Boys Don’t Cry

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Hilary Swank gives a fantastic performance as Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon until she grows up and realizes that her identity is that of a male.  No surprise that unveiling this aspect of himself doesn’t go over quite as well as you’d hope in a gritty Nebraska town. Chloe Sevigny is excellent as … More Boys Don’t Cry

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world … More Pay It Forward

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The Shipping News

BBB (out of 5) Disappointing adaptation of E. Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Kevin Spacey is riveting as a Poughkeepsie newspaper ink-setter whose life does a complete reversal when his estranged aunt (Judi Dench) shows up and takes him to their ancestral home in Newfoundland, following the death of his unfaithful wife (Cate Blanchett).  He gets a … More The Shipping News

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Judas Kiss (1998)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Adorable Jim Thompson-esque gangster film features excellent characters actors and fun twisted plot. Carla Gugino and Simon Baker take a prominent political figure’s lover (Greg Wise) for ransom, but when a shooting occurs during the kidnapping it makes the whole deal a little hairier than expected. Now the players in this game have … More Judas Kiss (1998)

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Pineapple Express

DAVID GORDON GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2008.  Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Apatow Productions.  Story by Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Screenplay by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg.  Cinematography by Tim Orr.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Chris L. Spellman.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by Craig Alpert.  Golden Globe Awards 2008.   Process … More Pineapple Express

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’10’ (1979)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Geoffrey Productions, Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Blake Edwards.  Cinematography by Frank Stanley.  Produced by Tony Adams, Blake Edwards.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Rodger Maus.  Costume Design by Patricia Edwards.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.   Pleasantly enjoyable sex comedy by Blake Edwards that never really amounts … More ’10’ (1979)

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