Waitress

BBB (out of 5) The real-life tragedy of actress-writer-director Adrienne Shelly‘s murder most certainly was responsible for most of the attention that this film has received since its Sundance premiere, but don’t dismiss it on publicity alone; it’s a sweet and affecting little tale of its lead heroine’s personal awakening. Keri Russell is unconvincing but…

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Bruce Almighty

BB (out of 5) Jim Carrey continues to go the family-friendly (aka most financially lucrative) route with his latest comedy, and the results are hardly worthy of Liar Liar or The Grinch. He plays a down-on-his-luck reporter who loses his livelihood and his love on the same day and throws his anger at the man upstairs….

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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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The Punisher

BBBB (out of 5) Extremely entertaining action film that is also a very satisfying revenge story (ahem, not that I believe in revenge, but let’s face it, in movies it’s fun).  Thomas Jane is appropriately Neanderthal as a super-trained, living and breathing Delta Force GI Joe figurine whose family is taken out by a crime lord…

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Schizopolis (1996)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  .406 Production, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Steven Soderbergh.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by John Hardy.  Music by Cliff Martinez, Jeff Rona, Steven Soderbergh.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Enjoyable if challenging experimental film by prolific filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, who here takes an odd turn by playing the lead…

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The Informant! (2009)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Participant Media, Groundswell Productions, Section Eight, Jaffe / Braunstein Enterprise.  Screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Howard Braunstein, Kurt Eichenwald, Jennifer Fox, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Jaffe.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Doug J. Meerdink.  Costume Design by Shoshana Rubin.  Film Editing…

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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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Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, WV Films III.  Screenplay by George Nolfi, 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 Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   After…

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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, WV Films II, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission.  Screenplay by Ted Griffin, based on the 1960 film, story by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell, Screenplay by Harry Brown, Charles Lederer.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by…

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