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. John Sayles is in top form…

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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…

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American Gigolo

BB.5 (out of 5) Richard Gere made an icon of himself in this supposedly groundbreaking film, one that is only memorable because for once it is a man selling his body for money in the centre of a sex thriller and not a woman (with a heart of gold or otherwise). He plays a high-priced gigolo who…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Other Sister

BBB (out of 5) Juliette Lewis‘ heartfelt performance adds much gravity to this sudsy comedy-drama by schlockmeister Garry Marshall. She plays the mentally challenged daughter of Diane Keaton and Tom Skerritt who has spent most of her life in a posh institution and has now finally grown up and returned home to live with her family. The…

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Pretty Woman

BBB (out of 5) After you have finished enjoying the adorably plucky Julia Roberts, don’t you ever notice that you’re watching a romantic comedy where a man falls in love with his sex servant? Roberts plays Vivian, a worldly prostitute who turns out to be a big virgin when her latest sugardaddy (Richard Gere) hands her…

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Runaway Bride

B.5 (out of 5) Idiotic romantic comedy from Garry Marshall that makes his Pretty Woman seem like a graduate thesis. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere (reunited from the aforementioned romantic comedy after nine years) do extremely well with a ridiculous script about a young woman who can’t seem to make it all the way down the altar, and the…

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Valentine’s Day

BB (out of 5) Garry Marshall spreads his penchant for empty-headed feelgood stories over a multitude of characters in this nearly unbearable romantic comedy that examines the lives of Los Angelinos on Valentine’s Day. Among them is a teenager (Emma Roberts) preparing to have sex with her boyfriend for the first time, a secretary (Anne…

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How High

B (out of 5) Maybe if this ridiculous reefer comedy weren’t so boring it would score higher points. Rap music stars Redman and Method Man are excellent as two marijuana enthusiasts who get in to Harvard University (thanks to some supernatural assistance, the lamest subplot in the film) and proceed to turn the straight-laced, whitey-tighty campus…

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