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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Lovely And Amazing

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Nicole Holofcener has fashioned a film that lives up to its title, one populated by complicated women who are notable female anti-heroes.  Brenda Blethyn is the mother of three daughters, two adults (Catherine Keener, Emily Mortimer) and one adopted ten year-old (Raven Goodwin in an excellent debut). As matriarch, Blethyn sets the pace…

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Seven

BB.5 (out of 5) Skillful editing and a decidedly menacing tone are to be commended in this serial-killer thriller, but the film also has the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are on the trail of a madman who is killing people whom he feels have committed the Bible’s seven deadly sins (greed,…

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Fight Club

BBBB (out of 5) Edward Norton overindulges himself in the consumerism of 1990s corporate America and finds himself joining a savage, underground boxing club to let it all go and return to nature’s way of doing things. His new best friend (Brad Pitt) introduces him to this clever little world and orchestrates his rise to power…

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