Lenny Bruce: Swear To Tell The Truth

BBBB (out of 5) Robert Weide directs a loving tribute to the work of one of the founding fathers of stand-up comedy. Lenny Bruce had a charismatic manner about him that clicked with audiences practically from the start, his earlier, tamer routines finding him fame on television before he began to use the microphone to air…

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Tempest (1982)

BB (out of 5) Bloated, self-important near-adaptation of Shakespeare’s play in a modern setting, with John Cassavetes as an architect who has disturbing, prophetic dreams about his family. Fed up with his difficult home life with his wife (Gena Rowlands) and sick of his job working as an architect for a ruthless millionaire (Vittorio Gassman), Cassavetes…

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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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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1984.  Orion Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.   This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab…

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