Jersey Boys

BB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood adapts the hit Broadway musical that covers the career of the Four Seasons, from a group of young kids singing under a street lamp to their fame as recording superstars.  John Lloyd Young reprises his stage role as Frankie Valli, the little guy with the golden voice whose unique falsetto…

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Lucky Bastard

B (out of 5) Rusty is happily partnered off with Daniel, and thinks nothing of it when his boyfriend goes out of town on business and he is left alone to his work designing and restoring old buildings. A chance meeting with sexy, manipulative Dale in a convenience store leads to dirty, fun sex in…

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Little Children

BB.5 (out of 5) It’s hard not to feel sorry for Todd Field’s sophomore effort, following his Oscar-nominated In The Bedroom: it wants so badly to be a great film that its failure to achieve this is that much harder to accept. Another in the long line of films exploring the seedy underbelly of suburban…

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Dreamgirls

BBBB.5 (out of 5) From the opening shot this film has a dazzling energy that never slackens before the explosive finale. A loosely factual chronicle of the birth of R&B and the early days of The Supremes, it begins with a three-girl singing group being discovered at a talent contest by a car salesman (Jamie…

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Picture Perfect

BBB (out of 5) Jennifer Aniston is delightful in this romantic comedy as a ladder-climbing advertising executive who gets wedding photographer Jay Mohr to pose as her fiance to impress her employers and stimulate the man of her dreams (Kevin Bacon). It’s not hard to see where this clutzy little arrangement will take these two, but at…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  …

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