The Best of Enemies (2019)

ROBIN BISSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2019.  Astute Films, Material Pictures.  Screenplay by Robin Bissell, based on the book by Osha Gray Davidson.  Cinematography by David Lanzenberg.  Produced by Matt Berenson, Fred Bernstein, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Danny Strong, Dominique Telson.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design … More The Best of Enemies (2019)

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The Face Of Love

BB (out of 5) A romantic drama with so many miscalculated contrivances, it will make the worst Nicholas Sparks adaptations seem like 12 Years A Slave.  The wonderful Annette Bening and the usually reliable (if rarely likeable) Ed Harris are undone by a god-awful script and hackneyed direction.  She plays a widow who lost her husband (Harris) … More The Face Of Love

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The Vanishing

BBB (out of 5) American remakes of foreign films are hardly ever as good as their originals, but in this case the insult is further compounded by the fact that the director of the original Dutch version (with the same title) remade this ridiculously lame version himself.  Kiefer Sutherland and girlfriend Sandra Bullock stop at a service … More The Vanishing

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Seabiscuit

BBB.5 (out of 5) What do an abandoned horse jockey, a grieving millionaire car manufacturer and an unemployed horse whisperer have in common? Fate, for it seems that it will bring them together to be a part of the success of a racehorse who will symbolize the hope of Depression-era America. After losing his son … More Seabiscuit

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Pleasantville

BBBB (out of 5) Tobey Maguire experiences a dream come true when he is magically transported along with his always-at-odds sister (Reese Witherspoon) to the world of his favourite Leave It To Beaver-like 50s television sitcom. Once there, he and his sis find themselves slowly turning this quiet, peaceful black and white town into a … More Pleasantville

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The Sum Of All Fears (2002)

PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Paramount Pictures, Mace Neufeld Productions, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, S.O.A.F. Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, Daniel Pyne, based on the novel by Tom Clancy.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau.  Film Editing by Nicolas … More The Sum Of All Fears (2002)

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Corrina, Corrina

BBBB (out of 5) One of the most insightful views into strained race relations in Small Town America in the 1960s is in this powerful romantic drama.  Whoopi Goldberg stars as a university-educated woman whose best prospects of employment are being the housekeeper and nanny for a widower (Ray Liotta) and his daughter (a delightful … More Corrina, Corrina

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