Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

MARTIN McDONAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Blueprint Pictures.  Screenplay by Martin McDonagh.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Martin McDonagh. Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Inbal Weinberg.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Jon Gregory.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Independent Spirit Awards 2017. Toronto International Film Festival 2017. The sleepy little … More Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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Slow West

BBB (out of 5) A young Scotsman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) shows up in the American west, a land that in the nineteenth century is still made up of wide, open frontiers and very little civilized law.  His purpose is to find the homestead of his beloved lass and her father who immigrated there before him, but along … More Slow West

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Mr. Turner

BBBBB (out of 5) The life and work of J.M.W. Turner are visited in this impressionistic exercise in brilliance by Mike Leigh, here making yet another unforgettably perfect film.  It also marks a return to the Victorian era following his masterful Topsy-Turvy, but where that film was much more concerned with a precise recreation of … More Mr. Turner

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Hysteria

BB.5 (out of 5) Constantly frustrating his fellow medical practitioners with his radical ideas about germs and viruses, young idealistic doctor Hugh Dancy finds himself without work on a frequent basis.  His wealthy patron (Rupert Everett) can do little for him, having exhausted all his options to get the man a posting, so Dancy is thrilled … More Hysteria

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Penelope

BB.5 (out of 5) Thanks to a curse placed upon her family centuries earlier when an ancestor impregnated and then abandoned a servant girl, young Penelope (Christina Ricci) is born with the face of a pig, including floppy ears and an adorably snouty mouth. Her aristocratic parents (Catherine O’Hara, Richard E. Grant), fearing the worst, … More Penelope

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In Bruges

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell are hit men who have been sent to the picturesque town of Bruges, Belgium to cool their heels after an assignment has gone wrong. Farrell botched his first job and now he’s racked with guilt at the same time that he’s thoroughly bored with what he considers to … More In Bruges

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Living Out Loud

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Powerful film inspired by Chekhov stories from first-time director and accomplished screenwriter Richard LaGravenese. Holly Hunter superbly plays a recent divorcee who has no idea that reclaiming her own identity after her husband (Martin Donovan) leaves her for a much younger woman will be a long journey of self-discovery and painful missteps. … More Living Out Loud

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