Drop Dead Gorgeous

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hysterical black comedy about a beauty contest in a tiny town in Minnesota, where murdering fellow contestants is no big deal for ambitious wannabe crown-wearers. Told in mock-documentary style, the film features brilliant performances from Ellen Barkin and Kirsten Dunst as trailer-park-dwelling mother and daughter who support each other through the ordeal of…

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Someone Like You…

BBB (out of 5) Ashley Judd plays an assistant to a go-getter television host (Ellen Barkin) who falls in love with a new co-worker (Greg Kinnear) and embarks upon the best relationship of her life. After selling her apartment to move in with him, she discovers that it’s all over and the only place she…

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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

0 (out of 5) Painfully unwatchable film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel stars a very funny Johnny Depp in the lead role as Thompson’s alter ego. Benicio Del Toro comes along for the drug-induced ride as Depp’s lawyer when the two of them decide to go to Las Vegas and do a report on a motorcycle…

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Diner

BBBB (out of 5) Keenly observed multi-character study about a group of friends in the late 1950s who are trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. Steve Guttenberg is getting married but won’t go through with the wedding until his fiance passes his football exam, Daniel Stern is married to…

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Trust The Man

BB (out of 5) The ups and downs of two couples are examined in this romantic comedy, with director Bart Freundlich taking a stab at Woody Allen’s territory. David Duchovny has quit his job in advertising to be a househusband while his wife (Julianne Moore) continues her successful career as an actress. Her brother and…

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Down By Law

BBBB.5 (out of 5) John Lurie plays a New Orleans pimp who is set up by a rival and thrown in jail for something he didn’t do. Tom Waits is an unemployed disc jockey who is pulled aside for drunk driving and his car is found to possess a dead body that he didn’t put there….

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BBB.5 (out of 5) Ellen Barkin‘s hysterical performance is the main reason to watch this one-joke comedy. One of Blake Edwards’ better films in a long time, it stars Perry King as a womanizing bachelor whose callous handling of his girlfriends finds him in a hot tub with all three at once:  a definite pleasure, you’d…

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This Boy’s Life

BBB (out of 5) Tobias Wolff’s autobiography is brought to the screen with grace and fine dramatic intensity. As a young man (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), Wolff has to watch as his loving mother (Ellen Barkin) nearly destroys the both of them by marrying a terrifyingly abusive man (Robert De Niro) whom she deems a good…

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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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Tender Mercies

BBBBB (out of 5) This is one of the very best films of the eighties. It stars an incredibly good Robert Duvall as an alcoholic country singer whose glory days are far behind him. He befriends a widow (Tess Harper) and her young son and good things start to happen when two separate groups unite and…

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Palindromes

BBB.5 (out of 5) A twelve year-old girl announces that the thing she wants most in life is to have a baby. Immediately getting herself pregnant with the first willing boy, her mother (Ellen Barkin in her best performance in years) forces her to get an abortion which then prompts the young woman to run…

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