Advise & Consent

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Otto Preminger made waves when he originally released this film, ignoring the “Condemned” rating given by the Catholic Legion Of Decency and releasing it without their approval; when the film made a tidy profit, it drove one of the major nails into Hollywood’s well-established censorship system. Decades later, the content that … More Advise & Consent

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Flags Of Our Fathers

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2006.  DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment, Malpaso Productions.  Screenplay by William Broyles Jr., Paul Haggis, based on the book by James Bradley, Ron Powers.  Cinematography by Tom Stern.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Steven Spielberg.  Music by Clint Eastwood.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing by Joel … More Flags Of Our Fathers

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Wonder Boys

BBBBB (out of 5) Rich, uplifting comedy from Curtis Hanson, with Michael Douglas better than ever before as an aging college professor who has the weekend from hell fall in his lap: his married girlfriend (Frances McDormand, another golden notch in her belt) is pregnant, his troubled but gifted student (Tobey Maguire) really has some problems … More Wonder Boys

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Small Time Crooks (2000)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Sweetland Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.   Tracey Ullman is magnificent as Woody Allen‘s exasperated wife, who starts a cookie business as a front for her husband’s plans for … More Small Time Crooks (2000)

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