The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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Sudden Impact

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood‘s Dirty Harry is back for a fourth chapter and the guy is still a celluloid treat. The lines of good and evil get muddied when Harry becomes the target of a mob family after antagonizing an elderly mafioso that the cops have under surveillance, forcing the department to send…

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The Enforcer

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood is back as Dirty Harry and he’s still a force of nature that the movies can barely contain. The streets of San Francisco are once again dirtied up by the presence of killers, this time a group of disillusioned Vietnam vets who cause mayhem on the streets, kidnap the mayor…

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Jersey Boys

BB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood adapts the hit Broadway musical that covers the career of the Four Seasons, from a group of young kids singing under a street lamp to their fame as recording superstars.  John Lloyd Young reprises his stage role as Frankie Valli, the little guy with the golden voice whose unique falsetto…

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American Sniper

BB.5 (out of 5) The life and legend of Chris Kyle is the subject of a tepid and wholly uneven war film by Clint Eastwood, highlighting the military career of a soldier who did four tours during the Iraq war before his life ended in tragic circumstances on his own home turf.  Bradley Cooper is…

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Tightrope

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood plays a New Orleans detective who has quite the case up against him: someone is going around killing ladies of the night, some of whom our hero has enjoyed kinky dalliances with in the past. Is it possible that the murderer is targeting Eastwood personally? Enter Genevieve Bujold as a rape…

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Invictus

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nelson Mandela is released from prison after having served twenty seven years as a political prisoner, and goes on to become the first democratically elected President of South Africa by an overwhelming majority in 1994. His new position signals the end of the country’s brutal Apartheid, with Mandela now in the…

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J. Edgar

BBBB (out of 5) Director Clint Eastwood and writer Dustin Lance Black look to rehabilitate the reputation of one of the twentieth century’s shadiest political figures, J. Edgar Hoover. This reverent but never stodgy biopic has an aged Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio under some very impressive makeup) narrate the story of his career to a series of…

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Hereafter

BB.5 (out of 5) Clint Eastwood usually presents a deft combination of soul-stirring fancy and hard-hitting realism: the missing child plot of Changeling or the melodramatic pathos of Million Dollar Baby are just two examples of films whose stories don’t take place in a world familiar to the majority of viewers and yet come off…

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Gran Torino

BBBBB (out of 5) Nobody can top the power that is Eastwood; the man is 1500 years old if he’s a day and he’s still the scariest cat out there. On top of that, he adds another classic to his body of work with this exceptional drama about the sacrifices made in an effort to…

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Changeling

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood goes the tearjerker route with this surprisingly effective melodrama based on a true story. If for no other reason, he gets major points for not putting “Based On A True Story” before the opening credits and, as so many films before have done, demanding a level of respect (and…

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Flags Of Our Fathers

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood gives the dramatic depth to a World War II movie that was missing from Saving Private Ryan and the Band Of Brothers series to this heartfelt film that captures the experience of American soldiers in the battle of Iwo Jima. More specifically it centres around the now famous photograph…

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