JAMES PONSOLDT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. United Arab Emirates/USA, 2017. 1978 Films, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Likely Story, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Playtone, Route One Entertainment. Screenplay by James Ponsoldt, Dave Eggers, based on the novel by Dave Eggers. Cinematography by Matthew Libatique. Produced by Anthony Bregman, Gary Goetzman, James Ponsoldt. Music by Danny Elfman. Production Design by Gerald Sullivan. Costume Design by … More The Circle (2017)
B (out of 5) A Donald E. Westlake novel has once again proven to make for an awkward and unhip comedy on screen. Fernando Trueba’s half-baked Two Much is followed by this comedy about a high-end thief (Martin Lawrence) who gets embroiled in a battle of wills when he is apprehended during a heist and ends up … More What’s The Worst That Could Happen?
B.5 (out of 5) Raucously noisy adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s popular novel that has Bruce Willis giving an excellent performance in what is otherwise a really brutal mess. He plays a car salesman whose world starts coming apart when he finds the pressures of his life are just getting to be too much. Barbara Hershey is wasted … More Breakfast Of Champions
BBBB (out of 5) Riveting thriller is a rare example of genre work from director Alan Rudolph, one of his best and most interesting films. Placing the emphasis on character development, the film unfolds slowly as main character Demi Moore tells the police her version of the events leading up to the vicious murder of her … More Mortal Thoughts
BBB (out of 5) Poignantly written and directed film about the abandoning of youthful pleasures in the face of adult responsibility. A group of college friends in the early seventies leave their own graduation party and head across the Mexican border in search of adventure. What they really want is a last hurrah before they … More Fandango
BBBB (out of 5) Comedic romp through the world of con artists is the lighter sibling to The Grifters. Michael Caine plays a world class con man who swindles royals out of their jewels with fake sob stories until he meets his match in small-time grifter Steve Martin. The two of them realize that the coastal … More Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
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