Destroyer (2018)

KARYN KUSAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  30West, Automatik.  Screenplay by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.  Cinematography by Julie Kirkwood.  Produced by Fred Berger, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.   Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Kay Lee.  Costume Design by Audrey Fisher.  Film Editing by Plummy Tucker.  Golden Globe Awards 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. A grizzled, self-destructive Los Angeles cop (Nicole…

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Patch Adams

BB (out of 5) This shamelessly maudlin comedy/drama that is “based on a true story”.  Robin Williams gives a performance that basically copies his own formula from such hits as Dead Poets Society and Mrs. Doubtfire as a suicidal, aimless psychiatric ward inmate who decides to get out of the hospital and study to become a…

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So I Married An Axe Murderer

BB.5 (out of 5) Lightweight but sporadically funny comedy about a Beat-inspired poet (Mike Myers) who falls in love with the perfect woman (Nancy Travis), then discovers she could be the serial killer who is rampaging through the country killing men on their wedding nights. He airs his suspicions to his best friend (Anthony LaPaglia,…

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Sweet November

BBB (out of 5) Charlize Theron gives an excellent performance as a free-spirited young woman who unlocks the guarded heart of a cold and selfish advertising executive (Reeves), getting him to leave his job behind and awaken to his real emotions. She shows him the best parts of life and then goes all terminal illness on…

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Lucky You

B (out of 5) Unbearable mess about a gambling addict (Eric Bana) who meets a sweet Las Vegas lounge singer (Drew Barrymore) and risks the possibility of moving away from destruction and towards something healthy. He can’t back away from the opportunity of a lifetime, however, when a poker championship beckons and his star opponent…

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Milk

BBBB.5 (out of 5) New York businessman Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) finds love with James Franco and decides he can live the closeted life no longer. The two of them pack up their car in the mid-70s and head for San Francisco, where Milk sets up a camera shop on Castro Street. His immense popularity with…

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True Crime

BB.5 (out of 5) For every fresh and original thriller like Memento that comes along, there are a dozen routine ones like True Crime. Clint Eastwood  directs and stars as a womanizing reporter who is assigned to interview a death-row inmate (Isaiah Washington) on the morning of his execution. The condemned man’s personal testimony coupled…

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The Island

BBB (out of 5) Imagine Blade Runner combined with Dirty Pretty Things and take away all the intelligence and sensitivity and you’ve got this fun, frothy action film by an amazingly subdued (for him) Michael Bay. Following a post-apocalyptic, nuclear contamination, human survivors live in a series of remote towers where their health and welfare…

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Copycat

BBBB (out of 5) Serve up a creepy, gratuitously disgusting film like Seven with Brad Pitt and it is mistaken for tough filmmaking. Deliver a much more intelligent (and flashier) thriller with Hitchcockian overtones and two sterling leads (but no poster-boy star) and the crowds stay away in droves. Well, now you should rediscover it,…

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