Bye Bye Braverman (1968)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1968.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Herbert Sargent, based on the novel To An Early Grave by Wallace Markfield.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.   Produced by Sidney Lumet.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Ben Kasazkow.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.  George Segal is fighting with wife … More Bye Bye Braverman (1968)

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The Boys In the Band

BBBB (out of 5) Mart Crowley’s hit stage play reaches the screen relatively intact, taking place over the course of an evening with nine friends celebrating the birthday of one of their group. All of them are gay men with the exception of one (and we’re left to wonder about him too), as Michael throws … More The Boys In the Band

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For The Boys

BBB.5 (out of 5) An unstoppable Bette Midler is the main reason to watch this above-average soap opera about a singing team who tour three American wars entertaining soldiers everywhere. As the years progress and the wars get dirtier, Dixie Leonard (Midler) finds herself losing faith in what it’s all about, especially when it is compounded … More For The Boys

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Duets

BB (out of 5) Looking for a good musical? Bypass this one quickly, about a group of shallow characters who work their way towards a national karaoke contest. Scott Speedman plays the sleepy-eyed cutiepie (a role once marked for Brad Pitt years before he and co-star Gwyneth Paltrow broke up) who escorts Maria Bello (a well performed but poorly … More Duets

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Awakenings

BBBB (out of 5) Dr. Oliver Sacks’ autobiographical account of his years dealing with comatose patients makes for absorbing viewing in this touching, intelligent film. Sacks (Robin Williams) is presented with a room full of patients who all suffered during an encephalitis epidemic and fell into comas from which they have yet to awaken. Sacks’ … More Awakenings

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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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