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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Great Directors

BB.5 (out of 5) Angela Ismailos travels the world interviewing filmmakers of note and having them speak on camera about their experiences and achievements.  A wonderful assortment of artists are happy to share their opinions and memories, from David Lynch talking about the career-changing introduction to Mel Brooks, to Agnes Varda reflecting on aging, Catherine Breillat discussing censorship and John Sayles spelling out the…

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Girlfight

BBBBB (out of 5) A fantastic story about a young woman (Michelle Rodriguez) who wants to reach beyond her seemingly small life through boxing. To hear the description of a movie about a girl boxer who has to fight the boy boxer she’s just fallen in love with, you might expect a cheese ball teenage…

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Straight Talk

BBB.5 (out of 5) Dolly Parton brings her naturally fresh and fun personality to this unoriginal romantic comedy. She plays an out-of-work small town gal who decides to leave her boyfriend and head for the big city of Chicago. After she accidentally stumbles into a stint taking over as a love doctor on a radio program,…

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Malcolm X (1992)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Japan, 1992.  Largo International N.V., JVC Entertainment Networks, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee, Ahmed Murad, Marvin Worth.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design…

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Something Wild

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Jonathan Demme’s best films is this delightfully mad caper starring Melanie Griffith in a brilliant, endearing performance. Jeff Daniels plays a straight-laced businessman who mistakenly accepts a ride from a sexy wild child (Griffith) that turns out to be an endless adventure. Instead of taking him home, Griffith takes…

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The Brother From Another Planet

BBBB (out of 5) This enjoyable, low-budget science-fiction film tackles racism in a clever way. After an alien ( Joe Morton) crashes his spaceship onto planet Earth, he finds himself wandering modern day New York City in search of refuge from the evil enslavement of his home planet. What he finds in the Big Apple,…

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Lianna

BBBB (out of 5) After years of a seemingly happy marriage, Lianna (Linda Griffiths) decides to leave her husband because she can no longer deny the fact that she is a lesbian. Entering the dating scene after so long is treacherous enough, but navigating her way through one she is unfamiliar with is even harder…

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Casa De Los Babys

BBBB (out of 5) Six women stay at a resort in Mexico, some for months on end, waiting for the paperwork to come through on their adoptions of orphan children, while their hotel manager (Rita Moreno) is desperate to accommodate them without going crazy or killing her political upstart of a son. John Sayles has…

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Passion Fish

BBBBB (out of 5) John Sayles’ masterpiece is this brilliant two-character drama that you wish could go on forever. After she is paralyzed from the waist down in an auto accident, a bitter soap opera actress (Mary McDonnell) decides to move back home to her parents’ house in Louisiana. She hires a hilarious succession of…

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Sunshine State

BBB (out of 5) John Sayles has dealt with different American states in many of the films he’s made in the last fifteen or so years, this time giving us a slice of life from the orange-growing capital of the world, Florida. The story features an endless slew of characters and their involvement in the…

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Limbo

BBBB (out of 5) Beautifully photographed Alaska adventure by John Sayles, who continues his habit of delivering brilliant character studies in compelling circumstances. Perpetually single club singer Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has broken up with yet another boyfriend and is moving out; her daughter (Vanessa Martinez) stopped communicating with her long ago, taking her anger out on…

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