Go For Sisters (2013)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2013.  Anarchist’s Convention Films, Olmos Productions, Go For Films.   Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Kat Westergaard.  Produced by Peter Bobrow, Edward James Olmos, Alejandro Springall.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mara A. Spear.  Costume Design by Dana R. Woods.  Film Editing by John Sayles. John Sayles is in top form…

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Secret In Their Eyes (2015)

BILLY RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Spain/South Korea, 2015.  IM Global, STX Entertainment, Route One Entertainment, Union Investment Partners, Gran Via Productions, SITE Productions, Willies Movies, Ingenious Media.  Screenplay by Billy Ray, based on the film El Secreto De Sus Ojos by Juan Jose Campanella, Eduardo Sacheri.  Cinematography by Daniel Moder.  Produced by Matt Jackson, Mark Johnson.  Music by…

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Noah (2014)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures, Disruption Entertainment, FortyFour Studios.  Screenplay by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.   The Bible gets the Dark Knight treatment…

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Hudson Hawk

BB (out of 5) You’re better off watching a spoof of action movies like Hot Shots than watching a lame action film that tries to be funny and never succeeds. Bruce Willis plays an ex-con who has just been released from prison after ten years and intends to live a totally clean, straightforward life. His…

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The Relic (1997)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany/Japan/New Zealand, 1997.  British Broadcasting Corporation, Cloud Nine Entertainment, Marubeni, Mutual Film Company, Pacific Western, Paramount Pictures, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Tele Munchen Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Amy Holden Jones, John Raffo, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, based on the novel Relic by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child.  Cinematography by Peter…

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Die Hard 2

BBBB (out of 5) Endlessly fun sequel to John McTiernan’s genre-breaking action film, with Bruce Willis once again playing the wisecracking super cop who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. This time it’s Dulles airport in Washington, where his wife’s plane is overhead trying to land (fuel tank is running low too) but…

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Life (1999)

BB.5 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence play two bootleggers who stumble across a dead body in a barn one fine evening and end up being convicted of the victim’s murder. Now in prison, they have to spend a lifetime working on a chain gang while also trying to avoid the love-hate relationship between them…

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Casualties Of War

BB (out of 5) Based on a factual event reported by Daniel Lang in the New Yorker in 1969, this middling war film stars Michael J. Fox as a recruit newly arrived to Vietnam. Sent on a long range patrol with loose-cannon, fast-talking Sean Penn, Fox is horrified when he hears that Penn plans to…

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The Untouchables

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This adaptation of the Elliot Ness co-authored novel (the inspiration for a popular television series of the sixties) is a taut and exciting thriller in the best sense of the genre. Kevin Costner plays straight-arrow Ness, the federal agent who has made it his personal mission to bring down the gangland antics…

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Eight Men Out

BBBB (out of 5) John Sayles’ brilliant exposé of a very dark time in the business of baseball. Post-World War I players of the Chicago White Sox are fed up with their owner’s skinflinting on their salaries (instead of giving them a promised bonus after winning a game, they’re handed flat bottles of champagne). When…

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The Thin Red Line

BBBB (out of 5) Poetic, haunting war movie by Terrence Malick (returning to the screen after twenty years) makes a perfect companion piece to Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan: whatever you don’t like about one you’ll love in the other and vice versa. Jim Caviezel ably leads a huge cast as a meditative, melancholy soldier who, while…

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Last Dance

BB (out of 5) If this film were equal to Sharon Stone‘s performance in the lead, it would be so much more than a bad ripoff of Tim Robbin’s highly superior Dead Man Walking.  Rob Morrow plays an earnest lawyer who tries to commute the death row sentence of a prisoner (Stone) accused of murder, the abolishing…

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