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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Coco (2017)

LEE UNKRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios.  Story by Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, Adrian Molina, Screenplay by Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich.  Cinematography by Matt Aspbury, Danielle Feinberg.  Produced by Darla K. Anderson.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Harley Jessup.  Film Editing by Steve Bloom, Lee Unkrich.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017. Pixar…

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2017.  16:14 Entertainment, Alcon Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Thunderbird Entertainment, Torridon Films, Warner Bros..  Story by Hampton Fancher, Screenplay by Hampton Fancher, Michael Green, based on characters from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Broderick Johnson,…

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The Green Hornet

BB.5 (out of 5) Seth Rogen attempts a different kind of superhero movie by injecting his loveable-loser brand of humour into the action genre, but with minimal results. Between his unintelligent script that trades mainly in blockheaded clichés, and the absent direction by Michel Gondry, the film is a tidy and bland tale of, what…

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The Disappearance Of Garcia Lorca (Death In Granada)

BB (out of 5) Years after his family fled war-torn Spain and relocated to Puerto Rico, a young man (Esai Morales) decides to travel back to the homeland to research a book he is writing about poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca (played in flashback by Andy Garcia). He arrives in Granada to find well-guarded…

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Alambrista!

BBB.5 (out of 5) Like millions before and after him, Roberto has decided to leave Mexico and look for work in America, his wife having just given birth and he needing to help make a better life for her. He enters the country illegally, barely surviving border patrol only to find himself in the same…

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My Family (Mi Familia)

BB.5 (out of 5) Multiple generations of a Latino-American family in California are narrated in this middling saga by Gregory Nava (El Norte). Edward James Olmos is the standout in the cast (and sadly the most underused) as a writer who tells us about his relatives, starting with his father who as a young man crossed the…

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Blade Runner

BBBBB (out of 5) Here it is, the Citizen Kane of science-fiction films (I think of 2001: A Space Odyssey as the Gone With The Wind of science-fiction films). Harrison Ford is appropriately dour as a private detective in Ridley Scott’s futuristic film noir, a determined professional who scours the restless, grimy city in search of replicants…

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The Road To El Dorado

BB.5 (out of 5) Uninspiring animated feature will distract the kids but doesn’t qualify among the greats. Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh, both doing excellent voice work, play a couple of con artists who journey down the Amazon in search of gold and riches. They find it, but it’s when they get their hands on…

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I’m Still Here

BB.5 (out of 5) Joaquin Phoenix announced to the press in 2009 that he was done with acting and would be transitioning to his new career as a rap artist. As revealed by this mockumentary by Casey Affleck, the entire operation, which included an infamous appearance on David Letterman’s show in which Phoenix was unresponsive and…

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