Paterson (2016)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France/Germany, 2016.  K5 International, Amazon Studios, Inkjet Productions, Le Pacte, Animal Kingdom.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan.  Music by Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan, Squrl.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Catherine George.  Film Editing by Affonso Goncalves.  Cannes Film Festival 2016.  Gotham Awards 2016.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016.  … More Paterson (2016)

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Storytelling

BB (out of 5) Todd Solondz follows two exceptionally good features with a rare misfire, a dull and humourless examination of societal self-image split in two parts.  The first, “Fiction”, has college student Selma Blair attending a creative writing class with her boyfriend, witnessing his work savaged by students and teacher alike and having their relationship … More Storytelling

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Brothers

BB (out of 5) Remake of the Danish film by Susanne Bier is hampered by a dull script and painfully inappropriate casting. Siblings Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire are complete opposites in ways that do not harm their relationship but seem to be a problem for those around them. Soldier Maguire is studious and responsible while local … More Brothers

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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son, … More The Namesake

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Trapped

BB (out of 5) It’s Kidnap By Numbers in this humdrum thriller that never has a single scary moment. Charlize Theron plays Alpha Mother Victim, a woman whose sickeningly sweet daughter (Dakota Fanning) is kidnapped before her very eyes and one of the captors (Kevin Bacon) stays behind to keep an eye on her. Meanwhile, across … More Trapped

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Synecdoche, New York

BB (out of 5) Charlie Kaufman decides to forgo the intelligent interpretations of his zany scribblings by the likes of Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze and here directs for the first time. Oddly enough, the film looks and feels exactly the way it would if it were directed by the likes of Michel Gondry or … More Synecdoche, New York

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River’s Edge

BB.5 (out of 5) After a disturbed teenager murders his girlfriend and leaves her body by a river, he tells his friends about it. They all decide to keep it a secret after seeing the body for themselves, completely undisturbed by the sight of murder right in front of them, but two members of the … More River’s Edge

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