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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Hollywood Homicide

BB (out of 5) Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett play an oddly matched team of homicide detectives, both of whom also have other jobs on the side. Ford is a real estate agent, while Hartnett is a yoga instructor and aspiring actor. The two of them have their lives swept into a whirlwind when they…

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Stonewall

BBB (out of 5) Shoddy little comedy that creates a fictional story surrounding the true event of the Stonewall riots:  on a June night in 1969, gay men of Greenwich Village decided they’d had the last of being raided by the police, and by retaliating ended a period of openly violent police abuse and bias….

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Girl 6 (1996)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by  Suzan-Lori Parks.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Alex Steyermark.  Production Design by Ina Mayhew.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.  Cannes Film Festival 1996. Theresa Randle  plays a struggling actress who takes a job at…

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Clockers (1995)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Richard Price, Spike Lee, based on the book by Richard Price.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.  …

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True Crime

BB.5 (out of 5) For every fresh and original thriller like Memento that comes along, there are a dozen routine ones like True Crime. Clint Eastwood  directs and stars as a womanizing reporter who is assigned to interview a death-row inmate (Isaiah Washington) on the morning of his execution. The condemned man’s personal testimony coupled…

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Out Of Sight (1998)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1998.  Universal Pictures, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.  Academy Awards 1998.   Ultra-cool tale of an ex-con bank…

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Ghost Ship

BB.5 (out of 5) A steamboat salvage crew led by Gabriel Byrne are told by a pilot (Desmond Harrington) about an abandoned ocean liner that he witnessed drifting in the middle of the Bering Strait. The crew head straight for the vessel, revelling in their good fortune that the ship is floating in international waters and…

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Bulworth

BBBBB (out of 5) Warren Beatty plays Jay Billington Bulworth, an unhappy conservative Senator who decides that the best course of action for his political career is to take a contract out on his own life. Thanks to the knowledge that he’s on his way out, he speaks to his constituents with a newly found…

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