Go For Sisters (2013)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2013.  Anarchist’s Convention Films, Olmos Productions, Go For Films.   Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Kat Westergaard.  Produced by Peter Bobrow, Edward James Olmos, Alejandro Springall.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mara A. Spear.  Costume Design by Dana R. Woods.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Independent Spirit Awards 2013. John Sayles … More Go For Sisters (2013)

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The Book Of Life

BB.5 (out of 5) This movie is made by people trying to broaden a cultural experience to appeal to the lowest common denominator, and it has a severe lack of personality as a result.  Children on a field trip to a museum are given a real treat when their tour guide takes them to an … More The Book Of Life

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American Gigolo

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1980.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Giorgio Moroder.  Production Design by Edward Richardson.  Costume Design by Giorgio Armani.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.  Golden Globe Awards 1980.  Richard Gere made an icon of himself in this supposedly groundbreaking film, one that is only memorable because for once … More American Gigolo

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Tortilla Soup

BBBB.5 (out of 5) There’s nothing more annoying than when Americans remake foreign films, but this Latino adaptation of Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman is a notable exception. Of course, this is probably because the culture it depicts is treated just as abominably in America as Asians are, so it doesn’t really feel like … More Tortilla Soup

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Frankie And Johnny

BBBB (out of 5) This enjoyable drama is based on Terrence McNally’s play Frankie and Johnny In The Claire De Lune, about an overworked diner waitress (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is romanced by the short-order cook (Al Pacino) who works with her. While Pfeiffer is a ridiculously glamorous choice for the role (it was played by … More Frankie And Johnny

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Dear God

BBB (out of 5) Lightweight comic fantasy from Garry Marshall about a n’er-do-welling con artist (Greg Kinnear in his first leading role) who is forced to get a legitimate job when he gets caught by the authorities and ends up working the dead mail department of the United States Post Office. He opens up letters from … More Dear God

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Exit To Eden

B.5 (out of 5) Some funny moments involving Rosie O’Donnell are the only things worth getting out of this incredibly immature sex comedy. Adapted from the novel by Anne Rice (who has completely disassociated herself from the film version, and rightly so) it centres around the activities that take place on a resort island specializing in … More Exit To Eden

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