Go For Sisters (2013)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2013.  Anarchist’s Convention Films, Olmos Productions, Go For Films.   Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Kat Westergaard.  Produced by Peter Bobrow, Edward James Olmos, Alejandro Springall.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mara A. Spear.  Costume Design by Dana R. Woods.  Film Editing by John Sayles. John Sayles is in top form…

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Con Air (1997)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Kouf/Bigelow Productions, Runway Pictures, Hiett Designs of Las Vegas.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Mark Mancina, Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Chas. Butcher, Edward T. McAvoy, Seven L. Nielsen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Steve Mirkovich, Glen Scantlebury.  Academy…

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Colombiana

BB.5 (out of 5) After witnessing her parents’ murder before her eyes as a child, Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) grows up with nothing but vengeance on her mind, taken from her home in Colombia and raised in Chicago by her uncle (Cliff Curtis). Now a grown woman, Cataleya spends days and nights chasing down all the…

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The New World

BBB (out of 5) Like all of Terrence Malick’s films, this epic adventure is so gorgeous you’ll think you’re leafing through a book of high-art photographs; unfortunately, the experience of watching it is not much more exciting than that.  Colin Farrell is more than substantial as Captain John Smith, a mutineer who is given a second…

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Lone Star

BBB.5 (out of 5) John Sayles’ writing in this fascinating drama wanders a bit too much for its own good, but his storytelling and character depth is still better than most filmmakers around. Chris Cooper gives an excellent performance as a Texan sherriff who uncovers a years-old mystery involving his late father (played in flashback…

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New York Stories (1989)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, MARTIN SCORSESE, WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1989.  Touchstone Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Price, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros, Sven Nykvist, Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Robert Greenhut, Fred Roos, Barbara De Fina, Fred Fuchs.  Music by Carmine Coppola.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto, Dean Tavoularis, Kristi…

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