Certain Women (2016)

KELLY REICHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2016.  Film Science, Stage 6 Films.  Screenplay by Kelly Reichardt, based on stories by Maile Meloy.  Cinematography by Christopher Blauvelt.  Produced by Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani.  Music by Jeff Grace.  Production Design by Anthony Gasparro.  Costume Design by April Napier.  Film Editing by Kelly Reichardt.  Gotham Awards 2016.  Independent Spirit Awards 2016.  Toronto International … More Certain Women (2016)

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Allied

BB.5 (out of 5) A Canadian spy (Brad Pitt) working for the British forces during World War II is sent to Casablanca, where he plays house with a French agent (Marion Cotillard) until they can pull off the assassination of a Nazi bigwig.  They do their jobs but they also give into a mutual attraction that … More Allied

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

GUY RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Warner Bros., RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Wigram Productions, Davis Entertainment.  Story by Jeff Kleeman, David C. Wilson, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Screenplay by Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, based on the television series by Sam Rolfe.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Steve Clark-Hall, John Davis, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design … More The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

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Chinese Box

BBB.5 (out of 5) Touching romantic triangle set against the backdrop of an ever-changing Hong Kong preparing for the Communist takeover. Jeremy Irons gives a brilliantly understated performance as a dying journalist who hasn’t gotten over his love for the beautiful Li Gong.  Maggie Cheung is also marvelous as a street hustler with whom Irons finds himself … More Chinese Box

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Igby Goes Down

BBBB (out of 5) Kieran Culkin gives a fine performance as Igby, a troubled teenager who constantly infuriates his socially upstanding mother (Susan Sarandon) by getting himself kicked out of every prep school on the eastern seaboard. He eventually decides to strike out on his own, quitting his latest scholastic institution and becoming an independent man … More Igby Goes Down

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B. Monkey

BB.5 (out of 5) Oddball gangster flick stars an appealing cast in a story that makes far too little sense. Jared Harris (Richard’s son) plays a school teacher and hospital disc jockey (?) who has no idea that his beautiful new girlfriend (Asia Argento) was once a hired killer. Of course, he has wanted an exciting life … More B. Monkey

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The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1992.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screenplay by Michael Mann, Christopher Crowe, based on the 1936 screenplay by Philip Dunne, adaptation by John L. Balderston, Paul Perez, Daniel Moore,  and the novel by James Fenimore Cooper.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Hunt Lowry, Michael Mann.  Music by Randy Edelman, Trevor Jones.  Production … More The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)

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