizing she was too harsh, she decides to make…

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Broadway Damage

BB (out of 5) Syrupy comedy-romance that is never funny or romantic enough to be tolerable.  Cynthia (Mara Hobel), a social-climbing dreamer, and her best friend Marc (Michaël Lucas) move into a new apartment, looking for love and success while trying to pay the rent. Cynthia keeps trying to call Tina Brown’s office and get…

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Camp

BB.5 (out of 5) The hilarious adventures of teenagers at a musical camp are the subject of this enjoyable film, one which will have limited appeal only to those who like musicals. The kids are an assortment of unhappy misfits who have found the one place in the world where they really fit in. Gay…

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Dark Matter

BBB (out of 5) Tragic true story about a transfer student from China (Ye Liu) who comes to study cosmology at Valley State University under the guidance of his mentor, played by Aidan Quinn.  Liu dreams of winning the Nobel Prize, and works endless hours for his beloved professor while enjoying the welcome wagon provided…

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A Prairie Home Companion

BBB (out of 5) Garrison Keillor‘s popular radio variety show has been transferred to the screen in this fictionalized account of the program’s final broadcast. Keillor appears as himself, hosting the fun while musical performers played by the likes of Meryl Streep and Woody Harrelson work out their personal lives between lovely performances of some…

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