Support The Girls (2018)

ANDREW BUJALSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Burn Later Productions, Houston King Productions.  Screenplay by Andrew Bujalski.  Cinematography by Matthias Grunsky.  Produced by Houston King, Sam Slater.  Production Design by Jake Kuykendall.  Costume Design by Colin Wilkes.  Film Editing by Karen Skloss.   Regina Hall plays the manager of a Hooters-esque restaurant who takes her job seriously, and on this particular…

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Dating My Mother (2017)

MIKE ROMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2017.  DMM Movie.  Screenplay by Mike Roma.  Cinematography by Griffin Yu.  Produced by Ashley Hillis.  Music by Michael O’Konis.  Costume Design by Claire Heddles.  Film Editing by Mike Roma.   Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. Danny (Patrick Reilly) lives in New Jersey with his widowed mother Joan (Kathryn Erbe), having moved back in with her after…

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Certain Women

BBB (out of 5) Kelly Reichardt adapts three stories by Maile Meloy and gives them a slight connecting thread. Laura Dern is excellent in the best of the three as a lawyer whose mentally injured client (Jared Harris) has already lost his battle with his former employer but still thinks he has grounds to sue for the…

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Night Moves

BB.5 (out of 5) Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning star in Kelly Reichardt’s moody drama as dedicated environmentalists who are determined to blow up a dam that they believe is ecologically damaging.  Teaming up with a shadier and even more militant activist (Peter Sarsgaard), this rag-tag, small time version of the Earth Liberation Front put together the…

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The Rapture

BBBB (out of 5) Mimi Rogers plays a swinging single telephone operator who has grown weary of going out with her male friend in search of couples for partner-swapping sex parties. Feeling hollowed out by her concentration on the carnal, she ends up joining a small cult of Christians who are waiting for the Rapture…

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Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle

BBBB (out of 5) Alan Rudolph, the mini-Robert Altman, comes up with a formless foray into the world of Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and the Algonquin set of New York in the 1930s. Parker, a noted drama critic and fiction writer, was the most notable individual of a group of writers, painters, actors and…

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Bad Girls

BB.5 (out of 5) Silly Revlon western does everything possible to ruin the fun that the four strong women leads are obviously having. Drew Barrymore, Andie MacDowell, Mary Stuart Masterson and Madeleine Stowe are four ladies in the wild, wild west who are on the run from the law when one of them kills a popular citizen…

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Lovely And Amazing

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Nicole Holofcener has fashioned a film that lives up to its title, one populated by complicated women who are notable female anti-heroes.  Brenda Blethyn is the mother of three daughters, two adults (Catherine Keener, Emily Mortimer) and one adopted ten year-old (Raven Goodwin in an excellent debut). As matriarch, Blethyn sets the pace…

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Enemy Of The State

BBB (out of 5) Tony Scott once again overdoes it with the flashy editing and melodramatic camera work in this rather hollow thriller, making his best effort to disguise a simple plot and shallow characters with high style and doing a very poor job of it. What there is to enjoy is actually not too…

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Safe (1995)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1995.  American Playhouse Theatrical Films, Killer Films, Chemical Films, Good Machine, Kardana Productions, Channel Four Films, Arnold Semler, American Playhouse, Kardana Films.  Screenplay by Todd Haynes.  Cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy.  Produced by Christine Vachon, Lauren Zalaznick.  Music by Ed Tomney.  Production Design by David J. Bomba, Clare Scarpulla.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film Editing…

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World Traveler

BB.5 (out of 5) Billy Crudup is sitting in his living room one day, reflecting on his life with his beautiful wife and newborn son, then decides to leave home and roam the country with nowhere in particular to go. His adventures take him to various places where he makes new friends, meets lots of…

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Trust The Man

BB (out of 5) The ups and downs of two couples are examined in this romantic comedy, with director Bart Freundlich taking a stab at Woody Allen’s territory. David Duchovny has quit his job in advertising to be a househusband while his wife (Julianne Moore) continues her successful career as an actress. Her brother and…

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