Wilson (1944)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck really put his back into the studio’s prestige picture of 1944 with this polished and respectable hagiography of the 28th American president, applying the technological power (Technicolor cinematography, giant sets) usually reserved for big-budget musicals.  The film begins with Woodrow Wilson’s days as president of Princeton…

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Selma (2014)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Cloud Eight Films, Celador Films, Harpo Films, Pathe, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Webb.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey.  Music by Jason Moran.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.  Academy Awards 2014.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.   By 1964, the…

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Going My Way

BBB (out of 5) Delightful musical about a kindhearted Irish American priest (Bing Crosby) trying to lift up the spirits of the street kids in his neighbourhood. He’s so laid back and easygoing a guy, he doesn’t even object to singing a song or two for the kiddies, even while tight assed superior Barry Fitzgerald (who…

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Gaslight

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ingrid Bergman won her first of three Academy Awards for this superficial Victorian mystery about an innocent woman whose manipulative husband (Charles Boyer) is trying to convince her that she is insane in order to push her towards suicide. She comes very close to believing it, but what woman hasn’t nearly gone…

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