The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

SARA COLANGELO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Pie Films, Farcaster Films, Imagination Park Entertainment, Liner Films, Manhattan Productions, Maven Pictures, PaperChase Films, Pia Pressure, Piapressure, Studio Mao.  Screenplay by Sara Colangelo, based on a screenplay by Nadav Lapid.  Cinematography by Pepe Avila del Pino.  Produced by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler.  Music…

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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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Neruda

BBBB (out of 5) Pablo Neruda has helped elect Videla to office but now greatly regrets the effort, and despite his Communist party membership making him a target of the president’s efforts to wipe the party out, Neruda maintains his ability to speak his mind about his country’s politics while also wooing the Chilean populace…

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Rosewater

BB (out of 5) Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal) leaves his pregnant wife in London to visit his home country and cover the controversial 2009 democratic elections that saw incumbent Ahmadinejad’s established reign under threat. Insistent that he will only be gone for a few days and that his wife need not worry…

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I’m With Lucy

BBBB (out of 5) Cute romantic comedy that is buoyed by Monica Potter‘s first-rate lead performance. Lucy is viciously dumped by her seemingly perfect boyfriend (Craig Bierko), then goes on five dates with different guys throughout the course of the year. Next thing we know, she’s getting married, but to find out which is the…

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Blindness

BBB (out of 5) Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago’s bestselling novel reaches the big screen with mixed results. After a random driver succumbs to a case of instant blindness, his condition turns out to be an infectious disease that rages through his unnamed city and leaves its entire population without sight. The first large groups…

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Amores Perros

BBB (out of 5) A tragic car accident in downtown Mexico City serves as the centre around which three stories loosely revolve: Octavio wants his sister-in-law to leave his abusive thief of a brother and so enters dog-fighting competitions to raise money for their getaway; a supermodel is horribly injured following the accident and can hardly…

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Babel

BBBB (out of 5) It sure is a tough day when being American catches up with you. A random, careless act of violence has repercussions that span the globe when two children in a dusty, Moroccan village decide to test their new rifle by aiming at a tour bus, critically injuring an American tourist (Cate…

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The Limits Of Control

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jim Jarmusch follows the success of Broken Flowers with a gorgeously photographed triptych into strangeness that doesn’t find the same success with its audience. Isaach De Bankolé is a disaffected hit man for hire who is assigned a secretly coded task. He travels through cities in Spain meeting various colourful characters (Jarmusch’s…

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Y Tu Mama Tambien

BBBB (out of 5) Teenage recklessness is given a deserved slap in the face by director Alfonso Cuaron in this warmhearted and unapologetically sexy film. Two high school graduates, Tenoch (Diego Luna), a staggeringly wealthy rebel, and Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal), a more middle-class but equally feckless young man, are faced with a summer full…

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The Crime Of Father Amaro (El Crimen Del Padre Amaro)

BBBB (out of 5) A young priest prepares for his studies in Rome by presiding over a parish in a tiny Mexican town. He arrives with all sorts of lofty ideals, but is immediately ensconced by the corruption and hypocrisy of the more jaded church leaders who surround him. One priest is involved with local…

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The Motorcycles Diaries (Diarios De Motocicleta)

BBBB (out of 5) One semester shy of completing medical school, 23 year-old Ernesto de la Serna, later to be known as revolutionary leader Che Guevara, sets off on a journey across South America with his best friend Alberto Granado. The two of them (both played brilliantly by Gael Garcia Bernal as Guevara and Rodrigo…

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